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Application Date:

06/18/2018

Total Acres Desired:

10-20

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I have been a small time vegetable farmer an have worked on a few tree farms for large scale nurseries. With the resent growth in agricultural hemp I am looking for a nice piece of land to start farming for hemp fiber crops.

Application Date:

06/14/2018

Total Acres Desired:

10+

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I am coming from a different industry but am looking to either partner with someone with more experience looking to start a new farm or start a transfer of ownership process with a current farming professional looking to retire over the next few years.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Sean "Ryushin" Malone

Application Date:

06/03/2018

Total Acres Desired:

10

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

Previously I had a small, rustic off-grid homestead. We had 12 dairy goats, 3 american guinea hogs, meat rabbits and chickens, as well as a small garden. Currently I am staying at appleton creamery and helping around the farm in exchange for a portion of my rent.

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Application Date:

04/29/2018

Total Acres Desired:

2-4

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

The Maine Rice Project is based in Fairfield, Maine. It was founded in 2015 by Ben Rooney. The Maine Rice Project’s primary goal is to get more people in Maine growing and eating local, sustainably grown rice and other grains. We believe that integrated polyculture grains farming can increase profitability of small farms in Maine, while supporting the surrounding ecosystems and waterways.

The Maine Rice Project at Wild Folk Farm is the only commercial rice operation in Maine, and one of the largest in the Northeast. While Wild Folk has worked well as an initial location to pioneer rice growing in Maine and validate this as a genuine opportunity, the site is constrained by several factors that make it difficult to continue doing the research needed to optimize this polyculture paddy technology. One of the important takeaways from our experience at Wild Folk has been the realization that an effective paddy system is fundamentally site-specific, meaning that system design must take into account characteristics of the site where it is to be located. Designing a good rice paddy begins with selecting a good site.

Maine-grown rice is already commercial viable. We have seen a rapid rise in the demand for our rice, both from food and seed customers, in the last two years. The 2017 harvest was our largest yet, at 3000 pounds. Most of accounts, at restaurants, co-ops, and from individual sales, are requesting year-long supplies of rice, however demand has been so strong that by the end of 2017 we will be out of rice. Demand has significantly outpaced supply at this point, and the market is calling for increased production.

Why grow rice in Maine? Simply put, Maine has considerable wetland and clay-rich acreage, much of it on farmland that is quite fertile, but unusable for most forms of agriculture. Rice is a crop that grows well in these conditions, and thus could substantially increase the economic productivity of these farmlands. Many people think that Maine’s climate is too cold for rice growing. This is simply not the case. Rice has been grown for hundreds of years in Northern Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, and throughout eastern Europe in climates much the same, if not colder than Maine’s.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Karen Williams

Application Date:

04/26/2018

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I spent the last three years working on an intensive, organic no-till vegetable farm with a focus on building soil fertility. Korean Farming Techniques were often utilized including the use of Indigenous Microorganisms (IMO), and the use of fermented plant extracts. I am currently in contact with a local expert in the field of grain growing and I am working towards gaining access to land in order to grow heritage grains.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Andrew

Application Date:

04/26/2018

Total Acres Desired:

5 minimum, up to 30

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

We have been raising chickens for three years, and have starting with Nigerian Dwarf goats for dairy this year. We have hardened some, but our soil needs more improvement.

Application Date:

04/20/2018

Total Acres Desired:

10 +

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I have been growing veggies and cut flowers since 2010 when I got my start in CT on a small piece of leased land. My wife and I moved up to Maine 3 years ago and have been building up our homestead focusing on herbs, cut flowers and garlic. I am looking to further develop a business with a friend of mine devoted to low-bush organic blueberry production in Waldo/Knox County.

Application Date:

04/15/2018

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

No experience! Just casual gardening...

