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First:

MARY

Last:

PORTER

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

George Porter

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Past and present farming experience:

Over the past two year my farming experience started with raising chickens to sale eggs in the local community and including the local farmers market during the summer while living in Tuscaloosa Alabama. But my husband who works for the Department of Veterans Affairs for the last 14 years was promoted and transferred to Tougus Maine Healthcare System. Whereas, currently we are leasing a 2 acre farm where I raise a small amount of beef cow and goats and chickens. Whereas, my intention is to sale at the local farmers markets and also raise beef and slaughter cows at the local market. My experience along with my husbands experience we have a combined 10 years experience. our experience is in the range of growing and harvesting tobacco, hay, and vegetables for farmers markets and sustaining the family.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Kennebec County
  • Lincoln County
  • Waldo County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Beef
  • Christmas Trees
  • Greenhouse
  • Hay/Forage
  • Nursery
  • Pasture
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

10 plus

Tillable Acres:

1 plus

Acres in Pasture:

5

Acres in Pasture:

5

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

1 to 3

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

Tractor and haying equipment along with trailers for hey removal, and any other equipment that may be required depending on the type of farm we are able to lease long term or lease with the buy option.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Yes
Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

My farming vision is to raise beef cows for slaughter to sale throughout the Maine beef market to local vendors and also at the local auction by providing quality beef to sale at the local beef auction and also raise these beef cattle to sale at the local farmers market and also to grow vegetables and from the poultry that will be raised on my farm. My vision is to is based on market research that shows that the beef industry in Maine is one of the smallest in the nation. I want to help sustain the state of Maine with quality beef that will be sold in state providing while at the same time exporting quality beef cattle throughout the US. My future goal is to create a quality farming institution that will not only provide for Maine residence it will also allow for our states Veterans to gain experience in the farming trade. By utilizing the Veterans work study and CWT work therapy programs that allows veterans to be paid while gaining valuable work experience. That will help them reintegrate back into society after serving our country. My farming vision and goals is not only to sustain or bring a new product to market my vision and goal is the continuation of service to my country by providing for my brothers and sisters of the military that I myself served honorably along with my husband for almost a two decade and a half combined.