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First:

Michael

Last:

Constantine

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Tina Constantine

Phone:

(207) 892-9363

Email:

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Past and present farming experience:

For over 40 years we raised, bred, bought, sold, and trained over 30 horses at a time on our farm in Cape Elizabeth. In 2008 an individual made us an offer and we decided to scale back and bought a small farm in Windham, ME. Only bringing 2 horses with us and thinking we wanted slow down was very short lived. In 2010 we purchased our first 3 Shetland Sheep and grow our flock to 20 breeding and raising lambs for the local wool market. as time went on we added Belted Galloway cattle to the mix but with a very small property we have had to put the brakes on growth. This last fall, 2015, we sold off several of our ewes and have 10 now. Tina and I always say we where born in the wrong era and wish we could have a much larger homestead. Being mostly self reliant has always been a dream but purchasing pasture land has been quite tough around here. Not many existing farms are being sold affordable to sustain farming. Our daughter has the farmer blood running through her as well. Ideally we would love to be able to own or long term lease ready pasture, hayable land here in Windham or close to grow and build a sustainable cattle farm. Producing beef jerky and beef to locals or even markets in the area. We could grow the sheep herd and produce wool for a small yarn shop. We have the drive but just have not been able to connect to the right person. I have a very good job with the Town of Windham so leaving the area would be difficult however if the farm could sustain us financially I/we certainly would be love to do farming full-time. We live in a nice home which we'd certainly sell should the right opportunity come available.

Counties being considered:
  • Cumberland County

Types of enterprises considered:
  • Beef
  • Hay/Forage
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables

Total Acres Desired:

50+

Tillable Acres:

3-4

Acres in Pasture:

majority

Acres in Pasture:

majority

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter

Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)
  • Storage
  • Shop
  • Other Housing

Equipment needed:

Currently we do not own any haying equipment. We have a small 40hp John Deere tractor which works great on our current small place but in order to have a scaled sustainable cattle operation large hay fields and haying equipment will be needed. The possibility is there to have the pasture hayed for us until equipment can be obtained. Fencing and gates would be beneficial but also can be obtained as the operation grows.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Long Term Lease
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale

I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Yes

Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

We do not have a business plan drawn up. However, have run/owned a very successful stable and oil business we have a very good understanding of the financials of business. We have a couple very good friends and mentors who own and run successful cattle operations who are very willing to help. We also have a great understanding of the sheep wool industry so just need the room and facility to grow that business.