Application Date:

04/13/2018

Total Acres Desired:

10-50

Organic:
  • Yes
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I have WWOOFed on a production coffee farm in Kona, Hawaii, cultivated kale, beets, and pineapples on a subsistence farm in Hilo, Hawaii, I grew produce and flowers on a 1/2 acre urban garden in Portland, OR for one season, and I have helped build a greenhouse on a homestead in southwestern Virginia. I currently manage a 1/4 acre garden in Northport. Starting seeds, transplanting, cultivating, harvesting...mostly on a small scale. I have not operated heavy equipment like a tractor or plow.
I have experience building traditional Mongolian-style yurts, which I plan to eventually build and sell as part of the farm business. I am studying herbalism and currently work for Avena Botanicals.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Chad Mills

Application Date:

04/12/2018

Total Acres Desired:

30-75

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

We both grew up in Vermont and were exposed to farming and homesteads. Chad helped his grandparents build two log homes from their land when he was a teenager. Robyn has fond memories of haying on her grandfather's dairy farm and feeding calves from the bottle at her uncle's dairy farm. Her parents always had a huge garden, beef cattle, and hogs. She learned about food preservation at a very young age and continues this tradition today often using her mother's recipes. Her grandfather & uncle also had maple sugar operations which she was a part of.
As adults we have worked on the following farms:
Chad: Field manager for large scale (50 acre) vegetable production farm in Norwich, Vermont, Farm teacher at "The Farm School" for adults in Athol, MA, field worker in Livingston Manor, NY. He is also a master gardener. Chad has many skills that come in handy on a farm. He was a mechanic for 20 years and can fix most farm machinery including tractors. He is also skilled in carpentry, electrical, and plumbing. We remodeled our last home (1913) from the ground up.
Robyn: Two different small raw dairies specializing in cheese, butter, and yogurt...one in Gill, MA, the other in Summit, OR. Large scale berry farm in Gill, MA. Robyn was also a Maine Registered Guide in her mid-20's and took people on many rivers throughout Maine. She fell in love with the diverse landscape, people, and natural world there.
We are currently in Oregon but will be in Maine on May 21st, 2018 to live there permanently

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Jean Pauly

Application Date:

04/01/2018

Total Acres Desired:

20-60

Organic:
  • Yes
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

Garen founded his farm business on 2 acres in 1998 at Back River Farm. He sold at the Portsmouth, Durham, and Dover Farmers' Markets as well as wholesale to restaurants. He transitioned to his current location in 2010, changing his farm name to Garen's Greens. He leases 1.5 acres of land from Riverside Farm in South Berwick. He presently specializes in salad greens and roots, and sells primarily to restaurants and small stores, as well as at the Exeter and Rollinsford Winter Farmers' Markets. Jean co founded Meadow's Mirth Farm in 2004 and was involved in vegetable, berry, flower and dried bean growing. She marketed at various farmers markets as well as at local restaurants. Although she works two 'off farm' jobs, Jean is currently working on her Certification in Permaculture Design, and is experimenting with pollinator habitat creation. Garen and Jean are looking for a piece of property with enough land to continue growing vegetables, while expanding into small fruit and livestock production, while promoting diversity and wildlife habitat.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Mark Greene

Application Date:

03/29/2018

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Farm Manager
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I lived and worked on a 40-acre homestead in Athens, Maine for five years in my mid-twenties as an apprentice and then farm manager, and am finally at a place where I can return to Maine in the hopes of renewing farming activities. We are looking for a small plot to rent or buy, or a partnership opportunity. We have experience keeping meat and laying chickens and bees, syruping, and growing organic vegetables and fruit trees.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Melyssa Weed

Application Date:

03/26/2018

Total Acres Desired:

50-100

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I don't have much farming experience as I have never really lived on a farm. Besides visiting Mennonite friends when I was a teen living in Pennsylvania for a couple of weeks every summer and helping them with their dairy farm or bailing hay I don't have much experience. My partner Melyssa grew up in the Camden Hills area and has always wanted to have a farm. I am an electrical engineer and love all things engineering related. Melyssa is a laboratory scientist and has a passion for the outdoors.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

William Yulov

Application Date:

