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First:

Loni

Last:

Hamner

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Bryan Hamner

Email:

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Past and present farming experience:

Currently operating a two acre leased space for my family's homestead. We operate a roadside Farmstand in Gardiner selling organic produce, eggs, and craft goods. I've worked in healthcare as a Maine native for over ten years. My husband is a brewer but he supports my dreams. He does sugaring on the side. After the birth of my daughter I decided on a lifestyle change. We currently tend 50+ poultry including ducks, ornamentals and egg layers. We recently have added goats to our farm with the hopes of getting into dairy and meat. In addition have begun a small rabbitry. I have taken classes on market gardening with the hopes of expansion to CSA veggies one day. You can only do so much on two acres. We've made the most of our leased space.

Counties being considered:
  • Kennebec County
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Waldo County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Beef
  • Berries
  • Christmas Trees
  • Dairy (cows)
  • Flowers
  • Goats
  • Grains
  • Greenhouse
  • Hay/Forage
  • Herbs
  • Hogs
  • Livestock
  • Ornamentals
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Row Crops
  • Sheep
  • Sugaring
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

5+

Tillable Acres:

2+

Acres in Pasture:

2+

Acres in Pasture:

2+

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

2+

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

Willing to work with what is provided. We currently do not have large equipment on our small acreage.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • 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:
  • Yes
  • Maybe (Please send me information)
Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

Our vision at Hamner Homestead is to increase our diversity livestock and broaden our knowledge. To live sustainably and use organic practices. Our goal is to own a farm with 10-20 acres where we could operate a year round greenhouse. To sell farm raised meat and dairy on a small scale, quality over quantity.