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First:

Alyssa

Last:

Adkins

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Nathan Broaddus

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Past and present farming experience:

We have spent the last three seasons farming on a small, borrowed piece of land. We grow a variety of vegetables that we give, donation-based, to our community, and we grow all the ingredients for our popular line of four hot sauces. Prior to these past three seasons, Alyssa has volunteered for several weeks at a time on farms around the country, worked for an urban farm for a year, and managed farmers markets in NYC for three years. Nathan spent twelve months WWOOFing in South America and France before coming back to his home in Maine and spending eight full seasons creating a permaculture-based, market-garden sized farm on his parents' land, which is where we currently grow.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Cumberland County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Row Crops
  • Vegetables
  • Woodlot
Total Acres Desired:

50 - 100

Tillable Acres:

5 - 10

Wooded acres:

40 - 90

Acres in Pasture:

N/A

Acres in Pasture:

N/A

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

N/A

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

We would prefer to find land that already has a barn and a greenhouse, however, if the land does not have these we would absolutely still consider it. We are financially prepared to invest in this infrastructure ourselves and to apply for USDA grants as well.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Yes
  • Maybe (Please send me information)
Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

Farthest Field Farm will be a gathering space for meaningful connection through farming; music, dance, and the arts; youth education; and delicious food. In our first few years of operation, we will begin to build community through a winter CSA, seedling sales, community garden plots, and by hosting outdoor music and cultural events. We will continue to grow and sell our line of hot sauces and other value-added products to help fund the farm and its future projects.

With enough wooded land, we also plan to open up the space for walking trails and camping. Future building plans include a small commercial kitchen to rent out to other local producers, as well as the true hub of the farm: a grange at which we’ll host music, dance, and arts events, as well as open up space for community organizing and youth education.

For all of these reasons, we are seeking land that is within thirty minutes of the the Greater Portland area, so that the farm and its offerings will be accessible to as many folks as possible.