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First:

Samantha

Last:

Gaboury

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Shawn Gaboury

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Past and present farming experience:

Currently running a farm on small acreage in Dayton, ME. Raising chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs and rabbits. We raise, breed and process all poultry on the farm. Please see business plan explanation below for further depth. We are a young farm but have had success and great opportunities that have come our way so far. We are looking to expand our land and enterprise while staying in Southern Maine. We are bound to have some growing pains as every business does but what we lack in experience we make up for in work ethic and drive to succeed. And just an extreme love for farming and working with our hands. If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.

Counties being considered:
  • Cumberland County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Beef
  • Dairy (cows)
  • Goats
  • Greenhouse
  • Hogs
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Row Crops
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables
  • Woodlot
Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)
  • Storage
  • Shop
  • Greenhouses
Equipment needed:

we can source our own equipment but would be open to any availability on site.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
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 a family of 7, 2 adults and 5 boys or mini farm hands. We started a small farm in Dayton, ME on 1 useable acre that we are rapidly outgrowing. We sell whole/half hogs with 3 guilts growing to be our future breedings that will be breed using artificial insemination. This will open us up to lower costs to get piglets onto the farm and allow us to expand our market from more than just meat. We will see some piglets to recoup some immediate costs and raise others to butcher size selling directly to consumer. We have made connections with multiple local food pantries that source us a huge amount of supplemental food for all our animals. We raise and process our own chickens, ducks and turkeys to sell and plan to process for the public as well but the lack the facility at this time. We Have spent the last year getting a good variety of breeding stocks for our chickens and ducks which we will sell as chicks and layers. We also raise and breed pedigreed Holland Lop dwarf bunnies. On top of these ventures we are in the process of finalizing our cottage food license to help supplement year round costs with a variety of seasonal and holiday items. This past year has been our pilot year, our learning curve and our growth. We have had profitability and success in each venture we have launched, although it has been small scale. We actively market on social media platforms, have been creating relationships with other farmers and have had success in this area as well. We are young in the world of farming but have tracked and calculated every cost for every venture we have piloted. We've done hundreds of hours of research and preparation and built every bit of our small farm with our own hands. We are creating a legacy and a future for our 5 boys who have had a hand in every single aspect of the growth of our farm. Please feel free to explore our Facebook page Eggs Plus Farm or our website http://www.eggsplusfarm.com. We have the ambition, work ethic, skill and ability to absorb knowledge needed to continue our success on a much bigger scale. We just lack the space. We are selling our large home on small land but need to move our livestock and settle somewhere before we can. Basically our business plan at this time is to do what we're doing but bigger. We are exploring all options for our farming future but if we were to lease farmland we would need a house with a large kitchen, at least 4 bedrooms and a barn minimally.