03/25/2018

Total Acres Desired:

5-10

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I have traveled the country farming as a teen and entering my young 20's.
Working with Seattle Youth Garden Works teaching younger and older people how to build structures, prep for the season, grow food, harvest and cook. Along with multiple private owned farms in northern Maine near Blue hill. I farm at my daycare and at home as well.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Catie Bramhall

Application Date:

02/28/2018

Total Acres Desired:

At least 10

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Farm Manager
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

For the past 3 years I've been managing a 40 acre retreat center property in the grasslands of the southwest desert. I have been managing and raising a flock of Navajo-Churro sheep in alignment with Holistic Management practices. I also have experience planting and managing fruit trees/orchards on a small scale and have worked as a farm worker on a biodynamic vegetable CSA farm. I have extensive training and practical experience in broad acre regenerative farm design and planning and am looking to applying that to my own regenerative farm project. I was also a volunteer of another CSA for about 5 years where I helped with the distribution. My wife has also worked on an organic and biodynamic farm in Maui.

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Application Date:

02/27/2018

Total Acres Desired:

-1 to 10

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I'd always worked in Hotels/Inn-keeping/Hospitality, and had previously had my own Property Management and Rental Cleaning Company. As well I was an Antiques Dealer. So, I was ideally suited when last summer I met a guy with an old Maine farmhouse and moved to Maine in hopes of "retiring to Maine". We worked together on renovating his 1880s home (which needs a ton of work done still, which would have been Painting mostly this summer .. I have experience there too), and worked very hard to utilize my gardening experience and put in an Organic Garden, which came out very nicely. We had a goal of opening some rooms up for Air BnB, which we did for June-September. I had done a month of cleaning (including mold and mildew) in May and purchased fine linens and Antiques to furnish the house. I had many household chores such as laundry and cooking. I served a great breakfast every morning to our guests too (I had also been a professional Baker). Well, this guy up and left at the end of the Fall, and I was cut adrift. I got myself tied off again with a job and an apartment in town. But my lease is up soon and I'd really like to be doing somewhat the same thing this coming summer, and would consider negotiations of fair compensation, including housing. Interested in either farmwork with housing or lease on a very small, very inexpensive, property to homestead.

Application Date:

02/24/2018

Total Acres Desired:

15+

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I have no farming experience. I have however, grown vegetables, cut hardwoods and landscaped. I am looking for an organic farm with a minimum of ten acres. I would like to be near a town with a food distribution center for the needy as I will be donating most of what I produce.

My timetable is to visit Maine this summer (I travel there every year) and look at potential properties. I am familiar with the area. I have a graduate degree from St. Joseph's in Standish. I am currently a teacher, and would probably continue to teach part time. I also have over 40 years experience in business management.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Margaret Pounds

Application Date:

01/06/2018

Total Acres Desired:

not important

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

We have a combined 15 years experience in mixed vegetable production, mostly at the 7-12 acre size, and are searching for the right land opportunity for our own fledgling business. For the past 2 years we've been operating our own small market vegetable business while working for another farmer growing specialty field crops. We have experience marketing produce through CSAs, farmers markets, farm stands, and direct wholesale, and have a solid fleet of our own equipment (tractors, implements, propagation etc.) Currently, we lease land from our employer, and sell mostly direct to customer. Our ideal land situation includes space for 4-10 acres of rotated vegetable production, AND/OR a much larger parcel (about 15-20 acres, up to 40+) for specialty field crops (heirloom beans, grain, and corn). We're looking to remain close to our current base (southern York county) to continue growing our own enterprise and our employer's bean and grain operation.

Application Date:

02/15/2018

Total Acres Desired:

1-200

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

Owned a small farmstead and currently a hobby gardener.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Jeanine

Application Date:

02/12/2018

Total Acres Desired:

50 - 100

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

My husband and I own a farm, "Three Feathers Farm. We raise beef cows, layers, meat birds (in the warmer weather) and grow corn and vegetables. We also bail hay.

