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Past and present farming experience:
I have WWOOFed on a production coffee farm in Kona, Hawaii, cultivated kale, beets, and pineapples on a subsistence farm in Hilo, Hawaii, I grew produce and flowers on a 1/2 acre urban garden in Portland, OR for one season, and I have helped build a greenhouse on a homestead in southwestern Virginia. I currently manage a 1/4 acre garden in Northport. Starting seeds, transplanting, cultivating, harvesting...mostly on a small scale. I have not operated heavy equipment like a tractor or plow.
I have experience building traditional Mongolian-style yurts, which I plan to eventually build and sell as part of the farm business. I am studying herbalism and currently work for Avena Botanicals.
Counties being considered:
- Knox County
- Waldo County
Types of enterprises considered:
Total Acres Desired:
Acres in Pasture:
Acres in Pasture:
Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:
- Doesn't matter
- Standard Sale
- Owner-Financed Sale
- Lease with Option to Buy
- Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
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:
The first 5-10 years will be spent getting the land set up for the medicinal herb operation and to begin coppicing hardwood forest in the appropriate areas. This will involve building soil, building gardens, clearing land if needed. Some of the medicinal herbs planned as cash crop will be forest-grown. During this time I plan to retain my current day job, which is 4 days a week in Rockport, ME.
Also during this time, a small simple living structure will be built, most likely a yurt, for the estimated cost of $7,000. This does not include the cost of my labor, which I fold into my normal living expenses. Small outbuildings for storage of tools, lumber, and supplies will also be built, mostly from salvaged and found materials.
The plan then moves into the "cottage industry" phase which consists of a coppiced woodland that will provide firewood for myself, building materials for the yurts I build, and potential marketable product in the form of charcoal, made on site in my home-made kiln. The business will make money through the sale of these simple, traditionally built yurts, sale of charcoal, and sale of at-risk medicinal herbs to local herbalists.