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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Nicholas Baranowski

Application Date:

09/09/2018

Total Acres Desired:

30-75

Organic:
  • Yes
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

Employment on organic CSA vegetable farm, organic medicinal herb farm, and in sustainable forestry/timber management

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Bianca Cothen

Application Date:

09/06/2018

Total Acres Desired:

10+

Organic:
  • Yes
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Farm Manager
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

We are a farming family that is looking to relocate our current operation and grow our business at a place where we can maximize the dream.
We are pursuing our passion of farming for the health of others and our personal self-sufficiency.
We believe in the positive power of living with the land and enjoy sharing this with our three children, in hopes of bettering the future generations and restoring the environment.

Josh grew up near New Orleans, in Mississippi and joined the navy at nineteen as an electronics technician. Josh grew up loving the challenge of problem solving and fixing things and he has a knack for building efficient systems with smart technology.
After 9 years in the Navy and a few years of unchallenging work as a Network Administrator and Telecommunications specialist at Togus VA hospital in Maine, he got into farming and homesteading.

Josh is also a trained boat builder and attended school at the Landing school in Kennebunkport. Mastering woodworking skills has helped us immensely with building infrastructure on the farm. Josh also has an extensive knowledge of small engines and has lots of experience with large farm machinery.
He loves the constant challenge of figuring out how to grow food sustainably and provide a great life for our family.
Being a person who enjoys problem solving and making efficient systems Josh has found his niche in farming full time.

Bianca, is birth doula and aspiring midwife who grew up in New England, and have always had a passion for gardening and taking care of others.
Josh and Bianca connected on their love of farming, feeding ourselves and others off the land. They built a little off grid homestead and cabin in Starks, Maine where they lived for 3 years growing veggies and learning about building a farm and garden.

We are intrigued with the changing world of modern agriculture and have been closely following the work of Elliot Coleman, and Jean-Martin Fortier. Both, of whom, focus on the values of low impact farming, soil building (low / no till), permanent beds, intensive plant spacing, small use of acres with a high yield, year round production, and of course Organic practices.

As people who value working smart and efficiently we have adopted these techniques with low impact hand tools and have a very productive little farm on ¾ of an acre that has produced high yields over this past season.We have had so much fun designing, building, and working our small farm that we know we have finally found our calling and wish to find farming property that can we can instill our next larger steps towards success on.

Farming, Management & Marketing Experience
5+ years of experience growing large yields of Garlic. 2 years experience in making Black Garlic as a value added product in large batches.
3 years homesteading from the ground up
Certified Organic Farming at Charlies Red House Farm in MA ( 2017-2018). We built and managed our own Certified Organic Operation on leased land with weekly wholesale deliveries of vegetables.
Greenhouse work at Brighams farm in Concord MA (2014-2017: Bianca)
Crop planning, equipment maintenance and ground preparation for 4 season farming.
Greenhouse construction and irrigation systems for field and greenhouse
Attendance of Kendall Square discovery market Cambridge MA
Wholesale of products to local aggregates, restaurants and co-ops.
Online presence and advertising, use of social media tools such as facebook, and instagram.

We are participants in the Farm Start program from Farm Credit East and we were able to obtain all new equipment required to work the land efficiently. Please let us know if you would like a list of equipment that we can provide.

Warmly,
Josh & Bianca Cothen
Rusty Shovel Farm
603-759-6311
cothen@gmail.com

bcothen@yahoo.com

Application Date:

08/27/2018

Total Acres Desired:

5

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Partnership
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I purchased the 40 acre plot land on Rt 202 in 2016 to build a commercial building (a cooperage). I did that, however the land came with an old (not currently livable) farm house adjacent to roughly 5 acres of open fields. We are interested in renovating the farm house to be a B&B, and would love to see the farm working again. It was previously used mostly for hay and pastureland for animals. There is a hand dug well and electricity. I have maintained the fields just by burning and mowing them.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Jennifer Pochurek

Application Date:

08/19/2018

Total Acres Desired:

100-250 (more or less)

