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First:

Bill

Last:

Wardwell

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Past and present farming experience:

I am currently managing/own an organic farm which I started with my wife as new farmers. Our property was an orchard in the 1700s which was let go. It has now been restored and planted out as an experimental fruit farm, also growing nuts, mushrooms, herbs and veggies as well as raising chickens and ducks, protected by 2 LGDs. We have successfully grown 65 kinds of fruits and need to find more land to expand. I am a strong supporter and advocate for improving food security in New England and have selected 5 fruits and 2 nuts for larger scale production on 20-50 acres. I have developed a business plan but cannot move forward without reasonably priced open land. Many parts of Maine have perfect growing conditions and great soils. The ideal land for us is old farm fields which remain open with surrounding woods for orchard protection from winds. We can utilize rolling hills and less-than-ideal terrain as well as some periodically wet soil, although most of our operation requires well-drained soils. Ideally a barn would exist for storage and working with protection from the weather. I do not require housing now but would need minimal housing for working periods. Some water source is ideal.

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

10-50 open fields with surrounding woods is ideal

Tillable Acres:

any

Wooded acres:

any amount

Acres in Pasture:

10+

Acres in Pasture:

10+

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

any

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

none

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual 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:

yes, 20-50 acres of commercial fruit and nut production