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First:

Amy

Last:

Sidran

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Gregory Bender

Email:

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Past and present farming experience:

I have a diverse background in farming. I began my farming career on Martha's Vineyard as a farm worker on a diversified vegetable farm. I worked in the fields, the market store, and ended up managing the 1 acre herb garden for the season. The next year I returned to MV as a farm worker on a 20 acre mixed vegetable farm. There we sold produce at the farmer's market, delivered to local markets, and had a 200 member CSA. I then graduated from college, UMass Amherst, and went into the Peace Corps as an Ag. Extension volunteer. I worked on small farmers and with small farmers to diversify their production and decrease use of pesticides/insecticides. I returned to the United States and was an intern with John Jeavons of Ecology Action in CA. This was a 1 acre diversified educational farm. I then moved to New York and was an Asst. Farm Manager on a 20 acre diversified vegetable farm. We had over 50 types of crops and distributed to a CSA and to the community where we lived which was a living center for those with developmental disabilities. After this I returned to the west coast to settle in Eugene, OR. While there earning my Masters in Teaching I was an Asst. Manager on a 1 acre diversified vegetable farm. After finishing my degree I moved to Portland, Oregon and began teaching at high school in SW WA. I created a horticulture program and small farm at the HS I worked at. I ran a commercial greenhouse and 1 acre market garden for the school. All of these farming experiences were on small diversified farms that were either organic, biodynamic, or a combination of regenerative practices. My husband and I bought 2.5 acres in SW WA where we had a small vegetable farm, chickens, pigs, and a fruit orchard. We sold to local restaurants and to a weekly subscription. We sold eggs and slaughtered our pigs at home.,
I am now in Connecticut as the Farm Ed. Coordinator at the Hotchkiss school but last winter our farm manager left and I took over as interim farm manager for 4 months. We have a 280 farm but cultivate around 3 acres including high tunnels, chickens, pigs, and an orchard.

Counties being considered:
  • Aroostook County
  • Franklin County
  • Hancock County
  • Kennebec County
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Oxford County
  • Penobscot County
  • Piscataquis County
  • Somerset County
  • Waldo County
  • Washington County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Berries
  • Flowers
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Nursery
  • Poultry
  • Row Crops
  • Sugaring
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

25-100

Tillable Acres:

1-3

Wooded acres:

20-100

Acres in Pasture:

1-5

Acres in Pasture:

1-5

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

1-2

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

Riding mower
Small tractor

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
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 do not have a concrete business plan yet. Our future farming goals are to have a 1 acre market garden and educational farm. We would like to diversify the property with permaculture aspects such as food forests (orchard) and native plants. We plan to raise and sell animals such as chickens and pigs. We want to host guests and lead educational programming about small ecological farming practices, soil health and management, and native plants.