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

While living in Florida, I purchased a 140-acre tract of woods and pasture in 1998 and began restoring the native longleaf pine, removing exotics, and establishing a small herd of Florida Cracker cattle. Additionally, I created habitat for bobwhite quail, wild turkey, black bear, and wood duck, (and alligator by accident) as well as other species. I enrolled in multiple conservation courses and programs and earned a USDA Forest Steward designation for our work both on the property and promoting land conservation to others via property tours, articles, interviews; I was also selected by Men's Journal and Jhane Barnes (fashion designer) as their Environmental Ambassador of the Year for this work and traveled to the Rolling Stone magazine offices in NYC to give a speech and accept the award. Since then, we have established a crop of sugar cane that we harvest and process into sugar cane syrup for sale at a local museum's pioneer day celebration. We still maintain this property with the assistance of cattle lease holders and friends.

We are not farmers; however, for the last 24 years, I have been co-owner and President of SEARCH, the largest archaeology and cultural resources management company in the world (www.searchinc.com) and I have a practical understanding of conservation, land management, amassing teams of experts, entrepreneurship, and marketing. Now that we have moved to Maine (in July 2018) we are ready to embark on an agricultural enterprise for the benefit our our family, community, and Maine, and to set an example that other professional/non-farmers can (and should!) embrace agriculture as a means of conservation.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Devon Cole

Application Date:

08/04/2018

Total Acres Desired:

5-20

Organic:
  • Yes
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Farm Manager
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

We have both completed a farming apprenticeship at a small diversified veggie farm. Audrey has been a garden team leader at a day program for adults with intellectual uniqueness, created home gardens, studied permaculture, worked at a medicinal herb farm, and is currently working at New Beat Farm in Knox. Devon is a carpenter, enjoys casual gardening in his spare time, and is committed to supporting the local sustainable agriculture community.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

dana Murray

Application Date:

07/29/2018

Total Acres Desired:

150

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I have raised cattle for the past 3 yrs, bred horses i have my business registered under name of Diaz Quarter Horses.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Terry Mitrenga

Application Date:

07/23/2018

Total Acres Desired:

20+

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Farm Manager
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

We currently live in a urban area where our farming capabilities are limited. We have very little experience - but a great desire. Currently we have a small vegetable garden for our own use and we are raising meat rabbits.
We are self educating through several sources, including publications and through contact with experienced farmers.

Application Date:

07/18/2018

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I have no commercial farming experience. As I grew up in Saco I spent countless hours with my father and grandfather in their gardens and have loved working with the earth ever since I was young. Eager to take my farming passion to the next level and bring new life to this farm.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Jordan Pike

Application Date:

07/17/2018

Total Acres Desired:

5-20

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

We run a medium sized vegetable production Farm in Lebanon Maine where we currently lease Farmland. This is our 11th year, we have a 30-person CSA, and do for farmers markets as well as numerous restaurants in the Portsmouth area. We are currently producing vegetables on 3 acres of land, with 20 acres of pasture which we use for two small dairy cows and a small flock of goats. We do milk and cheese as well. As well as 350 laying hens. See www.twotoadfarm.com for more information

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Silvio Navarro

Application Date:

07/12/2018

Organic:
  • Yes
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I grew up with a family that has always loved animals and gardening. My mom finally found her dream hobby farm a couple of years ago, and I've spent hours on end helping out with chickens, ducks, dairy and beef cows, dogs, cats, and rabbits. I love the outdoors and gardening, and everything to do with farming. My significant other is from Peru and will be moving here with me soon. He grew up in the countryside where they had alpacas, cows, horses, sheep, dogs, and lived in a beautiful little hut on the farm. I got to visit his family from there and I've gotten to herd alpacas and sheep, wrangle alpacas and give them their medicine and fix their earrings (what they use to mark whose is whose there). I love animals and nature and the outdoors, and I'm looking for a farm to plant berries and fruit trees (particularly blueberries, cherries, and apples, but others as well), raise some cows sheep and hopefully goats or a pig or two. I'd love a couple horses and we are looking for a place that has a house on it.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Stephanie LeBlanc

Application Date:

07/12/2018

Total Acres Desired:

