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First:

Sara

Last:

Ramirez

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

William Linhart

Email:

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Past and present farming experience:

At the age of 20, in 2004, William started working on a flower farm for six months in Springfield, Oregon seeding, weeding, watering, and harvesting flowers. It gave the opportunity to see an active farm for the first time from seed to sale.
In 2006, William was once again working on a farm in Mendocino, California harvest herbs. It was eye opening to see small scale harvest of a mono-crop for market.
In 2011, William spent time farming in Oxford, Mississippi planting seeds, turning compost piles, clearing trees, and harvesting a variety of vegetables.
From these experiences, William has held his desire in working with the Earth to supply a steady, healthy supply of food sources.

In 2008, Sara traveled to Annapolis, California to work on a small homestead through WWOOF. There she cleared trees, learned woodworking skills, and for the first time got a sense of how a more remote homestead actually works.
In 2010, Sara was studying anthropology in Kansas City, Missouri where she began studying the production of material goods. She started exploring the ideas of producing her own goods in order to have a better understanding and engagement with the world around her. Since then, she has had a vegetable garden growing wherever she has lived.

In 2017, we started studying permaculture together, growing food wherever we could, and learning to work together as a team. Since moving to Maine last spring, our sense of gaining roots and growing food and community continues to motivate us.

Counties being considered:
  • Cumberland County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Goats
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Nursery
  • Ornamentals
  • Row Crops
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables
  • Woodlot
Total Acres Desired:

20

Tillable Acres:

2-5

Wooded acres:

10

Acres in Pasture:

2

Acres in Pasture:

2

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

2

Organic:
  • Yes
Farm structures needed:
  • Greenhouses
Equipment needed:

We are willing to work with what is at hand, even if that may be very little.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Long Term Lease
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Yes
Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

Farm vision and identity:
-be sustainable
-provide educational opportunities for community to engage in healing, knowledge and environmental coexistence
-have a multidimensional operation that enables us to both grow sustenance and sustainable products, including herbs, vegetables, mycelium, poultry, and hemp.
-be a rural hub of reconnection to land stewardship
-hold organic standards to all our farming and living practices

How we will share and communicate with community:
-provide a monthly Herbal CSA that focuses on seasonal growth
-educational classes on creating herbal remedies tailored to personal chronic illness and homesteading skills
-sell produce at community markets
-seek grants that connect food to local, underrepresented communities
-invite community members to help on the farm in various forms: monthly community work days, community farm events, apprenticeships, internships, and youth programs
-provide outdoor retreats centered around connection and stewardship on the farm