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First:

Dana

Last:

Agger

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Past and present farming experience:

I have worked caring for hunter-jumper, dressage, and race horses for 11 years. I have been trained in basic stable management and training hunter-jumper horses to be handled on the ground and ridden. I diversified my knowledge of farming by completing my bachelors degree in Animal and Veterinary Science with a minor in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine, Orono in 2017. During my time at UMaine I worked in the dairy barn for 2 years (students are only expected to work 1 semester) learning how to milk, assist in calving, artificially inseminate cows, manage mastitis and other bovine ailments, and proper nutrition for fresh, dry, and lactating cows. As a student at UMaine I also was heavily involved in the Ewe Maine Sheep Club and volunteered to do daily barn chores, assist with shearing, and manage ewes and lambs during lambing season. Immediately following graduation I was selected by a professor to complete a lambing internship at the Agricultural University of Iceland. During this internship I independently delivered approximately 3,000 lambs and learned Icelandic shepherding techniques. Upon my return to Maine I have been working at ImmuCell Corporation, a bovine health company, to formulate preventative vaccines for cattle. I have continued working on several farms part time raising livestock (horses, chickens, pigs) hay, and vegetables. I have also completed the course So You Want to Farm in Maine? given by the Cooperative Extension to learn the business side of farming in Maine. Currently, I am working as a sheep and alpaca shearing apprentice for Edie Kershner.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Cumberland County
  • Kennebec County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Beef
  • Greenhouse
  • Hay/Forage
  • Hogs
  • Horses
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

10-50

Tillable Acres:

1-3

Wooded acres:

2-20 but I'm flexible about this

Acres in Pasture:

5-10

Acres in Pasture:

5-10

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

A few would be nice but not required

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)
  • Storage
  • Greenhouses
Equipment needed:

Barn(s), greenhouse, and fenced pastures would be a bonus to already have on the land but if needed I can add them to the property myself over time

Arrangement(s) considered
  • 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)
I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Maybe (Please send me information)
Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

I aim to have a diversified livestock farm and eventually produce vegetables using sustainable agriculture practices to feed my family and community. I will employ permaculture and organic methods to ensure I produce the highest quality product while leaving as little impact on the environment as possible. *Please see business plan attached*