Any

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

Looking for a place to move and raise my family. Currently keep chickens and fiber rabbits. Worked on a small farm for a year. I have woodworking and carpentry skills, I can weld and blacksmith. I have a large vegetable garden and many fruit trees and bushes. My wife is a baker, crafter, and homemaker. Together we have the skills and know how to do great things.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Miranda Jones

Application Date:

07/07/2018

Total Acres Desired:

50-200

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I am 27 years old and I still live and work on the same family farm that I moved to when I was one year old. I have a literal lifetime of experience on this farm. I raise black angus and registered highland cattle and rotate them daily to new paddocks of pasture. I also raise pastured pork, pastured poultry, and pastured eggs. My brother is a garden guru, I do not know as much about planting and harvesting as he does but I am involved in the process and have enough experience to build upon and become a pro. My mother is from Maine, my wife and I have always longed to form our own farm business in New England. Southern summers are getting to be too much!

Application Date:

06/28/2018

Total Acres Desired:

10-100

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I am a shepherd looking for a farm. I have 150 breeding ewes I rotate on pasture during the crazing season. The lambs go for meat, wool, and pelts. I have been raising sheep for 13 years. For the past 3 I have been living in Whitefield. I strive for sustainability in all aspects of my farming business and i hope to improve any piece of land I have the privilege of stewarding.
Due to family circumstances I am needing to relocate.
I have extensive experience with all things homesteading. I also make custom knives.
I would prefer to find an old farm/homestead needing new vitality. I can build or fix an old house. I can build a barn as needed.

Application Date:

06/18/2018

Total Acres Desired:

10-20

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I have been a small time vegetable farmer an have worked on a few tree farms for large scale nurseries. With the resent growth in agricultural hemp I am looking for a nice piece of land to start farming for hemp fiber crops.

Application Date:

06/14/2018

Total Acres Desired:

10+

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I am coming from a different industry but am looking to either partner with someone with more experience looking to start a new farm or start a transfer of ownership process with a current farming professional looking to retire over the next few years.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Sean "Ryushin" Malone

Application Date:

06/03/2018

Total Acres Desired:

10

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

Previously I had a small, rustic off-grid homestead. We had 12 dairy goats, 3 american guinea hogs, meat rabbits and chickens, as well as a small garden. Currently I am staying at appleton creamery and helping around the farm in exchange for a portion of my rent.

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Application Date:

04/29/2018

Total Acres Desired:

2-4

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

The Maine Rice Project is based in Fairfield, Maine. It was founded in 2015 by Ben Rooney. The Maine Rice Project’s primary goal is to get more people in Maine growing and eating local, sustainably grown rice and other grains. We believe that integrated polyculture grains farming can increase profitability of small farms in Maine, while supporting the surrounding ecosystems and waterways.

The Maine Rice Project at Wild Folk Farm is the only commercial rice operation in Maine, and one of the largest in the Northeast. While Wild Folk has worked well as an initial location to pioneer rice growing in Maine and validate this as a genuine opportunity, the site is constrained by several factors that make it difficult to continue doing the research needed to optimize this polyculture paddy technology. One of the important takeaways from our experience at Wild Folk has been the realization that an effective paddy system is fundamentally site-specific, meaning that system design must take into account characteristics of the site where it is to be located. Designing a good rice paddy begins with selecting a good site.

Maine-grown rice is already commercial viable. We have seen a rapid rise in the demand for our rice, both from food and seed customers, in the last two years. The 2017 harvest was our largest yet, at 3000 pounds. Most of accounts, at restaurants, co-ops, and from individual sales, are requesting year-long supplies of rice, however demand has been so strong that by the end of 2017 we will be out of rice. Demand has significantly outpaced supply at this point, and the market is calling for increased production.

Why grow rice in Maine? Simply put, Maine has considerable wetland and clay-rich acreage, much of it on farmland that is quite fertile, but unusable for most forms of agriculture. Rice is a crop that grows well in these conditions, and thus could substantially increase the economic productivity of these farmlands. Many people think that Maine’s climate is too cold for rice growing. This is simply not the case. Rice has been grown for hundreds of years in Northern Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, and throughout eastern Europe in climates much the same, if not colder than Maine’s.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Andrew

Application Date:

04/26/2018

Total Acres Desired:

5 minimum, up to 30

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

We have been raising chickens for three years, and have starting with Nigerian Dwarf goats for dairy this year. We have hardened some, but our soil needs more improvement.

