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Co-Applicant / Spouse:

K. C.

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Past and present farming experience:

On farming background -- I grew up working on my Grandparents 40 milking Holsteins South Carolina farm -- fluid milk, sold to coop. Approx. 100 acres in pasture and 40-60 acres of coastal Bermuda hay. After college, I worked for Kvaerner construction as a historic preservation foreman in Sarasota, Florida, then ran a ceramics studio in Atlanta, GA. I returned to farming at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN where I was the farm product coordinator (sales, production, facility design, contract negotiating) and my husband, was the dairyman and cheesemaker. We milked sheep, approx 60-80 head and purchased cow's milk as well for cheese making. He won (I believe, its been a while 🙂 4 ACS awards for Blackberry Farm & I negotiated national distribution of farm products in partnership with Williams Sonoma.
After Blackberry Farm, we relocated to Coatesville, PA to work on Doe Run Farm where I was general farm manager overseeing crops, pasture, hay, buildings, and dairy/meat sales -- at that time 700 acres total -- 120 in hay -- orchard grass, 2 acres of feed corn, 20 of oats, 20 of barley. He was lead dairyman for the milking heard of 30 Jersey cows, 80 sheep and 40 goats (plus steers/meat animals) -- He was also the cheese maker at Doe Run winning 6 ACS awards and one world cheese award for cheese he designed/produced.
In 2013 began working as dairy buyer for Four Seasons produce distributor based in Lancaster, PA after Doe Run and was there for 5 year running their non-produce department (dairy, eggs, meat & USDA/FDA/HACCP compliance)
2015 my husband began working at Appleton Farm in Ipswich, MA 1000 acre land trust farm owned by the Trustees of Reservations non-profit. He began as lead cheese maker and now heads both the dairy and the cheese making. 30 milking Jerseys, 120 acres of hay, approx 100 acres of pasture.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Aroostook County
  • Cumberland County
  • Franklin County
  • Hancock County
  • Kennebec County
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Oxford County
  • Penobscot County
  • Piscataquis County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • Somerset County
  • Waldo County
  • Washington County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Beef
  • Dairy (cows)
  • Goats
  • Hay/Forage
  • Horses
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Sheep
Total Acres Desired:

20 or greater

Acres in Pasture:

20 or greater

Acres in Pasture:

20 or greater

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Farm structures needed:
  • Milking Facilities
  • Barn(s)
Equipment needed:

We prefer to find a dairy that is working with it's equipment -- but will consider one that has a structure without working equipment. Would prefer to have a tractor come with the farm or available to purchase, also would like to have hay equipment -- however, it is not a deal breaker. Barn and farmhouse are a must.

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

Our plan will depend on the farm. I have found that a plan without taking the land into consideration is not very worthwhile for dairy. I will scale the plan to what can be done on the land. I am happy to write one if there is a good chance at a sale, but not willing to submit one to a individual without serious consideration as a buyer.