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Application Date:

02/07/2018

Total Acres Desired:

Dependent upon the overall project ambitions.

Organic:
  • Yes
  • No
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Farm Manager
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

*I co-managed a 15 acre, certified organic, vegetable, cut flower and pastured egg farm in north-east Illinois as a salaried employee for 8 years from 2009 -2017. The farm was called Tempel Farms Organics.

*Prior to 2009 I co-owned and operated a 5 acre, certified organic vegetable and meat chicken farm on rented land in a farm incubator situation in Lake County Illinois from 2006 - 2009 called Red Tail Farm.

*Harvest Coordinator and Irrigation Specialist was my main focus at Sandhill Organics, a 40 acre, certified organic vegetable and cut flower farm in Lake County, Illinois where I was employed for a full season in 2005.

All my adult working experience has been keenly centered around food.
I graduated with a culinary degree and worked in restaurants and catering kitchens for many years before enthusiastically stepping backward in the food chain to begin the farming portion of my journey.

I currently work for a very widely respected and very successful vegetable and cut flower seed company here in Maine.
I am a nurturing grower of livestock and plants of all kinds as well as a totally dedicated father of 2 boys, ages 8 & 12 who attend school in Winslow, ME.

Application Date:

02/04/2018

Total Acres Desired:

ateast 4

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

Minimal farmstead and gardening, and interested in perennial fruit and nut systems

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Darby Weaver

Application Date:

02/03/2018

Total Acres Desired:

15 or more

Organic:
  • Yes
  • No
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

My wife Darby and I have been farming together for the last 8 years. Darby graduated from Sterling College with a degree in Sustainable Agriculture and we moved to my home state of Georgia to start our own farm. Since that time, we have had our own farming operations and also managed operations for others. We are ready to move back to the Northeast and continue on our growing journey in hopes of finding a forever farm we can settle down on. We are interested in growing organic and biodynamic produce and fruits, raising livestock, and selling through wholesale and retail markets.

Application Date:

02/01/2018

Total Acres Desired:

80

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I work with the Somali Bantu Community Association's Community Farming Program. I am part of a search team looking to purchase land for 135 new American farmers.

Application Date:

01/22/2018

Total Acres Desired:

40, give or take

Organic:
  • Yes
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

Hello, When I was a young middle school student, I fell in love with horses. TO my wonderment, I got one in my early teens and it changed my life. I worked with her, on the farms, and with 4-H and it kept me out of trouble and put farming into my trajectory.

My first college experience was at Michigan State University and I studied Horse management, with a variety of other agriculture classes sprinkled in. I worked in the industry for 10 years in a variety of ways: trotting horse racing, conditioning young stock, breeding and foaling, lessons, conditioning and sales, driving, etc.

Spinning my wheels a bit in that industry, I went back to school to become a teacher. As a teacher, I was all consumed. The time I had, I spent in the classroom or preparing for the classroom and traveling, in country and abroad. Amazing experiences. But here I am coming full circle.

I left the classroom 3 years ago and began a raised bed garden in my Asheville home, where I raised veggies and flowers. I loved nurturing the land and they way it nurtured me. began internships and apprenticeships on farms (and tall ships). I have worked with an organic and grass fed meat CSA, growing pork, beef, poultry (raising and processing), sheep, bees, layers, and veggies. A maple syrup farm in Minnesota turned me on to the production of god's nectar. I worked on a goat dairy in northern Florida, working with the livestock, kidding, the dairy, cheese making and lotions and soaps. I lived my life long dream of being a cowgirl in Montana this last summer working with a grass fed 16,000 acre ranch. AMAZING!! And I am currently working on another goat dairy, lining up a fiber farm next.

I would like to learn more about growing flowers and have more practical experience with harvesting and processing of vegetables. Growing flowers is a big goal of mine, and I just signed up for a workshop in Rhode Island with their Young Farmers group.

When I dream of my farm, I see a small, diversified farmstead, embedded in community.