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First:

Ayslinn

Last:

Rafferty

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Robin Zeno

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Past and present farming experience:

I have 5 years experience with chickens and 1 year experience with alpacas. I ran an under the table egg business consisting of about 20 hens at any given time during high school, and occasionally helped out at the now defunct alpaca farm that was our neighbors. I have something of a mentor sheep-wise in Hawthorne and Thistle farms, and will be taking MOFGA classes once I purchase a car(which if all goes well will be 1/17/2020). In bullet points I have experience:

•maintaining a clean and healthy enviorment
•waking early to feed and water
•continous ice breaking in winter
•body inspections, including teeth and hooves
•lifting live animals up to 100 lbs
•moving circular bales without machinery(with help, of course)
•beak and talon trimming, washing, and other show prep
•humane culling of genetically incompatible with life birds
•humane slaughter for meat(have only done this once)
•processing wool, both sheep and alpaca, from fresh sheared fleece to yarn

Robin currently does not have farming experience but he's smart, a fast learner, stubborn, and really wants to do this, more than anything.

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:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Beef
  • Berries
  • Christmas Trees
  • Dairy (cows)
  • Goats
  • Grains
  • Hay/Forage
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
Total Acres Desired:

+5

Tillable Acres:

Will not be tilling

Wooded acres:

Any

Acres in Pasture:

3+

Acres in Pasture:

3+

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

Any

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

Chicken Coop or elsewise a place to put one, shovel but I can get one, we can get our own but a scythe would be nice, if more than 10 acres a quad or 4x4 at least until I have some oxen trained up

Arrangement(s) considered
  • 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:

Robin and I's goal is to eventually create a sheep farm LGBQT haven much like Tenacious Unicorn Alpaca Ranch, but we realize that's a long way away and would like experience first.

For the time being, we would like to start out with a small Jacob flock consisting of 1 ram and 5 ewes and grow our flock from there, separating the baby rams and letting them grow thier horns. Most of our ram sales will likely come from people looking for animals for Eid, elsewise we will keep rams with good horns and good confirmation to sell to other breeders. If they do not sell by 1 year 6 months we will have them slaughtered for thier horns and meat.

We'd like to keep two goats for personal milk use.

We'd like to keep a free range flock of 30-50 chickens, consisting of lavender Americana roosters and Easter egger hens. I have a cross breeding project I would like to attempt. Eggs will be sold, pullets not meeting my standards for breeding will be sold, most likely for pet purposes, roosters will be used for meat. I know they won't be great meat birds so it will likely be for personal use, wether as dog food or human food.

We'd like to keep a small flock of Cayuga ducks for conservation purposes and meat, though we do not have our hearts set on this.

Eventually we would like to get two highland cows, most likely steers or freemartins, and train them for oxen and riding purposes. This is likely 3-5 years out.