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First:

Marshall

Last:

Flowers

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Anne Theriault

Phone:

(617) 833-0934

Email:

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Past and 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.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Cumberland County
  • Hancock County
  • Kennebec County
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • Waldo County
  • York County

Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Berries
  • Christmas Trees
  • Flowers
  • Greenhouse
  • Hay/Forage
  • Herbs
  • Row Crops
  • Sugaring
  • Vegetables

Total Acres Desired:

5-20

Tillable Acres:

2

Wooded acres:

1

Acres in Pasture:

2

Acres in Pasture:

2

Organic:
  • Yes

Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)

Equipment needed:

Unknown.

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

I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Yes

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

Farm Mission/Vision:
At first one or both of us would have a full time job off the farm, until the farm gradually begins to fund more and more of our lives, perhaps even replacing one or both jobs. We are teachers, which gives us more latitude than most in terms of the time we have during the year for farm work.

We'd like to concentrate on apples, berries and eggs, with possible vegetable and flower capacity, building production for 2 years, until, by year 3, the farm/orchard begins to break even or yield a small profit. Ideally, we would like the orchard to become a place where people can visit, pick their own fruit. We hope to offer cooking classes for low income residents and provide surplus food to the community--a place of retreat for those needing respite from Boston and other cities.