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First:

Olivia

Last:

Barber

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Jane Redlon

Phone:

(207) 939-4342

Email:

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Past and 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.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Cumberland County
  • Franklin County
  • Kennebec County
  • Lincoln County
  • Oxford County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • York County

Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Goats
  • Herbs
  • Hogs
  • Horses
  • Livestock
  • Nursery
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter

Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)

Arrangement(s) considered
  • 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

I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Yes

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

Our proposed farm operation focuses on educating our community on sustainable farming practices, with a focus on heritage breeds of livestock and heirloom strains of produce. We hope to instill in the next generation a sense of stewardship toward the land, and connectedness to the food on their plate while bringing families and communities closer together. Programs are structured as day, after school, vacation and summer schedules; each being tailored to specific age groups. These programs focus on stewardship and responsible farming practices in order to connect students to the land and introduce them to where their food comes from. The overall operation includes livestock husbandry, gardening and orchard techniques, compost and vermiculture practices, as well as keystone species identification to determine overall farm health.