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Farm ID 3115

    Farm ID 3115
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This is the original homestead purchased by my grandfather and grandmother in the late 1800's. The land was continuously farmed until 1953 when my parents had to move with their family. The property has remained in the family since then, eventually coming into our possession about 1990. During this time the property was not farmed, with the exception of annually cutting the hay to maintain the fields. Some wood harvesting was done on the extensive woodland on a sporadic basis. Although an effort was made to maintain the barn, it eventually fell into disrepair and had to be torn down and removed about 2012 for safety reasons. About 1992 after we came into possession of the property we had a wood harvest performed, and in 1999 we completed a forest management plan. As an absentee owner, we had to focus on what could be most productive from a distance which was managing the woodland. Our plan called for managing the forest for wildlife and recreation as well as providing wood for harvest. We planned to harvest on a 15 year cycle and so the next harvest was done in 2007. The lot should be ready for a new harvest in about 5 years. Although we did research on possible use of the remaining fields, we were unable to find any solutions that we could do from a distance. Our previous tenants did extensive vegetable gardening over the last 10+ years growing most of the vegetables for their family of 7. The children also had a little business going of cutting and splitting and selling firewood. In the past when my family lived there they did extensive farming including horses, cows and chickens. There are apple trees still on the property. In addition to vegetable farming, there were blueberry fields and hayfields and pastures for the animals. We realize this is not a working farm at the present time, but that it has the potential to become one. In fact the property across the road was the same as ours one year ago prior to being sold, and it is now a working farm with farm animals. A new owner(s) will most likely need to supplement their income with other full or part time work in the short term until their farm can become established. It would give us great pleasure to see the land return to its original use as a working farm.

My grandparents built the farmhouse in 1893 where they raised their 9 children. After my family left in 1953, the house has had several renters over the years. Beginning in the ‘80’s and completed in 1998, we have extensively renovated the house. The house was raised and a basement added, and the interior walls and ceilings completely replaced with new drywall; new insulation throughout, all new electrical, plumbing and heating and double glazed windows. Because the existing floors were hardwood, we retained those as much as possible. The exterior siding was removed and new celotex insulation and siding was installed. New asphalt roofing was done first in the ‘80’s and the south side again in 2010. During all the renovation work, the focus remained on keeping the original character of the farmhouse; therefore there are rather steep stairs. Also a large country kitchen and a kitchenette in what was once the pantry. Since our last tenants left in September, we have done an upgrade of the house by installing a new bathroom, doing necessary repairs and repainting the entire interior, and sanding and refinishing the floors. The heating system is a hot-air furnace which heats the house very well. Although it is now 30 years old, we have a maintenance contract with the local fuel company to repair/replace it as necessary. Basic appliances are also included; which are electric stove, refrigerator, washer, and dryer; all of which are new within the last 4 years. Also there is a water filter which is necessary due to high mineral content in the well water. The water heater is electric and the sewer is a pump system.

For more info: http://afmlandsales.com/properties/pottle/1101

Are you a farmer looking to move to Washington County?  Perhaps Maine Farmland Trust's Farmland Access Loan Program might be a useful tool for you to gain access to this farm, which you thought otherwise unreachable.  Please visit the info page and if you have interest and feel you would fit the criteria, please contact Erica Buswell at ebuswell@mainefarmlandtrust.org

Otherwise, please contact the Realtor, John Calinino for general inquiries.  207-817-9079

Priced at $150,000

“The information herein is believed to be accurate, but not warranted and should be verified by the buyer.”

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Listing Address:
731 Cooper Road, Alexander, ME, United States 04694
Main name: John Colannino - Realtor
Contact Information
Phone: 207-817-9079
Listing Date: January 19, 2017 00:00
Current Farm Use:  vegetable garden last year - 2015
Total Acres: 176
Acres in Pasture: 4
Woodlot Acres: 172
Tillable Acres: 4
Farm House: 1
Predominant Soil Type: Brayton-Colonel association,0 to 8 percent slopes, very stony
ME County:
  • Washington
Suitable for Growing:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Beef Cows
  • Berries
  • Christmas Trees
  • Dairy (Cows)
  • Flowers
  • Goats
  • Greenhouse
  • Hay/Forage
  • Herbs
  • Hogs
  • Horses
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables
  • Woodlot
Tenure Interests:
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-financed Sale
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