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Owner / Operator / Sole Proprietor of Grade A goat farmstead microdairy licensed to sell retail raw milk for human consumption, aged raw milk cheeses. Raised purebred registered goats for over ten years. Did artificial insemination, participated in ADGA's Linear Appraisal program, Dairy Herd Improvement program, earned "SG" Superior Genetics permanent designation on several does from my own breeding program. State Food Safety milk sample testing program showed consistent, excellent results. Dairy premises inspections also excellent.
Created five acre farm from "scratch": decided where to put driveway, septic, barn, fencing, everything.
Had horses for over thirty years. Geese and ducks for over ten years.
- Cumberland County
- York County
- Doesn't matter
- Other Housing
I prefer to live on a farm where the housing and land are shared, organic principles used, permaculture "food forest" specialty crops, pollinator sanctuary. Share ownership / use of some equipment such as a tractor and farm pick-up truck. I plan on having my own machine milking system and since I will have dairy goats, a former cow milking parlor is not necessary but may be flexible.
I do not expect to purchase, but to do a very long lease, preferably a life-time lease.
Ideally, property is conserved and perhaps owned by land trust
- Short-Term Lease
- Long Term Lease
- Lease with Option to Buy
- Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
- Joint Venture with eventual sale
- Farm Manager
- Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
Yes I have a business plan, and Allyn Lamb of SCORE and Frank of UMaine Cooperative Extension York County are helping me review my plan. Also, I am enrolled in the AgrAbility program and working with Lani Carlson. I am also working with Amy LaVasseur of Voc Rehab.
The mission of Rainhaven Conservation & Dairy Goats Company (“Rainhaven Goats”) shall be to provide the public benefit of preserving or improving the environment’s ecosystem services that protect watershed, wildlife, and pollinator habitat by eliminating the use of herbicides, and in so doing, will harvest sunlight, vitamins, and minerals, and return those nourishing benefits as fertilizer to the soil and as healthy goats’ milk and related products to the people of Maine while generating a small profit.
The vision of Rainhaven Goats shall be to promote goats as an essential watershed conservation tool, integrated into a cooperative land and housing permaculture F.A.R.M.* whose purpose includes preserving or improving the environment of Maine working lands to regenerate ecosystem resiliency while providing nourishing food and artisan products crafted by hand that are needed for a thriving community and planet.
* F = Food, Fuel, Fun, Fiber & “Farmacy”
A = Agroforestry
R = Regenerative
M = Methods