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First:

Kyle

Last:

DePietro

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Angela Trombley

Email:

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Past and present farming experience:

Angie and I have been farming mixed produce, herbs, and fruit on Westport Island for almost 20 years since 2003 as Tarbox Farm. We have been certified organic since 2005. After our first year farming we started selling directly to local farmers markets including Damariscotta, Boothbay, Brunswick, and Bath. Today we focus on one market in Bath which we attend year round. We have also been supplying the Rising Tide Co-Op in Damariscotta since 2004 year round. We lease our current property where we manage 40 acres and cultivate about nine acres. Of those nine acres we have been experimenting with a no-till market garden on about an acre. We also have four greenhouses which we grow in year round. We keep a very clean farm and consider ourselves stewards of the land we lease. In 2018 we also built a brewery on our farm. Sasanoa Brewing is the first MOFGA certified brewery in the state. We focus on belgian farmhouse ales which use mostly Maine grown organic grains as well as fruit and herbal adjuncts grown on our farm including hops, ginger, lime basil, blueberries, grapes, strawberries, rhubarb and more. Our website www.tarboxfarm.com and social media sites have lots of pictures of our fields, markets, and crops as well as our family.

Counties being considered:
  • Kennebec County
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • Waldo County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Berries
  • Flowers
  • Grains
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Row Crops
  • Sugaring
  • Vegetables
  • Woodlot
Total Acres Desired:

60

Tillable Acres:

20

Wooded acres:

30

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

10

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)
  • Greenhouses
Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
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 are an established produce operation and have been farming full time for 18 years. Each year we continue to invest in the land we lease. Investments include a well, power installation, cabin, buildings and building renovations, greenhouses, septic, woodlot maintenance, etc. To grow we want to continue to invest but want to do so on property we own. Future builds we want to do on property we own include several year round greenhouses, wash/pack building, cooler storage, orchard, and vineyard. We hope to find something close to our current operation so we can maintain our markets and still farm the land we lease while we put our investment capital into building orchards and greenhouses on property we own.