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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Keri

Application Date:

07/11/2017

Total Acres Desired:

50++

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

My wife and I are from Texas. She grew up on a large family farm that was self sufficient. I grew up on a family owned 7500 acre cattle ranch. We have years of experience between the two of us in all fields of farming and ranching.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Nathalie Nepveu

Application Date:

07/03/2017

Total Acres Desired:

20+ optimal 50 - 100

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)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

My wife and I have little farming experience however our dream is to start an orchard following a permaculture model incorporating other fruiting trees, vegetables, herbs and small livestock such as poultry, rabbits, and goats. While a piece of property with pre-existing field would be preferred we are willing to convert woodland.
Our preferred location would be the towns of Bowdoin or Bowdoinham or other locations within 35 minutes of the Bath and Freeport areas. Our preference is to purchase land and build our own home.
Because we are not looking to adopt the standard orchard model it is preferred to not acquire land with a pre-existing orchard onsite.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Mark Claussen

Application Date:

07/02/2017

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:

Currently, we are small scale organic homesteading on our 1.88 acre farm raising layers, meat birds, pigs, bees and a large garden. We want to do so much more but our current space is maxed. We've been looking for a few years, but are unsure how to go about getting help to make the jump. We are professional chefs by trade and are ready and looking to incorporate that into our love for the earth, growing organic food and raising organic animals. We'd love to have space for a venue that we could cater events to supplement the farm.
Right now our current business is in Saco, so ideally we'd like to stay within driving distance to that for the time being.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Danielle Jordan

Application Date:

06/28/2017

Total Acres Desired:

4-20

Organic:
  • Yes
  • 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)
  • Farm Manager
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

As a couple, we have six years of farming experience. Bryant has managed his own mostly organic and hydroponic operation in South Georgia. We are seeking farmland to

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Lily Letourneau

Application Date:

06/05/2017

Total Acres Desired:

open

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

Both Lily and I grew up on farms in New Hampshire where we had vegetable and flower gardens. We both also had livestock that included cows, hogs and chickens to name a few. Lily has worked with horses for several years and studied Animal & Equine Assisted Social Work; both of us continue our education in the raising of livestock and crops. Both of our families sold the farms a long time ago and it has been our dream to continue the tradition in our own way. We have researched Maine and spent our lives visiting exploring the state- we want to add and be a productive asset to the state’s economy. With the price of land and real estate continuing to rise,the cost of farming continuing to grow and with active farm land on the decline we see ourselves as part of the solution. We have been having a hard time getting loans for farmland because of heavy student loan debt. Lily also works in the social services field which does not exactly pay a lot but is truly rewarding (like farming) and she plans to incorporate social work and therapy into farming. We also own our own re-purpose store in which we rescue broken antiques or furniture and restore them to a desirable condition again! We would love to be able to incorporate our already growing successful business into our farm. Thank you for taking the time to read about us and if you have any questions please contact us as soon as possible. We are willing to do whatever it takes to make this dream a reality and get back to our roots!

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Name:

Ben Lahr

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Jamie Lahr

Application Date:

05/19/2017

Total Acres Desired:

Any

Organic:
  • Yes
  • No
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • 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:

Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates 6/1/09 – Present Tampa, Florida
Production Specialist – Grower Liaison – Crop Production Specialist II
I had been responsible for forecasting all berries; Blackberry, Raspberry, Blueberry and Strawberry in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey and Michigan. I have traveled to each area and worked with growers to communicate continuously with sales the daily, weekly and extended forecasts for the season. Each area presents different challenges and opportunities which creates a different working environment for each area. As each berry and berry grower is different, I must be able take on any challenges that arise at any time and see them through to completion. I have dealt with logistics, fruit QA, packaging, sales, food safety and production management in all regions and work very closely with my team in other departments as well. I have built, set and monitored traps for SWD and then updated and recommended actions to growers regarding SWD in fields. I oversee weekly meetings with growers and sales and try to resolve any issues that either party may have such as payments to growers, price of fruit, truck scheduling to pesticide use forms. I have also been able to travel outside of my specific regions to interact with Driscoll’s Growers on the West Coast from Canada to Mexico. I spend most of my time with growers in the field or generating reports for weekly meeting updates. In addition to field work, I am responsible for grower information to be collected and entered and distributed as necessary to various departments. I participate in industry events throughout the year. I served as the President of the Eastern Region Sustainability Team for Driscoll’s from September 2011-2012. At the end of the 2014-2015 strawberry season I worked with my colleagues to successfully set up a process deal for both juice and frozen strawberries in FL.

