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Application Date:

11/16/2017

Total Acres Desired:

7 acre minimum

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)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Farm Manager
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I've been experimenting and gardening and gaining a wide experience base for 19 years. I worked as a MOFGA apprentice in 1999 in Oxbow where we grew harvested and processed herbs and vegetables. I've worked with Belfast Blueberry Cooperative raking, packaging and marketing blueberries. I spent time at farmers markets selling veggies, I've done time in a milk house and have kept goats for milk production. I keep chickens for eggs and ducks for meat. I have my own garden each year and grow gardens for friends and neighbors. I've worked with the gleaners group here in Winthrop and have worked fruit tree pruning jobs. I've had various short farm jobs.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Kristen Marinaccio

Application Date:

11/10/2017

Total Acres Desired:

5+

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:

My name is Michael. My wife and I dream of starting our own homestead, living off the land as much as possible and raising our own small-scale livestock [icelandic sheep and heritage-breed pigs], bees, and poultry. We did not grow up on farms. We grew up in suburbia, went to college, and began careers working with children and trying to give back to our community. These careers have been rewarding, but we find something missing in our daily lives, a connectedness to the land and seasons, to nature, and to the food we eat and in some ways the life we live. My wife is an Elementary School teacher and loves working with children and helping them develop an excitement for learning and a love of nature. I worked as a Youth and Family counselor for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties for a number of years and am now a full-time at-home dad to our young son. I hope to begin a family homestead, generating as much of our own meat, produce, and goods as possible while my wife continues in her passion of teaching. As our family has grown we have come together to evaluate our goals, what we want out of life, and how we want to raise our children. We are currently renters and it has become clear that we need to begin by finding the right piece of land to make this dream a reality.

We are not experienced farmers or homesteaders, but we are also not afraid of hard work, sacrifice, and making mistakes. The well-lived life is full of these things. We visit local farms and often work weekends at a small non-profit educational farm, tending to the animals [sheep, pigs, llama/alpacas, goats, donkeys, chickens and other fowl, and cows] as well as the gardens when the full-time staff are off. We read as much as we can get our hands on about homesteading skills and practice those we can where we are. We hope that someday soon we will be able to move from our small apartment and begin a homestead of our own, living in a way that respects the land and putting in the hard work needed to bring ethical and sustainable food to our own table and, someday perhaps, back into the community.

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Application Date:

11/07/2017

Total Acres Desired:

parcels of 2-5 acres

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

I am currently working with my business partners to establish a market for the growth of industrial hemp in the state of Maine and am looking for small parcels, 2-5 acres, to plant in working towards establishing a seed bank and eventually moving to larger and more parcels. My director of cultivation has experience farming and is currently finishing up the Associate's horticulture program at Southern Maine Community College. This past season we planted 1/3 of an acre in accordance with the standards set by the Maine Department of Agriculture and Forestry Management to establish our base seed bank.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Hettie Visser

Application Date:

10/18/2017

Total Acres Desired:

700

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

25 Years farming on the same farm (fourth generation) with maize, sunflower, wheat, alfalfa, potatoes, sheep and cattle

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Wayne Chmielewski

Application Date:

10/16/2017

Total Acres Desired:

1

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Short-Term Lease
  • 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:

2011-2013 Michigan state horticulture farm as undergrad research assistant to dr. Tom Fernandez

Currently run maple syrup operation on family farm in Vermont

Work as a farm hand at Chases farm, which is mainly vegetable farm.

Currently an honors student in kvcc sustainable agriculture program

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Patti Fabrick

Application Date:

10/06/2017

Total Acres Desired:

80

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:

We have experience in large farm animals (cows, horses, pigs) at a larger scale farm. Also, with dairy, chickens and rabbits. We currently operate a homestead farm.

Application Date:

09/29/2017

Total Acres Desired:

50

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 grew up on a small, diversified farm in Maryland, and learned much about animals and life through 4-H. I attended University of Maine in Orono, where I received my BS in Animal Science, and learned some about the alternative farming methods of organic and sustainable farming. I was passed down the heritage of a sheep rancher from my father's side, and a dairy farmer's daughter from my mothers side, and my goal is to incorporate my heritage as well as my learning into a sustainable, natural sheep dairy. I currently own 10 sheep, 5 of which I have milked this summer. My skills are in handling sheep, pasture rotation, breeding management, financial planning, and living on a shoe string. I am currently employed outside of the farm, but the busy time of year is in the winter, which works out perfect for managing my flock. I also run a small sheep shearing and farrier business, which has been successful. I am searching for a permanent place to live and farm. I would like to buy, rent to own, or possibly lease a piece of property that has a house and some kind of shelter for animals. it does not have to be fancy, but it does have to be affordable. I am a very hard worker and can give references.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Liz Jaeger

Application Date:

09/02/2017

Total Acres Desired:

80

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)
  • 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:

Edgar and Liz met at The Stockbridge School of Agriculture, where Edgar earned his B.S. in Plant, Soils & Insect Science, and Liz earned her A.S. in Sustainable Agriculture. They have a combined 15 years of farming experience, working on Organic Vegetable farms, Diversified livestock farms, and IPM Apple Orchards. In 2015, Edgar and Liz started their own farm business, Salt Marsh Farm, producing heritage breed thanksgiving turkeys, pasture-raised livestock / Meat CSA, and fruit tree nursery.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Aaron Leatham

Application Date:

08/26/2017

Total Acres Desired:

20+

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)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

Our farming experience is limited to our family garden and poultry flock. Primary experience 15+ years of cabinetry, woodworking with some lumber milling and timber framing. We are seeking property to establish a forest to finished product woodworking venture and expand a sustainable family homestead.

