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First:

Emmett

Last:

Hopkins

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Lynda Hopkins

Email:

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Past and present farming experience:

Our family has owned and operated a CSA and farmers market farm in California for 12 years. We have been growing row crops, tending fruit trees, and managing a rotationally grazed egg-laying chicken flock for primarily direct-to-consumer sales, with some distribution through local restaurants and small-scale wholesalers as well. We have experience raising a herd of dairy goats (non-commercial dairy; income was primarily through sale of show-quality goat kids), sheep, heritage turkeys, ducks, and geese. We have also grown grains, dry beans, and seed garlic. We are launching our first-ever pumpkin patch this year.

Counties being considered:
  • Cumberland County
  • Hancock County
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • Waldo County
  • Washington County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Beef
  • Berries
  • Christmas Trees
  • Goats
  • Greenhouse
  • Hay/Forage
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Row Crops
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables
  • Woodlot
Total Acres Desired:

10-200

Tillable Acres:

Minimum 5

Wooded acres:

Open to any

Acres in Pasture:

Minimum 5

Acres in Pasture:

Minimum 5

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

The more the better, but not mandatory

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

No equipment needs; willing to acquire equipment offsite if necessary.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Partnership
I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Yes
Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

We are exhausted by wildfire seasons in California, and want to invest in a farm in Maine. We are open to a variety of locations and farming types. Ideally, we would like to enter into a partnership with a farmer or aspiring farmer, in which we would purchase and/or finance the farm, and the partner would live and work on the farm year-round. We would spend time on the farm seasonally at first, and not plan to live there year-round. We would be willing to work with an experienced farmer or with an aspiring farmer; we could provide mentorship to a less experienced farmer, or collaboration with a more experienced farmer.

Ideally the farm would have at least 2 houses on it: one for our farming partner, and one for our family. Our house could be rented out as a farmstay (if local regulations permit) when we are not there, in order to generate additional revenue to supplement farm income.