Diageo Chateau and Estate Wines 6/30/07- 4/30/09 Hollister, California
Assistant Grower Relations
I was responsible for covering various grape growing districts in California, which have included Districts 7, 8, 11, 13, and 17. My primary duties involved developing and continuing relationships with growers for the benefit of Diageo’s Supply and Demand needs. I assisted Supply and Demand with the execution of their project strategies by acquiring and/or selling grapes at the highest value to Diageo. As part of this task, I worked with growers to develop farming plans to increase grape quality and maintain communication with growers and winemaking for quick conflict resolution. I also worked to ensure that grapes are harvested at optimum quality as determined by vine health, weather conditions, juice chemistry, flavor profiles, and winery capacity. This involves working closely with growers, winemakers, the Senior Grower Relations Manager, and Diageo harvest schedulers. I was also involved with the hiring, training, and management of seasonal vineyard samplers. I coordinated and participated in wine/juice tastings and vineyard visits with both growers and winemakers. I initiated the implementation and maintenance of GPS units for Grower Relations and Winemaking along with maintaining map books, thereby increasing the efficiency of time spent in the field. I also participated in at least 40 hours of industry and symposia-related education each year to increase my knowledge of industry competitors, market conditions, vineyard practices, and other industry criteria.

Meridian Winery 11/21/05 – 6/20/07 Paso Robles, California
Enologist
Daily activities included previous responsibilities as a Seasonal Enologist as well as wine and juice tasting, competitor awareness, assisting with quality control inventories at outside storage facilities, and researching new developments in winemaking. Further education includes an “Introduction to Sensory Evaluation of Wine” course at UC Davis, as well as the Unified Grape Symposium in Sacramento. Computer programs used are TankNet, Impromptu, and Monarch. Special projects include the coordination of safety tours at E&J Gallo winery in Livingston for several Fosters Wine Estates America wineries. I also worked on creating a truck rinse station for Meridian and served as the Zero Harm Committee representative for Winemaking, Tracking/Compliance, Wine Information, and Grower Relations. Additional qualifications include training in the Lab, Cellar, and Barrel Room for several months and licensure as temporary Weighmaster during the 2006 harvest. In addition to standard safety training, I also completed my forklift and respirator use certification courses.

Meridian Winery 9/6/05 - 11/20/05 Paso Robles, California
Seasonal Enologist
Primary duties included data entry, work order generation, and processing. Aspects involved with daily activities were AS 400, Watchlog, Daily Plan, Lab Analysis Sheets, Kronos, and Excel. I was responsible for tank board updates and assignment of tank moves and racks. I also assisted Tracking with shipping. Other work included tank fermentation progress checks and resolving troubled fermentations by communicating with cellar crews.

E&J Gallo Winery 7/6/04 - 10/14/04 Livingston, California
Grower Relations Internship
Main responsibilities for the Livingston Winery included work at the test stand as a Grape Inspector where I determined fruit quality and program categorization. I also interfaced regularly with growers during vineyard data collection used to determine harvest dates. This data collection included pest monitoring, brixing, berry sensory, and canopy assessment. Additionally, I was invited to assist with the Pilot Winery in Livingston and then the Research Winery as well as the Chemistry Lab in Modesto.

