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First:

Paul

Last:

McDonald

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Hanna McDonald

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Past and present farming experience:

I worked as an apprentice for 2nd Wind Farm on Chebeague Island last summer, and will likely help on the farm again this summer.

I've studied works by Eliot Coleman, Joe Salatin, Never Sink Farm, and Jean-Martin Fourtier.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Cumberland County
  • Franklin County
  • Hancock County
  • Kennebec County
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Oxford County
  • Penobscot County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • Somerset County
  • Waldo County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Beef
  • Greenhouse
  • Hogs
  • Horses
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Row Crops
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

10 acres or more

Tillable Acres:

3-4 acres or more

Wooded acres:

some would be nice

Acres in Pasture:

some would be nice

Acres in Pasture:

some would be nice

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

some would be nice

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

I don't own any equipment yet.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • 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
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 hope to start an organic farm in southern Maine to grow crops and ethically raise free-range chickens, eggs, and pigs.

I would like to do small scale, intensive organic farming on open beds and in several greenhouses that can produce harvests year round. Much in the mold of Eliot Coleman, Jean-Martin Fourtier, and Never Sink Farm. Rather than producing an assortment of vegetables, I will likely focus on high value crops that are market driven: lettuces, arugula, tomatoes, carrots, kale in the winter etc.

I also plan to raise free range meat birds with Joel Salatin's method, and may eventually branch into raising hogs or sheep.