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First:

Sue

Last:

Lanpher

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

FarmLink Coordinator

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Past and present farming experience:

We began farming in 2009 and moved home to Maine to start our own farm two years later. Since then, we have owned and operated our own financially successful, MOFGA-certified organic farm on leased land. We grow 5-10 acres of produce every year, which we wholesale year-round to accounts in New England. Farming has been our sole source of income for the last 8 years.
We are financially prepared and eager to purchase our own land. We have a robust business plan and we are pre-approved by our local bank for a mortgage to purchase the land and infrastructure we need. While we are poised to grow the business, we can pay the mortgage without any growth. Owning farmland will allow us to expand our farm business to satisfy unmet demand from our established customers, take on new customers, increase our soil stewardship practices, and provide permanent housing for ourselves.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Cumberland County
  • Oxford County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

30+

Tillable Acres:

30+

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Yes
Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

We have a robust business plan that we have built over the past decade with technical support from inside and outside the farming community. Over the last ten years, we have developed strong relationships with a range of customers across the food system in New England, from retailers, to distributors, to food security organizations. This has allowed us to nearly eliminate waste/unsold product since we plant specifically what our customers commit to purchase from us each season. We have added new customers every year and demand from our current customers exceeds our production capacity due to our limited land base. Purchasing farmland will allow us invest in permanent infrastructure in order to better meet demand from our customers, add new customers, improve our soil stewardship practices, and give us (the owners/operators) a permanent home.
Our business plan focuses on selling a few specific fresh market crops that we have cultivated a strong customer base for over the last ten years. All of our produce is sold through wholesale outlets in New England and we will keep all of our current customers by relocating only within a reasonable distance of our wholesale distribution hubs. In 2020, we received a Federal grant to help us upgrade our marketing, giving us an even stronger edge in retaining current customers, as well as attracting new ones. On the production side of our business, so many years operating on leased land, without a mortgage, allowed us to invest in modern equipment that is scale-appropriate and allows us to successfully operate our farm with a team of just three: the two farmer-owners and one full-time year-round assistant manager, thereby keeping staffing costs per unit of production far below the industry standard. We look forward to building on our decade of success as we move the business to land we own.