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Lisa

Last:

Burbank

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I am a certified herbalist, Master Gardener, beekeeper, and I hand-spin/weave animal fiber. The Herbal Hare is not only my email address, but the name of my blog, and a business I would like to start growing and selling herbs, herbal products—such as soaps and lotions; beeswax candles and honey, and yarns made from natural fibers. All do quite well at local fairs and fiber festivals and would bring in a healthy flow of revenue. People like knowing that what they use on their skin and in their bodies is free of harmful additives and, ask any avid knitter, yarn made from animal fiber is far superior to the cheap acrylics found in the local department stores. There would also be classes and workshops offered, “weed” walks, and herb tours.
I learned to process wool/fiber from start to finish while working at a living history museum…including shearing, plucking, scouring, and carding, as well as the aforementioned spinning and weaving. I also managed a 9000 square foot herb garden at this museum, and directed the 12-15 volunteers who helped work it, gave tours and lectures similar to what I’m hoping to offer with The Herbal Hare. That herb garden included warmth-loving spices, such as cardamom and turmeric. I have additional work experience working in a greenhouse/nursery, which is necessary for those warmth-loving spices/herbs in the northeast.
What I have in mind is to raise the animals needed to produce the natural fibers myself. I currently raise chickens and ducks, and have two “pet” Nigerian Dwarf goats. These last were “free to good home” and a good segue into raising goats as they came from a small farm where children kept them well socialized. My doctor has recommended goat’s milk for me so I would like to add a small herd of dairy goats to the mix. Any bucklings would likely be wethered and used for Leaf It to the Goats.

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:
  • Goats
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables
Organic:
  • Yes
Farm structures needed:
  • Milking Facilities
  • Barn(s)
Equipment needed:

**milking facilities for goats, not cows

Please see the attached file for equipment needs.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
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:

     My dream is The Herbal Hare Tomestead, a small farm business producing and selling herbal, apian, and handmade fiber products, goat's milk/products and second-hand books.  We would offer “weed” walks and classes on herbs and wild edibles; demonstrations on spinning and weaving; a petting zoo with the dairy goats and fiber animals we will be raising; a café serving both hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, and 1830s sides of hot slaw and pies, and multiple book “barns”, each with its own classic literature themes. All zero-waste facilities would be re-purposed sheds, carts and RV’s. 
     For the dream to be reality, I need land…and someone’s faith.
     Future plans include using the goats as part of a side business clearing land, a greenhouse for growing warmth-loving herbs and spices, and facilities for growing mushrooms and microgreens. 
I am a certified herbalist, master gardener, and former herb garden lead at Old Sturbridge Village, where I learned to spin and weave.  I have also worked at Logee’s Greenhouse in Connecticut, and am currently a librarian.