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First:

David

Last:

Noriega

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Gina Morra

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Past and present farming experience:

I’m David Noriega and I have been farming for 8 years now starting in my parents back yard at age 19. After a couple years gardening and a trip to South America I decided to farm full time and started working on an 18 acre farm in my home town serving a 200+ member CSA, whole sale accounts all over Long Island and NYC and an on-site farm stand. After 2 years there I went on to manage a farm which was located on a NYS park and there I managed 3 acres in cultivated space, a 120 member csa and a on-site farm stand. After 1 season there we moved to Maine and I managed Frith Farm in Scarborough, ME which is a 3 acre no till intensive vegetable farm growing for 250 csa members, on site farm store, farmers markets and whole sale accounts. I did one season and while there we found a great opportunity to potentially take over an older couples farm in Blue Hill, ME. At Clayfield farm we started a 40+ csa membership, a farm stand in town and sold to the local coop and had an incredible season. Things fell through recently and we are back to square one in our search for land and a place to call home. We would love to stay in the Blue Hill area because we have built a strong supportive community here. I am also an avid seed saver and I make all my own homemade fertilizers/extracts/compost teas. My partner Gina is an incredible connector and business woman. She will be physically involved with the farm helping in the field occasionally but her main focus will be running the business side of the farm. Together we make an incredible team!

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
  • Flowers
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

5 acres minimum

Tillable Acres:

2 acres

Acres in Pasture:

1

Acres in Pasture:

1

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

1

Organic:
  • Yes
Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)
  • Storage
Equipment needed:

We have 2 50 ft greenhouses, all irrigation lines/sprinklers, seeds, potting soil, all hand tools, pre and post harvest crates, silage tarps, wheel hoe. We have everything we need to get started. We would either rent, hire or borrow a neighbors tractor to break ground. We may eventually get a small tractor to turn compost and move pallets but it’s not needed right away.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Partnership
  • Joint Venture with eventual 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:

Yes I do have a written out business plan that I can share but I’ll share a brief idea here. Our vision is to create a small scale, no till vegetable farm using practices that we are proud of. To steward the land with love and our best intention while also being a viable business serving our local community with fresh and local food. We would start slow and work on the side for most likely a year to prepare for the following season getting plots made, necessary infrastructure built and marketing our farm. My partner is a yoga teacher and we run yoga retreats together. I am a carpenter and have my own handyman business and work for other carpenters on the side. We envision vegetable production starting on a half acre and growing to eventually be no larger then 2 acres. We will be using very little machinery, planting intensively and intercropping which will allow us to make effective use of the space we have in cultivation. On top of the vegetable production we plan on growing and selling fresh cut flowers, herbs, and planting a small orchard. We will also be integrating animals onto the farm raising pastured chicken for meat/eggs and having goats or other animals for compost making. All animal ventures would be mostly for personal consumption and for meeting some of our fertility needs on the farm with the manure. We see ourselves close enough to a relatively populated area where people can come to the farm to pick up csa shares, visit our farm store, take yoga classes, work shops and events. We see our space as a place for the community to gather often. We would also plan to sell some of our products whole sale and at the local farmers market. With all that being said land is extremely expensive next to areas like this so we are not opposed to being more rural and selling mostly whole sale, farmers markets and pre packed/delivered CSAs. We are flexible and can adjust to each scenario well. If we were a bit more rural we would like to set up hip camps/ air bnb structures to bring in more revenue to the farm and create a really awesome experience for people who come visit the farm. We would also plan on being able to house some apprentices each year and would eventually want to employ a small crew each season when I can afford to pay well. Till then it will be mainly us in the beginning stages of getting the farm up and running. We plan on working hard and being financially successful but our most important goals are to live a life we love, a life that gives us purpose and to provide a good life for our daughter.