Gallo of Sonoma 6/25/03 - 12/12/03 Healdsburg, California
Research and Development in Viticulture Internship
This internship was spent familiarizing myself with vineyard operations in a variety of ways, including field as well as office work. During this time, I performed my own research projects and assisted others with ongoing projects. Some of these projects involved the management of interns during data collection at my experiment blocks. My participation in individual and ongoing data collection included bunch/shoot counts, thinning, berry sampling, brixing, harvesting, seed extraction, and pruning. Additional internship duties included courier, irrigation injections, soil sampling, shoot lengths, pressure bombing, and the supervision of Spanish-speaking field crews. In the office, I was proficient on programs such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, GPS Pathfinder Office 2.90, and ArcView GIS 3.2a.
I enjoy the outdoors and frequently spend weekends hunting, fishing, or backpacking. I was a certified Wilderness EMT at Allan Hancock College. I grew up on my family’s cattle ranch in Los Alamos, California helping with operations.

2001 - 2005 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA
B.S. in Agricultural Systems Management.
B.S. in Wine and Viticulture with a Wine Business concentration.
Agricultural Business Minor.

2000 - 2001 University of Montana Missoula, MT
Wildlife Biology concentrating on Environmental Law
My goal was to help mitigate endangered species problems in California, particularly in regards to the development of vineyards on my family’s property. After realizing that the problems regarding vineyard development were not biological, I decided to change my field of study.
1999 - 2000 Allan Hancock College Santa Maria, CA
General Education
I was published for one of several essays regarding the endangered California Tiger Salamander and its impact on local agriculture.

Application Date:

04/10/2017

Organic:
  • Yes
  • 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)
  • Partnership
  • 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:

Mushroom cultivation
Greenhouse gardening
Cash crop production
Farmers market sales

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Robyn Willey

Application Date:

04/10/2017

Total Acres Desired:

10+

Organic:
  • 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)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I managed a dairy farm for a total of 7 years. I have also had my own small farm with beef cattle and poultry. Im currently not on a farm but am looking to get back into with my family of 4.

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Application Date:

04/08/2017

Total Acres Desired:

1-5

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

Past farming experience ranges from cut flower production on a diversified farm in New York, herbal production and drying room management at an herb farm in Rhode Island, to managing the production gardens at Avena Botanicals in Rockport, ME for two seasons. My focus is flowers and herbs with an emphasis on perennial herb production. Additionally, I have worked with endangered woodland medicinal plants with United Plant Savers, the only national organization doing so, so am interested in woodland areas as well for wild-simulated growing. I currently manage the garden and greenhouse at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden and teach some Backyard Herbalism classes at that location.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Holly

Application Date:

04/06/2017

Total Acres Desired:

20-100

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

John and Holly have a 50 acre pasture-based, non-GMO pig farm in MO. John has a B.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Holly has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Education from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME and a Master's in Acupuncture from Maryland University of Integrative Health.

We currently have two farm based projects. We produce Roam Sticks, the only nationally available non-GMO, pasture-raised pork snack stick. (Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms carries a co-branded version of Roam Sticks made from his pork but produced at the MO smokehouse.) We also sell pork cuts to multiple national retailers such as Vital Choice. The pork in Roam Sticks and in frozen cuts is both from our farm, Singing Prairie, and also from other small, non-GMO, pasture-raised pork producers throughout the Midwest.

The summer of 2017 we will be doing a study funded by SARE on the nutrient density of pigs on full grain, 50% reduced grain, and no grain rations. We do this by rotational grazing in fields of forage crops, feeding waste produce, and supplementing with whey or dried organic milk powder. Our previous research has indicated that when hogs are feed a lot of "green stuff" it greatly increases the amount of Omega 3s in the meat. Pork from all three groups, as well as conventional pork, will be tested at the Iowa State Meat Lab in the winter of 2017. For the no-grain experiment group, hogs will be purchased from Walter Jeffries of Sugar Mountain Farm in Vermont as they have the best genetics for high forage consumption. We are partnering with Practical Farmers of Iowa and Mother Earth News to share the results of the study. Our great passion is weaving pigs into the regenerative agriculture equation in order to build soil and sequester carbon.

