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First:

Kirsten

Last:

Anderson

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Bruce Bickford

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Past and present farming experience:

We currently own and operate Abenaki Springs Farm in Walpole, New Hampshire. We grow a wide variety of diversified organic vegetables, berries, and flowers. We sell our product through a CSA, two farmers markets, some wholesale, and a small road side stand. We grow roughly 5-7 acres of vegetables and berries. We also raise pastured poultry (chickens and turkeys) as well as raise a few pigs each year.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Aroostook County
  • Cumberland County
  • Kennebec County
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Waldo County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Berries
  • Flowers
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Poultry
  • Row Crops
  • Sugaring
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

10-100

Tillable Acres:

5-15

Wooded acres:

5-10

Acres in Pasture:

5-10

Acres in Pasture:

5-10

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

1

Organic:
  • Yes
Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)
  • Storage
  • Shop
  • Greenhouses
  • Other Housing
Equipment needed:

Equipment may or may not be necessary, as we have much of our own.

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)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Farm Manager
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 business plan for our current farm. We are currently looking to relocate to coastal Maine if/when the right opportunity presents itself. Ideally we are looking for an established farm that is interested in transferring owners, whether that be through a standard sale or an eventual lease-to-buy situation. We would like to continue growing diversified organic produce and berries, as well as continue to raise pastured poultry. Our goal is to be able to make a sustainable living for our family while tending to the earth.