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First:

Jennifer

Last:

Snyder

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Jennifer C Snyder

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Past and present farming experience:

My husband's family had large farms in Indiana and we are looking to start our own farm with around 50 acres and grow.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Cumberland County
  • Franklin County
  • Kennebec County
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Oxford County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • Somerset County
  • Waldo County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Berries
  • Flowers
  • Goats
  • Greenhouse
  • Hay/Forage
  • Herbs
  • Horses
  • Livestock
  • Poultry
  • Row Crops
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables
  • Woodlot
Total Acres Desired:

20-50

Tillable Acres:

15

Wooded acres:

20

Acres in Pasture:

10

Acres in Pasture:

10

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

15

Organic:
  • Yes
  • Doesn't matter
Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
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:

Farm business plan: Our vision is to start a small farm that we can grow with family, friends, and farmers over time. I envision buying farmland that we can slowly develop over a 5-year business plan. Starting with some fields in place would be ideal and a mixture of farm and forest. We found a good-fit property in New Hampshire, but are trying to stay in Maine if possible as we have friends, family, and more business connections in Maine. We have a farm manager in mind to help with the day-to-day operations of the farm and will have weekly meetings to discuss progress. My husband attorney JacobSnyder will help to ensure everything is set up properly from a business and tax perspective. With my MBA and background in sales and marketing, I will work on developing deeper connections with restaurant owners, local farmers, and members of the community to understand the farming needs of the community and help to fill gaps with locally sourced produce and goods.

We plan to have multiple income streams from the farm.
We would like to invest in alpaca for fiber, goats for milk, cheese, and soap, mushrooms, and specialty crops for local restaurants. We would also like to have a farmstand. Eventually, I would like to open a bar/restaurant that features local food, music, and art.
We also have a business partner that trains horses that would like to have a barn and 5 acres for the horses to train along with trails for them through the wooded part of the land.

Having water frontage and access to a river is pretty key to our vision, we would also consider a lake. We want to be able to fish, kayak, and potentially have cabins and host craft fairs and farm events.

Ideally, we are looking at staying within 2 hours of Beverly Massachusetts, and joining farmers' markets on the North Shore where we have strong connections to the community.