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Application Date:

07/11/2016

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

I am a co-owner of North Spore Mushroom Company currently based in Westbrook, ME. We grow fresh mushrooms year round for local markets and produce mushroom spawn for home gardeners and farmers. We just finished our second year of business and have one year remaining on our current lease. At some point we are hoping to transition our business from an urban setting to a more rural setting where we can do more outdoor mushroom cultivation and trial different mushroom species of interest to the outdoor mushroom grower.

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Application Date:

07/10/2016

Total Acres Desired:

100

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

I am currently a draft horse owner and formerly beef cattle. I enjoy harvesting hay and planting crops.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Amy Wolff

Application Date:

07/09/2016

Total Acres Desired:

40 acre minimum

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

Our farming experience started out with a simple container garden in the heat of South Florida. Over the years and several moves to Southern and Northern California, Minnesota and Michigan, our container garden turned into raised beds and then an acre of planted vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers. We added chickens, quail and milking goats, honey bees, built greenhouses and hot houses and learned organic and biodynamic growing methods. The final leg of our travels brought us to Detroit Michigan where we have been practicing urban farming and had intended to continue purchasing empty city lots and growing our farms until we could produce crops at a level where we could rent a stall at the Eastern Market and sell our organic produce and honey, however there is just too much crime in the city and we have decided this isn't where we want to finish raising our 4 children. We also have experience in hydroponic and aeroponic vegetable growing as well as marine and fresh water aquaculture.

Application Date:

07/09/2016

Total Acres Desired:

10+

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

- BA in environmental studies from Berea College (2013)
- Supporting small-scale farmers in Kentucky through the Grow Appalachia program (1 season)
- Managing a 1-acre vegetable garden on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota (1 season)
- Farm hand in Kentucky (1 season)
- Farmer and assistant sales manager at a 1-acre intensive urban vegetable farm in Chicago (1 season)
- Staff at the Baltimore Orchard Project. Designed, planted, and stewarded urban community orchards and food forests. Managed a 4-acre rural apple and pear orchard (1 season)

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Parker Mooney

Application Date:

06/20/2016

Total Acres Desired:

8+

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

My fiancee and I are looking to start a small farm. He grew up with farm life and we have decided this is our passion as well. We love raising hens for fresh eggs (and want A LOT MORE so we can share the goods), and hopefully one day for meat as well (haven't made it there yet). We have 2 new French Alpine Goats as a spring addition and want to give the goat milk a shot. We have goals to have our own local CSA program, would love to have acreage to hay the field for our animals, and then donate the rest to animal refugees, etc.

Currently we care for 10 hens, 20 pullets, 3 roosters, 3 Pomeranian Saddleback geese (2 F; 1 M), 1 Whit China Goose (30+years old), 1 broody hen on 12 eggs.

We plan to grow fresh herbs and vegetables and would like acreage and room for 2-3 large greenhouses.

A pond for our water fowl would be a wonderful plus as we would eventually like to expand our egg production for geese and ducks as well.

I also am an aspiring yoga teacher so a view would be a great plus- I would love to hold small retreats on the homestead and provide healthy options and relaxation at our farm.

Application Date:

06/19/2016

Total Acres Desired:

2-10

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

Two generations removed from Kansas Wheat farmers, who now run one of the largest operations in Kansas. Grew up on a small scale active farm in Maine, horses, hay, gardens, various meat animals. Have significant existing operation looking to relocate and have funds to do so. Proximity to home base in Cumberland county of consideration. Looking for land preferably for purchase/or for lease for greenhouses.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Samuel Gerry

Application Date:

06/15/2016

Total Acres Desired:

30 (15-20 minimum, no maximum as long as it's in our affordability.)

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:

Currently working in my 4th full season at Snakeroot Organic Farm in Pittsfield. A very diverse, biointensive vegetable farm. Sam has been raising chickens and ducks for about 4 years now and started working at Snakeroot in February 2015. We moved in together last fall and started expanding in variety of birds, to include geese and quail. We've fit as much garden area in the yard as we can, but quickly realized we need more room.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Alice Espinosa

Application Date:

06/14/2016

Total Acres Desired:

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

My wife (Alice) and I (JP) have been planning a career change to farming over the two past years. We have; joined the Farmers Veteran Coalition and Farm Stewardship Association, attended Sustainable Agriculture conferences, enlisted the help of a Farmer "mentor", worked with our local Co-op representative (Moore County NC), started an extensive garden, read countless books (on sustainable agriculture and methods of farm business planning), visited farms, and talked with other Veteran Farmers. In other words, we've thought this through.

