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Stone Edge Farm mourns the loss of Craig Wooster

Stone Edge Farm has lost a close friend, our innovative and talented MicroGrid project manager. Craig Wooster, 66, died suddenly on October 16, 2018, of natural causes while at work in Sonoma.

Craig is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol Wooster, and by their sons, Troy and Trent Wooster.

Craig was born on October 30, 1951, in Queens, New York, and grew up in Oakland, California. He attended Humboldt State University and dedicated most of his adult life to building energy systems that create a more sustainable world. As CEO of Wooster Energy Engineering, he culminated his career with his greatest achievement, the Stone Edge Farm MicroGrid, which he and owner Mac McQuown conceptualized in 2013 and brought to life. Over the past five years, Craig supervised 82 interns, who ranged from high school to post-doctoral students.

During the October 2017 wildfires in Sonoma County, the MicroGrid became a “living laboratory” when the farm was evacuated, operating for ten days in island mode in the midst of a widespread power outage. This year, in early August, Craig looked on as Leslie McQuown pressed a button that returned the MicroGrid to island mode indefinitely.

With his passion for his work, Craig became a source of inspiration, technical acumen, integrity, and strength for all of those he touched.