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First:

Justin

Last:

Bramhall

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Catie Bramhall

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Past and present farming experience:

For the past 3 years I've been managing a 40 acre retreat center property in the grasslands of the southwest desert. I have been managing and raising a flock of Navajo-Churro sheep in alignment with Holistic Management practices. I also have experience planting and managing fruit trees/orchards on a small scale and have worked as a farm worker on a biodynamic vegetable CSA farm. I have extensive training and practical experience in broad acre regenerative farm design and planning and am looking to applying that to my own regenerative farm project. I was also a volunteer of another CSA for about 5 years where I helped with the distribution. My wife has also worked on an organic and biodynamic farm in Maui.

Counties being considered:
  • Hancock County
  • Kennebec County
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • Waldo County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Beef
  • Berries
  • Christmas Trees
  • Flowers
  • Goats
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Hogs
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Sugaring
  • Vegetables
  • Woodlot
Total Acres Desired:

At least 10

Tillable Acres:

1-5

Wooded acres:

Not a priority

Acres in Pasture:

Ideally at least 10

Acres in Pasture:

Ideally at least 10

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

Not a priority

Organic:
  • Yes
Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)
  • Storage
  • Shop
  • Greenhouses
  • Other Housing
Equipment needed:

Small tractor with a front loader would be great, walk-in cooler, quad/side by side/etc (if no tractor)

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • 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:

I am currently in the process of writing one. My vision is to create a small diverse farm utilizing permaculture design, keyline design, and holistic management. Enterprises I'm looking to focus on initially are pastured layers and broilers and a no-dig market garden selling through direct-market streams (farmers markets, restaurants, natural grocery stores). My goal is to start small as I build my brand and grow over time. Depending on the amount of land I end up with will determine the eventual enterprise possibilities (grass-fed lamb and beef, forested and pastured pigs, orchard of fruit, nut, and berry crops). My overarching intention with the farm is to provide healthy, clean, nutrient-dense food to the local community while at the same time, through our farming practices, to sequester more carbon in the soil than is emitted.