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First:

Michael

Last:

Long

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Shelly Boucher

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Past and present farming experience:

I've been farming organically and biodynamically for over 15 years, most of my career was as a wholesale culinary herb grower in Washington State. More recently, I served as vegetable farm manager at a non profit education research, and outreach farm, Sustainable Settings Ranch, where I managed greenhouses, a small CSA, and grew about 25,000 heads of my heirloom garlic yearly.
During my tenure, I assisted with the daily operations involving dairy cattle, Navajo Churro sheep, laying hens, and a few pigs. I've tilled a few acres and bailed a few bales, and done just about everything in-between.

My partner Shelly, originally from Rhode Island, lived in Boulder Colorado for the last ten years. She currently owns and remotely manages a landscaping company and specializes in Permaculture Design, garden installation, and spoftscaping. She wants to grow flowers and medicinal herbs for an existing wholesale market, and I hope to grow my heirloom garlic and shallots on a larger scale, while maintaining a diverse crop rotation that includes livestock. We'd also be interested in developing silvopasture, as we both have backgrounds in Permaculture and Biodynamic Agriculture.

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
  • Dairy (cows)
  • Flowers
  • Grains
  • Greenhouse
  • Hay/Forage
  • Herbs
  • Hogs
  • Livestock
  • Nursery
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Row Crops
  • Sheep
  • Sugaring
  • Vegetables
  • Woodlot
Total Acres Desired:

10-100

Tillable Acres:

2-10, (unless grains are compatible, then more)

Wooded acres:

2+

Acres in Pasture:

greater than 50%

Acres in Pasture:

greater than 50%

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

1+

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

We'll eventually need a tractor and hay equipment, greenhouses, herb dryer, BCS type tiller, etc. These are all items we're budgeting for, but not a necessity to be included in a sale/transfer.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
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 have been maintaining my stock of 25,000 heads of Biodynamic garlic since 2008, when I started saving 60 heads of garlic given to me by a neighbor. I have since sold nearly 100,000 heads of the garlic over the last three seasons that I farmed in Colorado. I also have maintained my grandfather's Heirloom Shallots for my entire farming career. Needless to say, seed saving is an important function of our farming, and we hope to pursue this as well.
These will be cash crops on a wholesale scale, while other acreage could produce wholesale herbs to be dried and sold through existing avenues and business relationships. We hope to have a closed-loop system, so livestock will be at an appropriate quantity to provide fertility and forage management on pasture and woodlot. A portion of our business will be in meat sales and we will raise all animals ethically and humanely as is standard practice in Biodynamic Agriculture. Our dream is to incorporate permanent herbs, orchards and berries using Permaculture principles, so any perennial crops will provide income in 2+ years from installment.

It should be noted, that our varied experiences in Agriculture have afforded us the possibilities of taking on new crops, enterprises, etc. I believe in diversification of the farm organism, but know the importance of focusing on specific products that are more lucrative and economically viable. We are open to anything the land is capable of and willing to produce. Land and human health come first, and we don't feel the need to impose our business plan on any piece of land without consulting the land first!