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First:

Denise

Last:

DeSpirito

Phone:

(516) 698-7082

Email:

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Past and 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.

Counties being considered:
  • Knox County
  • Waldo County

Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Flowers
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Nursery
  • Ornamentals

Total Acres Desired:

1-5

Tillable Acres:

3

Wooded acres:

1

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter

Farm structures needed:
  • Storage
  • Greenhouses
  • Other Housing

Equipment needed:

Not all those structures checked are "needed" on the property already, but would be a bonus. Also interested in if there is a tractor or tiller on site. Well is needed.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • 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

I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Yes

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

My goal is to grow high quality herbs and flowers using organic practices and sustainable, respectful stewardship of the land to support the community. Using herbal medicine is an integral part of supporting people’s health and cut flower production is a supplement to this operation, lending it's annual nature to support the operation financially in the beginning as perennials begin to get established. And also because beauty heals! Wholesale herb production is a growing market with a local Maine herbal co-op birthed in 2016 and growing opportunities beyond the state for high quality dried herbs. I aim to create not only a working wholesale herbal production farm but also grow direct to consumer sales with herbal and flower csa offerings and a location that can act as a living classroom providing a space for hands on education around growing herbs, tending to one’s own health, and tending to land in a sustainable way.