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First:

Shannon

Last:

Kieselbach

Phone:

(845) 867-7372

Email:

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Past and present farming experience:

After growing up in my mothers' gardens, I attended Colorado State University and studied horticulture before starting my career and passion for growing. I have worked in large scale greenhouse and field production: first with the Colorado State Forest Service growing tree seedlings for reforestation efforts. Then at a smaller, family owned flower farm, growing hundreds of specials annuals and perennials for retail sale. Later I spent a few years working on a small scale organic farm and ecology center in Alaska, where I learned the practices needed to start, build and nourish a permaculture farm and develop animal husbandry practices. I currently work at a private estate, caring to over 1,000 specimens vegetables plants in experimental gardens. We focus on growing rare and heirloom varieties for research, seed saving and educational efforts.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Aroostook County
  • Cumberland County
  • Franklin County
  • Hancock County
  • Kennebec County
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Oxford County
  • Penobscot County
  • Piscataquis County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • Somerset County
  • Waldo County
  • Washington County
  • York County

Types of enterprises considered:
  • Berries
  • Flowers
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Hogs
  • Poultry
  • Row Crops
  • Vegetables

Total Acres Desired:

5-15+

Tillable Acres:

1-3

Wooded acres:

unspecified

Acres in Pasture:

1+

Acres in Pasture:

1+

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

unspecified

Organic:
  • Yes

Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)
  • Greenhouses

Equipment needed:

Greenhouses and Agricultural machinery needed. Tractor, Harrow/Tiller, Rototillers
Storage Facilities, Cooling (walk-in, or otherwise)

Arrangement(s) considered
  • 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

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:

I am looking to have a small scale organic farm & homestead. It would be a mixed vegetable/flower/egg/meat operation that would utilize CSA (home and restaurants) and markets (farmers, local groceries). The first year I would aim for a 40 person CSA, growing by 15-20% each following year. I would focus on higher value, quicker growing crops for farmers market, cut flower bouquets and fresh herbs (both cut and potted). I also plan to raise hogs and poultry, the first year for egg production solely, and in the following years, growing into meat and birds as well.

Years 3-5 would focus on expanding growing space to accommodate growing customers, adding more pigs and possibly goats into the farm (for meat, and dairy respectively). Growth of veg/flower CSA would continue as allowed by acreage.

Berries and Fruit production are another focus I will have after the vegetable production as started to peak. After 5 year, I would look into growing finished project goods development from the farm. Canned goods, packaged/smoked meats, dried herbs and spices, goat milk products, honey, dried flowers, etc...

Over time I would love to grow the farm as an educational experience too. Offering workshops and classes for both children and adult, teaching them home gardening information, or young kids about animals and how plants grow. Communities help farms to survive, so I think it is important to be community orientated.