We understand the average American farmer is 58 years old (according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture) that farmers over 55 control more than half of the country's farmland, and one in two is likely to retire in the next decade, and there has been a decline in the number of new farmers joining the rank - we want to carry on this time honored lifestyle for our generation! We LOVE the New England area and are interested investing our savings to start our new homestead/home in Maine near the New Hampshire border. We currently live near Pope Air Force base, North Carolina where I worked as a Federal Civil Servant and are looking to move up as soon as possible to get our new lives started.

A bit about us;

Alice; is a British citizen, born in Switzerland, raised in Germany and now a Permanent Resident of the United States (if that's not an interesting start to a story I don't know what is). She's in her mid-thirties (don't tell her I told you though!) and an aspiring mother (we're trying). She worked a the head Laboratory Technician for a Neurological/Pathological lab in Germany from 2004-2014, a University grad prior to that. Her family resides in both England and Germany and she is quite well traveled and educated (most of her family has graduated from Oxford). She currently works at our local Humane Society and has always been an avid animal lover (we both have had English bulldogs for years). She's got quite the green thumb and has eagerly been exploring the United States (with me) over the past year. She is the most patient person in the world and just being with me is evidence of that fact!

I have worked in the service of our country for the last 16 years, with 8 combat deployments and have lived primarily overseas my entire career; 12 years in the United States Army, 2 years in the Defense Intelligence Agency, and last 2 years in the US Special Operations Community. I am 34 years old and have a extensive background in Project Management and Intelligence Analysis, primarily throughout my career I've been in charge of various multi-million dollar (manpower extensive) projects throughout the world. Hard work, long hours, and waiting for initiatives to come to fruition are second nature for me - to stand idle by in any endeavor would probably drive me insane. Honestly, I was a city boy growing up and never gave farming a second thought, until attending a Wounded Warriors deer hunt hosted by a Farmer named Rob Elliot (a fellow veteran farmer). We discussed his transgression to Farming and the values in growing and providing for a community and after much self reflection I realized I have yearned for an opportunity like this since leaving the military. That deer hunt was the most peaceful weekend I have had in years; being in touch with nature, surrounded by animals; and at peace with what I realize now is my future career. To quote a bit from the veteran farms website:

Farming takes more physical and mental effort, perseverance, and sacrifice than almost any type of work. Yet its rewards go far beyond financial success. Farmers find inspiration through working outside with nature, creating life, and providing services vitally needed by society.
Veterans make excellent farmers. They are not afraid of difficult tasks, they stand up when they are knocked down, they understand the need to be acutely aware of everything around them, and most of all, they are driven by doing what is right for their country.

Farming, like the military, is one of our last great meritocracies; one is judged based on actions, not words.

When I first got home I talked with my wife about these aspirations and being the loving woman she is, she placated me by suggesting we start small (she's a smart lady). So we started growing tomatoes. Then peppers. Then the Co-op. Then the books came. Then farm tours. Then symposiums....and so on. We both realize that is a lifestyle that requires hard work, patience, and most importantly the benefit to what we deem as true freedom = Sustainability (for both ourselves and the community). We've started slow, we're debt free, and though I don't think you can ever be fully prepared feel that all life changes will have unexpected challenges and costs and we are ready to face them.

​We aspire to own a home in York County area with and would like to raise:

1. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, mushrooms
2. Chickens (for both eggs and consumption)
3. Goats (milk and consumption)
4. Pigs
5. 1-2 Cows
6. An apiary

Plus a cash crop to sustain our income throughout the year. Initially we are thinking Hops (as I am an avid brewer) and the in our research the area was once prided in providing Hops for the Eastern part of America, but have expanded to the possibility's of ​"designer" garlics, or oyster/shitake mushrooms - really it will be based on the land we are able to secure.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Ana Paula Raath

Application Date:

06/12/2016

Total Acres Desired:

100 +

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

At present farming on 483ha in Free State South Africa, run 680 Dohne Merino ewes, with 22 Dormer rams - 120 mixed herd of cattle - 64 stud Bonsmara cattle. Crops are planted mainly as animal feed, these include corn, wheat, barley, oats, soya beans and a variety of grasses which is cut and baled for winter. I have my wife who mainly handles the medication of animals and a son 20 years old that handles the planting and harvesting. My daughter of 17 years is still at school and wishes to study for a medical doctor.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Tina Constantine

Application Date:

06/01/2016

Total Acres Desired:

