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First:

Charlotte

Last:

McClure

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Brandon Mallonee

Phone:

(512) 541-0319

Email:

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Past and 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.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Cumberland County
  • Lincoln County
  • Sagadahoc County

Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Berries
  • Flowers
  • Goats
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Hogs
  • Poultry
  • Row Crops
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables

Total Acres Desired:

50

Tillable Acres:

10

Wooded acres:

0-20

Acres in Pasture:

0-30

Acres in Pasture:

0-30

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

0-10

Equipment needed:

We don't expect anyone to be able to provide all of these items, but our "wishlist" is below:
- 1-2 tractors, high clearance with front end loader preferred.
- Tractor implements: disc, chisel plow, tiller, basket weeder, spreader, brush mower, bucket, forks.
- Hand tools: Jang seeder, broad fork, bed rake, stirrup hoes, shovels, rakes, pruners, weedeater, knives, buckets, etc.
- Infrastructure tools: posthole digger, concrete mixer, table saw
- Moveable chicken coop(s), 1-10.
- Greenhouse and/or hoophouse
- Transplant trays

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy

Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

Yes! We plan to farm 10-20 acres to support a 3-season sliding scale CSA program along with restaurant and market sales. Our CSA will focus on vegetables with options for pastured eggs, herbs and cut flowers. We would also like to experiment with ventures in fruit, fiber, meat, grains and/or dairy. We're focused on using innovative technology to practice soil-centric, restorative agriculture. Ultimately, our goal is to improve food access in our community while providing education and mentorship to future farmers.