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Application Date:

08/21/2017

Total Acres Desired:

3-10

Organic:
  • Yes
  • 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:

For the past 30 years life has revolved around horticulture. Since working as a Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener Association apprentice in the late 80's, my passion for growing flowers has taken many forms. First learning my way around farming happened Down East in Brooklin, Maine. From there I started a business working as a professional gardener on the Blue Hill penninsula. Eventually this business expanded to garden design. Several seasons working in a greenhouse rounded out my plant propogation skills.

The birth of my daughter ushered in change in many ways, including relocating to midcoast Maine. Garden design would continue while my daughter was young. Additionally, I became a Maine Master Gardener. My long dream of starting a flower farm happened in 2004. Passionflower Farm was an organic certified flower farm in West Bath with two acres of perennials, shrubs, fruits and heirloom cutting flowers and bulbs under cultivation. I learned beekeeping at this time and kept bees, along with chickens, bunny, dog and cats. Selling cut flowers at the local farmer's markets inspired the next evolution as a floral designer for weddings. This blossomed into a storefront retail business with flowers from the farm being sold as part of my small floral design studio.

As sometimes happens in life, unexpected circumstances changed my path for a period of time. Needing to walk away from the farm was not easy. Anyone that has taken a raw piece of land and built something beautiful knows this bittersweet feeling. As a gardener and farmer, I understand that everything is impermanent and always changing. This is actually what gives me tremendous hope. And why I am now seeking another piece of land to cultivate into a flower farm.

Currently, I own a small floral design studio in Brunswick, Maine and source all my flowers from local flower farms. My interest in being able to provide local and sustainable flowers is at the heart of my new business. I am a flower farmer without a flower farm!

Application Date:

08/17/2017

Total Acres Desired:

100

Organic:
  • Yes
  • No
  • 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)
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I have grown up on farms all my life. Desperately wanting to have farm of my own to rescue horses and people, healing center if you will. Open to options, need a lot of land and buildings. Could work out special living arrangements for a farmer who never wants to leave his home as well.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Alsina Brenenstuhl

Application Date:

08/06/2017

Total Acres Desired:

10+

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

I grew up working on farms from the age of 4. My aunt had a working dairy farm and my uncle had a working beef cow farm and a raspberry orchard. I spent my summers helping them both do hay and other farm choirs. My direct family maintained a greenhouse and large garden. We sold and grew everything from onions to pumpkins. Potatoes and pumpkins are my personal favorite to grow. In high school I helped a friend that had a sugaring farm. I love making syrup and would enjoy doing this again if possible. Currently me and my wife work a small area with chickens and a garden. We have cherry trees, almond trees and raspberry bushes. We enjoy farming greatly and really want to find a larger farm to work full time.

Application Date:

08/05/2017

Total Acres Desired:

30-60

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

I currently work as a Farm Manager for Maine Medicinals in Dresden, Maine, growing certified organic elderberries and botanicals for value added products. Currently, it is my goal to find farmland adjacent to the Dresden area. Typically, I work 4 days for Maine Medicinals, and 3 Days for myself. Another benefit to being close to my current job, is that I am covered via my farm insurance in borrowing farm equipment from work, as my employers said they would be fine with the idea. They are also very supportive of helping me starting an operation, if not another access to berries.

Due to my current situation, I am sitting on a 50+ oyster mushroom log crop, hopefully fruiting this fall, to which I hope to sell directly through a restaurant contact. The lack of rain, and growing site, may prevent good fruiting.

Previous up to the spring of this year 2017, I have owned a small draft powered farm in central Vermont, 9 acres leased total, 3 acres market garden production,4 pasture, leased another 2 acres in apple orchard. I worked as an Arborist/ winter logger off farm job 5+ years experience.

15+ years farm experience

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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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.

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:

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:

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.

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

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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.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Kevin Lehto

Application Date:

11/13/2016

Total Acres Desired:

3-60

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:

My Husband and I have love for agriculture and small farming/homesteading. We both have extensive experience growing and preserving our own food. I grew up with large gardens and small live stock, Kevin spend 10 years on a small self-sustaining farm, and we both would love to have a small farm or homestead. We currently have a large garden plot, on the property that we rent, however we are limited to just that plot. We are looking for atleast 3 acres but more is always welcome and the property would need to be in southern Maine because I teach Piano and would need to stay close to my client base. We are definitely open to alternate sale/lease/manager options.

Application Date:

07/26/2016

Total Acres Desired:

10

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

I am a disabled Navy SEAL Veteran. As a young boy I grew up on a farm working alongside my grandfather. My passions/interests include gentling & caring for horses, herb gardening, fruit trees or other viable crop and bees.  My life these days are dedicated to “Servant Leadership”, working with fellow veterans and others in need by offering emotional, spiritual and environmental wellness; including "Forest Therapy Immersion”. 

Inviting those in need to immerse themselves in the farm/nature environment turns their attention away from feelings of stress, anxiety and even depression and instead gives them trust, hope and purpose while connecting to the land & nature.
 
I seek a small piece of land in the York County area (but I am flexible to other possible counties) to start and if there is a water source (stream, brook or pond) that would be extremely beneficial. A semi-retired farmer, farmer in partnership or a veteran farmer would be ideal.