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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Kristen Marinaccio

Past and present farming experience:

My name is Michael. My wife and I dream of starting our own homestead, living off the land as much as possible and raising our own small-scale livestock [icelandic sheep and heritage-breed pigs], bees, and poultry. We did not grow up on farms. We grew up in suburbia, went to college, and began careers working with children and trying to give back to our community. These careers have been rewarding, but we find something missing in our daily lives, a connectedness to the land and seasons, to nature, and to the food we eat and in some ways the life we live. My wife is an Elementary School teacher and loves working with children and helping them develop an excitement for learning and a love of nature. I worked as a Youth and Family counselor for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties for a number of years and am now a full-time at-home dad to our young son. I hope to begin a family homestead, generating as much of our own meat, produce, and goods as possible while my wife continues in her passion of teaching. As our family has grown we have come together to evaluate our goals, what we want out of life, and how we want to raise our children. We are currently renters and it has become clear that we need to begin by finding the right piece of land to make this dream a reality.

We are not experienced farmers or homesteaders, but we are also not afraid of hard work, sacrifice, and making mistakes. The well-lived life is full of these things. We visit local farms and often work weekends at a small non-profit educational farm, tending to the animals [sheep, pigs, llama/alpacas, goats, donkeys, chickens and other fowl, and cows] as well as the gardens when the full-time staff are off. We read as much as we can get our hands on about homesteading skills and practice those we can where we are. We hope that someday soon we will be able to move from our small apartment and begin a homestead of our own, living in a way that respects the land and putting in the hard work needed to bring ethical and sustainable food to our own table and, someday perhaps, back into the community.

Counties being considered:
  • Cumberland County
  • Franklin County
  • Lincoln County
  • Oxford County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Hogs
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables
  • Woodlot
Total Acres Desired:


Tillable Acres:


Wooded acres:


Acres in Pasture:


Acres in Pasture:


  • Doesn't matter
Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Yes
Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

See above