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First:

Catherine

Last:

Combs

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Alexander Gehringer

Email:

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Past and present farming experience:

My Fiance and I are looking for our little slice of heaven. I grew up on a 500 acre farm in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. I am not looking for a huge project like that unless I had a mentor. I want a smaller farm where I can diversify -mostly looking for water access to raise oysters and/or build my own fishery. We've working in fine dining restaurants so we are hoping to supply local eateries and hopefully partner with local educational institutions to provide education and field trips. We are looking for a community that cares about their land and wants to steward and protect it - living with the land. I am no stranger to long and cold winters where round bails and square bales needed setting out at 4am in the dark. We are young and interested in building something or taking something over. The farm would be my job as well as my passion project.

Counties being considered:
  • Cumberland County
  • Kennebec County
  • Lincoln County
  • Penobscot County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • Waldo County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Beef
  • Berries
  • Christmas Trees
  • Goats
  • Greenhouse
  • Hay/Forage
  • Herbs
  • Horses
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

<100

Tillable Acres:

2-5

Acres in Pasture:

1-5

Acres in Pasture:

1-5

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

Willing to take what I can get - Trying for a permaculture ecosystem style farming operation.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • 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:

In development - Nailing down what my specialization will be - hoping for meat rabbits, chickens, goats, and oysters (maybe shrimp as well). Oysters would be my first choice for production.