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First:

Dave

Last:

Kelley

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Shelby Kelley

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Past and present farming experience:

We are a small farmstead 7sing organic practices selling produvt to family and friends. We have been doing small homesteading for one year. We currently have 2 steers and heifer calf. 1 Gilt to be bred this year, and laying hens. We plan to find a farm to increase the amount of livestock we have and become certified organic using regenerative based pasture grazing management. We would like to incorporate sheep and meat birds next season. Our goal is to eventually have a micro dairy as well and produce milk, yogurt and cheese. We are currently working with SCORE for business planning and financial budgeting support. We have 2 young boys that are homeschooled and Shelby works off farm remotely. The boys are heavily involved in all aspects of the farm. We have minimal past experience but have had some mentors along the way who have taught us shearing sheep, trumming hooves, cattle management and some milking. We are interested in a property that can support pasture based livestock and the hay needed for them. Approximately 50 acres of pasture/hay with more in forest land for pigs is preferable. We are interested in conventional sale but open to working on a farm to gain more experience and lease to own it or a gradual transfer of farm assets. We would require housing for our family and willingness to have young boys around in a lease to own situation.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Franklin County
  • Hancock County
  • Kennebec County
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Oxford County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • Somerset County
  • Waldo County
  • Washington County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Beef
  • Dairy (cows)
  • Goats
  • Hay/Forage
  • Hogs
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Sugaring
Total Acres Desired:

60+

Tillable Acres:

25+

Wooded acres:

10+

Acres in Pasture:

25+

Acres in Pasture:

25+

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)
  • Storage
  • Other Housing
Equipment needed:

Hay equipment. I own a tractor.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
  • Farm Manager
  • Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
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:

Business plan is in progress. We can provide what we have so far.