Holly, John and their two kids are interested in re-locating to Waldo County possibly in the Spring of 2018.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Kathleen O'Toole

Application Date:

03/24/2017

Total Acres Desired:

3-15

Organic:
  • Yes
  • 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)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I have worked on farms in the past and have always gardened wherever I've lived from small to large, depending on the space. I have worked in landscaping and construction most of my life.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Stefanie Hallett

Application Date:

03/15/2017

Total Acres Desired:

3+

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

For the last 2 years: Hobby indoor propagation and cultivation of hydroponically grown strawberry plants (up to 100 plants at a time) using suspended gutter system. Experience with 6 cultivars: Seascape (our favorite!), Albion, Galletta, Sweet Charlie, Ozark Beauty and Maria Des Bois. Hydroponic strawberry training at the Univ. of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center. Every spring/summer I also grow soil and hydroponic tomatoes and peppers in containers in my garden. I am a real estate attorney by training working in DC (past 12 years) and I have been a member of the Maine Bar for 5 years.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Jane Redlon

Application Date:

02/20/2017

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
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:

Olivia earned her associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Maine Community College in 2012. She worked at Farm Camp in coastal Maine from 2004 until 2014 as a camp counselor and director. In 2013 Olivia went to Ireland through the WWOOF program to work on organic farms for 6 months, after which she worked as manager at The Morris Farm in Wiscasset, ME. She is now an early childhood educator in Westbrook.

Jane graduated from Essex Agricultural and Technical Institute in Hawthorne MA, majoring in Environmental Sciences. She received her Bachelors of Science from the University of New England with a focus in Aquaculture. She was a member of the Future Farmers of America from 1999-2003. Jane is now an early childhood educator working with children on the autism spectrum.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Sarah Alvarez

Application Date:

02/08/2017

Total Acres Desired:

6 or more

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • 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
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

EDUCATION
Michigan State University,
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Class of 2013
East Lansing, MI
2009 – 2013
● Bachelor of Science- Environmental Studies and Agriscience with a concentration in Science and Policy.

WORK EXPERIENCE
Assistant Greenhouse/Field Manager,
Wandering Roots Farm
Gold Hill, OR
April 2016 – November 2016
● Responsible for organic transplant production on a 10 acre, certified organic farm.
● Facilitated plant-outs.
● Lead market/wholesale harvest efforts.
● Delivered produce each week to restaurants & grocery stores in the Rogue Valley.

Assistant Mushroom Production Manager,
Myriad Mycology
Talent, OR
September 2015 – February 2016
● Facility manager at a startup gourmet/medicinal mushroom cultivation laboratory.
● Carried out all mushroom cultivation protocol including substrate preparation, sterilization/pasteurization, spawn selection, inoculation, incubation, initiation/fruiting, and harvest.
● Demonstrated proficient sterile culture technique.
● Experience cultivating various mushroom species including shiitake, reishi, lion’s mane, oyster, pioppino.

Farm Apprentice,
Chickadee Farm
Talent, OR
March 2015 – October 2015
● 2015 farm apprentice for a small-scale, organic/biodynamic, seed production farm.
● Assisted in all aspects of farm production including building projects, greenhouse management, tractor operation, field prep, irrigation, cultivation, planting, harvesting, seed processing and deliveries.
● Participated in weekly classes focused on farm operation and management.
● Developed farm management skills by being responsible for organizing and prioritizing multiple, time-sensitive farm operations.

Farm Apprentice,
Lake Breeze Organics
Benton Harbor, MI
April 2014 – November 2014
● 2014 farm apprentice for a small, diversified fruit/vegetable/livestock operation.
● Maintained three greenhouses for high production, resilience, and aesthetics.
● Established/cared for new plantings of gooseberries, blackberries, blueberries, currants, plum trees, apple trees, and asparagus.
● Instrumental in weekly harvest & market preparation.
● Conducted weekly CSA deliveries in SW Michigan, downtown Chicago, IL and Evanston, IL.

AmeriCorps Member,
Hunter Park GardenHouse
Lansing, MI
October 2013 – February 2013
● Gardening Educator, AmeriCorps member.
● Developed/promoted gardening education throughout Lansing’s eastside.
● Facilitated youth gardening and nutrition programs.
● Provided mentoring/instruction to GardenHouse visitors and volunteers during open hours.