50+

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

For over 40 years we raised, bred, bought, sold, and trained over 30 horses at a time on our farm in Cape Elizabeth. In 2008 an individual made us an offer and we decided to scale back and bought a small farm in Windham, ME. Only bringing 2 horses with us and thinking we wanted slow down was very short lived. In 2010 we purchased our first 3 Shetland Sheep and grow our flock to 20 breeding and raising lambs for the local wool market. as time went on we added Belted Galloway cattle to the mix but with a very small property we have had to put the brakes on growth. This last fall, 2015, we sold off several of our ewes and have 10 now. Tina and I always say we where born in the wrong era and wish we could have a much larger homestead. Being mostly self reliant has always been a dream but purchasing pasture land has been quite tough around here. Not many existing farms are being sold affordable to sustain farming. Our daughter has the farmer blood running through her as well. Ideally we would love to be able to own or long term lease ready pasture, hayable land here in Windham or close to grow and build a sustainable cattle farm. Producing beef jerky and beef to locals or even markets in the area. We could grow the sheep herd and produce wool for a small yarn shop. We have the drive but just have not been able to connect to the right person. I have a very good job with the Town of Windham so leaving the area would be difficult however if the farm could sustain us financially I/we certainly would be love to do farming full-time. We live in a nice home which we'd certainly sell should the right opportunity come available.

Application Date:

05/28/2016

Total Acres Desired:

1

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:

currently a goat farmer

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Ben Matthews

Application Date:

05/24/2016

Total Acres Desired:

10+

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

My husband and I are both alumni of Sterling College, a small conservation and agricultural school in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. I am a lifelong horse owner and have extensive experience (~15 years) training (in-hand, riding and driving) and caring for horses, from small 2 horse barns to busy 20 horse boarding facilities. I also have experience working draft horses for small scale logging and agricultural work. In addition, I have an interest and some experience in the care and raising of goats, sheep and llamas for fiber and invasive plant management.
I have enjoyed positive farm-use barter relationships with landowners in the past and can provide references.

My husband is a conservation ecologist and has experience maple sugaring ~150 tree sugarbush by bucket and wood boiler as well as extensive professional experience remediating waterways for wildlife and fish habitat, as well as forest management experience. Both of us have a strong backgrounds in natural history and an active concern for proper and healthy land management practices.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Martha Loving Orgain

Application Date:

05/12/2016

Total Acres Desired:

10-100

Organic:
  • Yes
  • 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:

I became interested in farming in 2003 when I worked on a bio-dynamic farm in New York. Since then I have worked herd management with goats and cows. The goat milk was processed into cheese, the cow milk was sold across the country. In working in these environments I was struck how different they were to my original introduction into bio-dynamics. I am interested in regenerating soil, creating an apiary, and processing herbs and vegetables into a variety of products. In addition to the products we would set up a farm store to sell our products direct and a CSA program to those who are interested in shares.
I am hoping to soon begin a Bio-dynamic farming training. My co-applicant has just finished the training at the Pfeiffer Center in Spring Valley, New York. We are interested in creating a living community based on the natural rhythms of the farm. In conjunction with this we have a non-profit bringing recovery, wellness and education to the incarcerated. Our long-term vision will eventually encompass those recently released, to create a healthy home to land (and work on the farm).

Sincerely, Jessica

Total Acres Desired:

40-60

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:

Working in greenhouse.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Jeff Caswell

Application Date:

05/11/2016

Total Acres Desired:

50+

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • 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 was raised on a horse farm. My husband and I both worked on dairy farms as teens. We also had a fairly small yet successful pig farm around 4 years ago. We are currently purchasing horses and have backyard poultry. We have raised meat birds several times and always have laying hens. We have successfully bred and hatched our chickens several times. Currently searching for a rooster to continue this. Our old rooster passed away this winter of old age (he was almost 9). We don't have much experience but are hard working and willing to learn.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Keith Dowling

Application Date:

05/08/2016

Total Acres Desired:

15-100

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:

My adventures in farming began early on, as a teenager working in strawberry fields and then as a college student in a large greenhouse operation. In 2001, I began working on a commercial organic vegetable farm in eastern Massachusetts, which marketed its food through a farm stand and provided additional food to the local community through on-farm educational programs. I continued working on diversified organic vegetable operations, both as apprentice and farm manager, until leasing land in southern Maine with a friend. We grew vegetables, flowers, and herbs, and sold our produce through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program and at farmer’s market, as well as to local restaurants and health food stores. We had a flock of laying hens for sales of eggs, and a year of milking goats for making simple farmer’s cheeses and yogurt. We also ran our farm on horsepower with our team of horses. The time came to move on from this land, and we decided to stop farming while we pursued other interests. I began traveling down to Central America and worked as the gardener at a retreat center in Nicaragua, taking care of the permaculture gardens that provided food for the kitchen, tending to the large plantings of tropical fruit trees, and maintaining the ornamental gardens. I spent the better part of four years in Nicaragua, coming back to Maine each summer to work on vegetable farms. During this time south, Keith and I met each other while learning how to grow food in the tropics. Since then, our love of simple living, the landscape, and the community here has led us back to Maine. We are currently in our second season of living and working on an organic CSA farm in southern Maine, helping to raise vegetables, chickens, and pigs.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Allison Avery

Application Date:

05/03/2016

Total Acres Desired:

100+

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

I have been working as a farmhand on two different dairy farms for the past two years. I also grew up helping on my uncle's dairy farm in Dixmont, Maine. I really enjoy dairy farming and would love the opportunity to raise my family on a farm of our own.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

marie lavin

Application Date:

05/02/2016

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:

grew up raising beef cattle with my dad. spent a lot of time in the hay fields.

