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First:

Edith

Last:

Kershner

Phone:

(207) 322-4601

Email:

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Past and present farming experience:

I grew up on a small, diversified farm in Maryland, and learned much about animals and life through 4-H. I attended University of Maine in Orono, where I received my BS in Animal Science, and learned some about the alternative farming methods of organic and sustainable farming. I was passed down the heritage of a sheep rancher from my father's side, and a dairy farmer's daughter from my mothers side, and my goal is to incorporate my heritage as well as my learning into a sustainable, natural sheep dairy. I currently own 10 sheep, 5 of which I have milked this summer. My skills are in handling sheep, pasture rotation, breeding management, financial planning, and living on a shoe string. I am currently employed outside of the farm, but the busy time of year is in the winter, which works out perfect for managing my flock. I also run a small sheep shearing and farrier business, which has been successful. I am searching for a permanent place to live and farm. I would like to buy, rent to own, or possibly lease a piece of property that has a house and some kind of shelter for animals. it does not have to be fancy, but it does have to be affordable. I am a very hard worker and can give references.

Counties being considered:
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Waldo County

Types of enterprises considered:
  • Goats
  • Greenhouse
  • Hay/Forage
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables

Total Acres Desired:

50

Tillable Acres:

1

Wooded acres:

4

Acres in Pasture:

25

Acres in Pasture:

25

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter

Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • 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
  • Farm Manager
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more

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 have 50 head of adult sheep on a sustainable, pasture rotational grazing plan. I hope to produce 3 lamb crops every 2 years, and have a continual milking flock of no less than 25 ewes. My marketable product will be lamb meat, wool fiber, breeding stock, and milk. I plan to use as little commercial machinery as possible, relying on manpower and sustainable practices to accomplish my goals.