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Farm ID 3215

    Farm ID 3215
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Our Story: We started clearing land in East Blue Hill for a house site in 1988. The land was completely forested then, the soil acid with ledge poking through everywhere. But we were young and energetic. We built our 24’ X 36’ house and then cleared half an acre for a garden to the south. We then acquired a horse and cleared land for a horse barn and paddock to the north. Every year we would clear a little more of the woods, pulling stumps and expanding our gardens. In 1995 we cleared a southwest facing slope and planted an apple orchard and in 1998 we cleared two acres of clay bottom land for field gardens. We embarked on a decades-long program of soil building, including tile drains, tons of lime, and additions of countless truckloads of animal manure from neighboring farms. Now, after 25 years, our soil is superb.

The Blue Hill peninsula is a farm-friendly community. Generally, we can sell whatever we grow to our established markets. Our markets currently consist of direct sales to East Blue Hill residents through a weekly email list, the Blue Hill Farmers Market, Farmdrop (an online farmers market), and wholesale to the Blue Hill Food Co-op. In the off season we sell lumber and wooden items manufactured in our workshop.
The wooded portion of the farm is mostly softwood: pine, spruce, cedar. Much of it is of harvestable size. There is enough hardwood to supply heating needs indefinitely.

We are all set up with tools and equipment, a thriving market for organic produce, and the knowledge and experience of how to grow and sell beautiful vegetables. We want to see this land continue as a working farm and are looking for young people who desire a life outdoors, in touch with the land and the seasons, and who are not afraid of hard work.

Farmhouse:  Built in 1988, center chimney cape, passive solar, wood heated, 1600 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, library, office.

Second living quarters:
Apprentice Cabin 16'X20' winterized, wood heat, rainwater catch system, outhouse
Apprentice Yurt 22' diameter winterized yurt, wood heat, rainwater catch system, outhouse

Equipment: Walk-in cooler, 1954 Ford tractor, 1986 Ford Tractor, 2006 one-ton dump truck, Manure spreader, disc harrow, Howard rotovator, mowers, tillers, winch, 3 point hitch backhoe, Woodmizer sawmill

 

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

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Listing Address:
83 Clayfield Road, East Blue Hill, ME 04629
Main name: Philip Norris
Co-Applicant: Deborah Wiggs
Contact Information
Phone: 207-374-2159
Listing Date: December 14, 2017 00:00
Current Farm Use: Market Gardens
Total Acres: 15
Acres in Pasture: 2
Woodlot Acres: 12
Tillable Acres: 3
Acres in Orchard/Fruits/Perennials: 1
Farm House: Yes
Predominant Soil Type: Lamoine
ME County:
  • Hancock
Suitable for Growing:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Berries
  • Flowers
  • Goats
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Ornamentals
  • Poultry
  • Row Crops
  • Vegetables
  • Woodlot
Tenure Interests:
  • Work-to-own
Farm Structure(s):
  • Barns
  • Storage
  • Shop
  • Greenhouses
  • Other Housing
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