Application Date:

04/15/2018

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

No experience! Just casual gardening...

Application Date:

04/13/2018

Total Acres Desired:

10-50

Organic:
  • Yes
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
Seeker(s) past and/or 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.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Chad Mills

Application Date:

04/12/2018

Total Acres Desired:

10-75

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

We both grew up in Vermont and were exposed to farming and homesteads. Chad helped his grandparents build two log homes from their land when he was a teenager. Robyn has fond memories of haying on her grandfather's dairy farm and feeding calves from the bottle at her uncle's dairy farm. Her parents always had a huge garden, beef cattle, and hogs. She learned about food preservation at a very young age and continues this tradition today often using her mother's recipes. Her grandfather & uncle also had maple sugar operations which she was a part of.
As adults we have worked on the following farms:
Chad: Field manager for large scale (50 acre) vegetable production farm in Norwich, Vermont, Farm teacher at "The Farm School" for adults in Athol, MA, field worker in Livingston Manor, NY. He is also a master gardener. Chad has many skills that come in handy on a farm. He was a mechanic for 20 years and can fix most farm machinery including tractors. He is also skilled in carpentry, electrical, and plumbing. We remodeled our last home (1913) from the ground up.
Robyn: Two different small raw dairies specializing in cheese, butter, and yogurt...one in Gill, MA, the other in Summit, OR. Large scale berry farm in Gill, MA. Robyn was also a Maine Registered Guide in her mid-20's and took people on many rivers throughout Maine. She fell in love with the diverse landscape, people, and natural world there.
We are currently in Maine as of May 21st, 2018 to live here permanently.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Jean Pauly

Application Date:

04/01/2018

Total Acres Desired:

20-60

Organic:
  • Yes
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

Garen founded his farm business on 2 acres in 1998 at Back River Farm. He sold at the Portsmouth, Durham, and Dover Farmers' Markets as well as wholesale to restaurants. He transitioned to his current location in 2010, changing his farm name to Garen's Greens. He leases 1.5 acres of land from Riverside Farm in South Berwick. He presently specializes in salad greens and roots, and sells primarily to restaurants and small stores, as well as at the Exeter and Rollinsford Winter Farmers' Markets. Jean co founded Meadow's Mirth Farm in 2004 and was involved in vegetable, berry, flower and dried bean growing. She marketed at various farmers markets as well as at local restaurants. Although she works two 'off farm' jobs, Jean is currently working on her Certification in Permaculture Design, and is experimenting with pollinator habitat creation. Garen and Jean are looking for a piece of property with enough land to continue growing vegetables, while expanding into small fruit and livestock production, while promoting diversity and wildlife habitat.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Mark Greene

Application Date:

03/29/2018

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Farm Manager
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I lived and worked on a 40-acre homestead in Athens, Maine for five years in my mid-twenties as an apprentice and then farm manager, and am finally at a place where I can return to Maine in the hopes of renewing farming activities. We are looking for a small plot to rent or buy, or a partnership opportunity. We have experience keeping meat and laying chickens and bees, syruping, and growing organic vegetables and fruit trees.

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Melyssa Weed

Application Date:

03/26/2018

Total Acres Desired:

50-100

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I don't have much farming experience as I have never really lived on a farm. Besides visiting Mennonite friends when I was a teen living in Pennsylvania for a couple of weeks every summer and helping them with their dairy farm or bailing hay I don't have much experience. My partner Melyssa grew up in the Camden Hills area and has always wanted to have a farm. I am an electrical engineer and love all things engineering related. Melyssa is a laboratory scientist and has a passion for the outdoors.

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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

William Yulov

Application Date:

03/25/2018

Total Acres Desired:

5-10

Organic:
  • Yes
Seeker(s) is considering the following arrangement(s):
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
Seeker(s) past and/or present farming experience:

I have traveled the country farming as a teen and entering my young 20's.
Working with Seattle Youth Garden Works teaching younger and older people how to build structures, prep for the season, grow food, harvest and cook. Along with multiple private owned farms in northern Maine near Blue hill. I farm at my daycare and at home as well.