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Past and present farming experience:

*I co-managed a 15 acre, certified organic, vegetable, cut flower and pastured egg farm in north-east Illinois as a salaried employee for 8 years from 2009 -2017. The farm was called Tempel Farms Organics.

*Prior to 2009 I co-owned and operated a 5 acre, certified organic vegetable and meat chicken farm on rented land in a farm incubator situation in Lake County Illinois from 2006 - 2009 called Red Tail Farm.

*Harvest Coordinator and Irrigation Specialist was my main focus at Sandhill Organics, a 40 acre, certified organic vegetable and cut flower farm in Lake County, Illinois where I was employed for a full season in 2005.

All my adult working experience has been keenly centered around food.
I graduated with a culinary degree and worked in restaurants and catering kitchens for many years before enthusiastically stepping backward in the food chain to begin the farming portion of my journey.

I currently work for a very widely respected and very successful vegetable and cut flower seed company here in Maine.
I am a nurturing grower of livestock and plants of all kinds as well as a totally dedicated father of 2 boys, ages 8 & 12 who attend school in Winslow, ME.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Cumberland County
  • Franklin County
  • Hancock County
  • Kennebec County
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Oxford County
  • Penobscot County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • Somerset County
  • Waldo County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Hogs
  • Livestock
  • Nursery
  • Poultry
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

Dependent upon the overall project ambitions.

Tillable Acres:

Enough to allow for long crop rotations.

Wooded acres:

Wooded acres would be beneficial.

Acres in Pasture:

Enough to allow for responsible rotational grazing/pasture management.

Acres in Pasture:

Enough to allow for responsible rotational grazing/pasture management.

  • Yes
  • No
  • Doesn't matter
Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)
  • Storage
  • Greenhouses
  • Other Housing
Equipment needed:

The following is not a "need list' but instead is a list of my past tractor and equipment experience.

Tractors and Implements Experience

• Allis Chalmers G - 3 row Jang seeders, basket weeders & beet knives

• Farmall 140 – basket weeders, side knives & wheel track sweeps

• Ford 5150 – loader, forks, Williams tine weeder, Buckeye bed shaper, Mechanical Transplanter mulch layer, JD seed drill (cover crops), Willsie potato digger, water wheel transplanter, flail mower, sub-soiler, hilling discs.

• John Deere 4020 – 12’ disc harrow, field cultivator, batwing mower.

• John Deere 7220 – disc harrow, field cultivator.

• IH Hydro 100 – 9’ Macchio rotorvator, Rainflo water wheel transplanter.

• BCS 722 walk behind tiller. (hoophouses)

• Johnny’s 6 row pinpoint seeder (hoophouses)

Arrangement(s) considered
  • 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
  • Farm Manager
I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Yes
Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

I wish to partner with someone, at least in the initial months or years to bring experience, talent and resources together to launch a realistic, sustainable farm venture that supports the vibrant local Maine food community.