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First:

Phoebe

Last:

Lyttle

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Tyler Frank

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Past and present farming experience:

We are specifically looking for a farm to grow our composting operation. We operate a curbside composting business that picks up food scraps from households and businesses in York, Cumberland, and Saggadahoc counties. We currently collect over 20 tons of foodscraps per day that are composted at local farms and composting sites. We also build and installs raised bed gardens for homeowners and businesses across Southern Maine. For more information about our business you can visit our website: garbagetogarden.org.

Outside of the business, Tyler and I have volunteered on farms through the WOOF program, attended Maine Compost School, and currently have a small homestead in Windham where we raise chickens, pigs, have a large vegetable garden and enjoy a variety of hobby scale farming activities.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Cumberland County
  • Oxford County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Beef
  • Christmas Trees
  • Goats
  • Grains
  • Hay/Forage
  • Hogs
  • Livestock
  • Nursery
  • Pasture
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

50+

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Equipment needed:

We are prepared to purchase the equipment required for the composting operation including a large loader and dump truck for the farm to move material and a screener to screen the finished compost.

If the property we find is currently being used for some kind of operation that we would like to continue, for example, for hay, we would be interested in purchasing any available haying equipment to continue that.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Yes
Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

Tyler started Garbage to Garden in 2012 in Portland and over the years it has grown from one man and a pickup truck to a thriving company with 25 full-time employees. We provide a subscription based curbside composting program for households. Households pay us $15/month for us to collect their food scraps to be composted. We currently work with almost 10,000 households in Southern Maine. We also collect food scraps from businesses, schools, and other organizations with our commercial collection service. Outside of the collection part of the business, we deliver hundreds of yards of finished compost each spring and build and install raised bed gardens for households and businesses.

We are looking for a property to compost the compostable material we collect and expand other areas of the business. This could include bagging compost for sale at retail locations and propogating seedlings to offer to our garden clients among other things. We are prepared to engage in other agricultural activities on the property depending on existing use.

The compost operation itself does not require significant acreage but having acreage that provides a solid buffer from neighbors/abutting properties is very important.

We are also open to partnering with other farmers who are looking for land for their own operation whether it be leasing land or some creative partnership that allows our operations to work together.

In terms of lease/purchase of land, we are open to a number of arrangements in terms of use and sale of land so reach out to us and let's have a conversation.