Undergraduate Research Assistant,
Michigan State University Horticulture Department
East Lansing, MI
May 2012 – January 2013
● Undergraduate research assistant in a lab researching Stevia rebaudiana.
● Propagated plants with cuttings and tissue culture (also transplanted cuttings/cultures).
● Completed protocols such as polymerase chain reaction, DNA extraction, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.
● Collected data from Stevia plants in the field at the MSU Horticulture Farm.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Jack Haywood

Application Date:

02/08/2017

Total Acres Desired:

10+

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

We are cannabis and hemp farmers looking for land to lease for an agricultural research project. We have formed a partnership with UMF and are ready to contract with interested farmers/landowners for land and equipment leases for farming/researching hemp.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Edgar Foudray

Application Date:

02/06/2017

Total Acres Desired:

50+

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

We are a young duo with a very diverse history of farming experience.
We met at UMASS Amherst while we were both employed at Cold Spring Orchard, a 60+ acre research station growing primarily tree fruits and perennial berry crops. At Cold Spring and the Stockbridge School of Ag we learned about and practiced IPM management principles, variety development and marketing, and basic orchard management (pruning, harvest, post-harvest handling, value added production). Our personal interests took us in the direction of cider making, custom grafting and nursery development, and the potential for Organic orchard management systems.
Edgar holds a BS in Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences from UMASS. He has completed a formal apprenticeship at a 30+ acre Certified Organic CSA vegetable operation, as well as managing labor and operations on other vegetable farms. He is most proud of his work managing a small, high bush blueberry / apple & pear orchard for a private client (utilizing IPM and Organic techniques), and facilitating an educational Orchard Renovation Project at Hampshire College.
Liz's primary interests in agriculture are small, diverse livestock operations and the importance of livestock-integrated systems in soil health and remediation. While enrolled at the Stockbridge School of Ag, I (Liz) focused on soil sciences, pre-vet research on small ruminants, and hands-on work with local farmers developing rotational grazing systems. In 2014 I graduated from Stockbridge with honors and earned an AS in Sustainable Agriculture. I have experience working with many species, including meat goats, beef cattle, sheep, broiler & layer chickens, turkeys and rabbits, from general labor/internships to managerial positions.
Liz and Edgar established Salt Marsh Farm in 2015 in Essex, MA. We rent 6-10 acres on two parcels where we intensively graze small livestock species (sheep, hogs, chickens, turkeys, quail) for meat production. We are also working on developing a perennial fruit/nut tree nursery. We have been very successful in marketing our meat products to the local community, as well as doing outreach/education via grafting workshops and backyard consultation.
Edgar and Liz are resourceful and hard working, having always found off-farm employment in order to stay financially flexible.
We are ready for Salt Marsh Farm to find a forever home, where we can focus on building a perennial/tree and livestock integrated production system.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Zachary Klabe

Application Date:

01/27/2017

Total Acres Desired:

60

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)
  • Partnership
  • 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:

I own a small farm in Canton, but we are looking for land to expand. I have five Nigerian Dwarf goats, four Jacobs sheep, a rabbit coop and a hen house. I grow pigs in the summer and process all my own meat. I have a one acre veggie garden that I'm still learning with, but hope to sell all my own veggies some day. I started a small farm store last year and ran it myself. I'm willing to learn any and all farming techniques! I want this to be my "job" for life! I've worked many different farms from a nursery greenhouse to vineyards to dairy and goats. I also know how to run most tractors with a short refresher course.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Carina Masterman, David Andresen, Michel Fitz, TJ Souza, Zak Haab

Application Date:

01/24/2017

Total Acres Desired:

30+

Organic:
  • 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 began farming through WWOOF in 2004 and have continued seeking apprenticeships in organic and biodynamic farming since then. I've farmed in Arkansas, California, Texas, Kentucky, and all around Maine. I've mostly grown vegetables and medicinal herbs, with a full season experience in a tomato seedling nursery. I've have experience in raising and butchering chickens, organic fertilizing, transplanting, harvesting, driving tractors, starting seeds, maintaining a greenhouse, washing vegetables, running machinery, pest control and selling at farmer's markets.

Two of my business partners are currently in school at SMCC for horticulture.

