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First:

Lauren

Last:

Mapes

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Shaun Hamilton

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Past and present farming experience:

Shaun came to Maine to work on farms through the MOFGA apprenticeship program. After spending two seasons working on a certified organic, diversified farm, he spent a season working in Massachusetts on a farm. He decided to return to Maine and has spent the past three years working hourly on a certified organic produce farm. Similarly, Lauren came to Maine to work on a diversified farm and spent two seasons working there. After those two years she has worked hourly for three seasons on a certified organic produce farm.

Counties being considered:
  • Penobscot County
  • Somerset County
  • Waldo County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

10-35

Tillable Acres:

5

Wooded acres:

7-35

Acres in Pasture:

7

Acres in Pasture:

7

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

0

Organic:
  • Yes
  • Doesn't matter
Equipment needed:

The farming equipment we plan on purchasing would be a tillage tractor and implements, constructing a packing shed with refrigeration, and well.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
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:

We are currently working on our business plan. Our vision for farming to grow diversified produce to sell direct-to-consumers. We envision the majority of our sales coming from farmer’s markets. The produce we grow would be certified organic. Our goal is to farm for the spring and summer seasons. The fall and winter we would be working off farm. It is our intention to have the land also provide space to have livestock we raised for ourselves. Given the right property we would like to try growing beans and grains to sell as well. This would be dependent on the size of the land we found and the room we had.