Application Date:

05/01/2016

Total Acres Desired:

50+

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

No personal Farming, experience with the exception of ubran farming, I work for a produce company make extensive dealings with farmers and suppliers.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Rick Ingraham

Total Acres Desired:

25 or less

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

Daughter of a dairy farmer, grew up with responsibilities that included milking, managing calves, proper bovine nutrition, breeding and all other aspects. Attended SUNY - Morrisville majoring in Dairy Husbandry (did not complete)

Career morphed into restaurant owner with passion for our food system. While active in the farm to school initiative and using primarily local fresh ingredients in my menu items my small restaurant flourished under my management for 10 years before I sold it. It is still open under new ownership six years later.

After selling the restaurant, I managed a specialty wholesale flower farm responsible for sales and shipping. We shipped flowers all over the country as well as abroad. I also leased and worked my own 5 acres field at the same time. As this work was seasonal, I had an opportunity to move into full time employment with the Vermont Foodbank. Vermont Foodbank is the largest non profit in the state where I have had the privlege of working in Development / Fundraising and Program management. I am currently working there as we look for a farm in Maine. We currently own a home in Wiscasset, however we do not have enough acreage to farm. My husband is a Master Plumber and a Custom Home builder. Our goal is to secure a 25 or less acre farm where we can raise flowers, produce, and a few animals. We are also interested in possibly opening a business of sorts based on our farming model.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Eli Saville

Application Date:

04/30/2016

Total Acres Desired:

4-20

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

I have been working as an apprentice at organic vegetable farms for the past three years. My partner Eli has done the same for two years. We both have background in soil management, crop production, small-scale livestock production, and flower production. We are looking to find our own piece of land so that we can start our own farm!

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

David Ciszkowski

Application Date:

04/27/2016

Total Acres Desired:

10+, not less than 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:

We started out with chickens (doesn't everyone?)... and more than 4 years later, we now have our chickens and a total of 20 alpacas (11 boys here on our property and 9 females and cria boarded), along with our rabbits and ducks, 2 dog, a turtle, a cat and a partridge in a pear tree... We have a greenhouse where we grow fodder for the animals. Our vegetable farming is hobby at best.

Our goal is to move north where we can obtain more acreage affordably... better options for our alpaca farming (ie to have a farm store and better capacity for visitors)... and a better lifestyle for us and our daughter. We are looking at Oxford County (specifically the towns allowed for Fryeburg Academy... for our daughter).

Name:

Renee Igo

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Sophie Roblin

Application Date:

04/21/2016

Total Acres Desired:

4-30

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

I have been working as a farm hand on a sheep farm in Maine for the past four years, with a focus on wool production and processing. I am in my second season of milking sheep, learning as I go, and working toward becoming licensed as a dairy producer. I also have experience sugaring, bringing land back to pasture, and gardening. I work part-time as an outdoor educator.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Kim

Application Date:

04/20/2016

Total Acres Desired:

100 plus

Organic:
  • No
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:

Currently in New York our operation consists of a cash crop enterprise of 400 acres rented and divided amongst corn, soybeans, wheat and oats. We are also involved in growing a cow/calf operation that we have recently established. After being involved in growing crops for 20 years we decided that it would be best to downsize the rented land and focus on raising our beef for the freezer beef trade.

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Application Date:

04/15/2016

Total Acres Desired:

At least 3

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 grew up on the Piel Farm in Abbot, ME, where my family farmed cattle, sheep, and raised riding horses. (My father Michael Piel started the Katahdin Sheep breed. (http://www.katahdins.org/) I currently breed and train Shetland Ponies, imported from Scotland, at my home on Orrs Island. My daughters and I are planning to expand, with the intention of working with a non-profit organization called 'Personal Ponies,' which includes equine therapy featuring Shetland Ponies. We're currently forming an LLC called Shetland Yard. We're hoping to find a farm suitable for horses, preferably with some facilities, and a long term lease. My daughters Sofia and Natassja Voltin would be living on the premises, with the ponies in training, as well as our 4 riding horses. I'm not sure if Maine Farm Link is appropriate for our needs, but if it is, I'd love to learn more. We'd like to remain within 30-40 minutes of our home in Orrs Island, as we'll be working together. (The stallion and new foals will stay with me in Harpswell, and we would be commuting back & forth frequently.)