Application Date:

01/23/2017

Total Acres Desired:

5-100

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

We are looking to establish an organic, saltwater forever farm that is dedicated to growing the most nutrient dense produce items and naturally raised animals for cancer patients and prevention. This farm would serve as a retreat and education center where students and patients would come to learn about nutrition for cancer. www.remissionnutrition.com

Total Acres Desired:

2-50

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

I am a 37 single male looking for an opportunity to rent/lease with independence and freedom to use the place as my own! I have over 15 years experience in organic agriculture and am looking to be able to start small and work my way from homesteading to market garden over the next few years. I am financially stable and independent and have plenty to subsist off of and pay whatever rent is needed! I am lookig anywhere from brunswick south....but for the right place am willing to stretch that.....Please let me know what else you need to know!

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Anne Theriault

Application Date:

12/13/2016

Total Acres Desired:

5-20

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

I spent the summer of 2002 in the "Land Program" at Our Lady of the Rock Monastery in Shaw Island, WA, where I helped with their livestock (sheep, llamas, alpacas, chickens) and 4H program and helped bring in the season's hay. Just after graduation in 1998, I helped for a few weeks on Turtle Island Farm in Boone, NC. Aside from those experiences, my knowledge of farming mostly comes from books.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Brandon Mallonee

Application Date:

12/03/2016

Total Acres Desired:

50

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:

We have a combined ten years of organic farm work and farm management experience. Charlotte began farming at Farma Geja in northern Croatia, where she hand-harvested olives, lavender and vegetables. There, she also practiced caring for chickens, pigs, and dairy cows, and learned about olive oil and wine production. Her next farm experience was at Common Roots Urban Farm in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she led volunteer groups to complete farm tasks and helped organize community fundraising events in order to provide produce to community members in need at no cost. She then moved even further north to work as a farm hand at Scenic Valley Farm on Cape Breton, where she built fences, grew transplants, and helped build the first greenhouse on the island. After a brief stint in the film industry in New York City, she moved home to Texas to study food and farming at The University of Texas in Austin. There, she helped cultivate the UT Microfarm, conducted research on food security in Uganda, and studied ancient Roman foodways in Italy. Finally, she wrote an undergraduate thesis on small-scale farming in 21st century Texas. After graduating, she began work as the Farm Administrator at the largest CSA farm in Texas, Johnson's Backyard Garden. Six months later, she was promoted to Assistant Farm Manager, where she has been learning ever since.

Brandon began his career in horticulture as a caretaker with Plant Interscapes, a company focused on ornamental tropical plant installations. There, he developed a deep working knowledge of over 200 specialty plant species. After starting his own backyard vegetable garden, he transitioned to vegetable production by joining the historic Monument Cafe as their resident farm manager. He managed a crew of ten to supply two restaurants and a market with herbs, vegetables, and cut flowers. He left the Monument to serve as Greenhouse Manager at Johnson's Backyard Garden, where he produces millions of certified organic vegetable transplants per year. In the summer of 2016, Brandon took a four-month hiatus from Johnson's to manage Bouldin Food Forest, a two-acre permaculture vegetable and herb operation. He has completed courses on business for farming, permaculture design, and natural building. He has also completed both plumbing and electrician apprenticeships.

Charlotte has deep family ties to Maine and has been visiting twice a year since she was a child. We are hoping to relocate from Texas to Maine as soon as we find land available for farming.

Application Date:

12/01/2016

Total Acres Desired:

5+

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)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

Over 25 years experience, mostly with orchards and berry stands. Biodynamic/Organic

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Jason Madrano

Total Acres Desired:

20+

Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I have experience managing a small farm as well as currently own a small hobby farm. I have experience with all common farm livestock, as well as knowledge and applied skills in horticulture. We are looking to relocate to Maine, to a property with at least 20 acres with barn and home, mix of forest and pasture, and require a homes that is wired for high speed internet (my husband works from home over the internet).

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Jeannie Mestres

Application Date:

11/28/2016

Total Acres Desired:

80+

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:

Beekeeper from 08/2012 to 06/ 2016
Milker and assistant herdsman on dairy farms in the 90's
2 years part time and 2 years full time.
2 year French college level degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences with internships from 1991 to 1993.