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Past and present farming experience:
I currently work as a Farm Manager for Maine Medicinals in Dresden, Maine, growing certified organic elderberries and botanicals for value added products. Currently, it is my goal to find farmland adjacent to the Dresden area. Typically, I work 4 days for Maine Medicinals, and 3 Days for myself. Another benefit to being close to my current job, is that I am covered via my farm insurance in borrowing farm equipment from work, as my employers said they would be fine with the idea. They are also very supportive of helping me starting an operation, if not another access to berries.
Due to my current situation, I am sitting on a 50+ oyster mushroom log crop, hopefully fruiting this fall, to which I hope to sell directly through a restaurant contact. The lack of rain, and growing site, may prevent good fruiting.
Previous up to the spring of this year 2017, I have owned a small draft powered farm in central Vermont, 9 acres leased total, 3 acres market garden production,4 pasture, leased another 2 acres in apple orchard. I worked as an Arborist/ winter logger off farm job 5+ years experience.
15+ years farm experience
Counties being considered:
- Lincoln County
- Sagadahoc County
Types of enterprises considered:
Total Acres Desired:
- Doesn't matter
Farm structures needed:
- Other Housing
Depends on the purchased farm amount, I would be willing to spend the amount below, but that number is based on the availability of working equipment, infrasturcture and existing repairs.
- Standard Sale
I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
- Maybe (Please send me information)
Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:
In the future, I'd like to find a farm that is diverse in structure, that includes existing infrastructure, at least half of the land to agriculture, and the other to wood lot management. 30-60 acres would be ideal. Once owner, I intend to offer lease agreements to agricultural friends who may want to farm share for "x" amount of years to build capital to re-invest into the farm and possibly build passive farm consumers.
I'd like to find a spot that I can either have direct marketability, or sell wholesale value added. Knowing my schedule, and the local commerce I do not see myself competing in the local farms markets, unless to build clientele. Given work access into the current antioxidant market, I will put some production into wholesale berries/fruit. Long term, I'd like to build the prospective farm into value-added production of diverse orchard crops.