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First:

Harmony

Last:

Varner

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Harmony Varner

Email:

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Past and present farming experience:

I have approximately 5 years of experience working and interning on small, diversified vegetable operations. I've also worked at a family-run tomato plant nursery (three years and in research greenhouses (three years). I have a Bachelor's degree in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture from Washington State University and am currently working on a Master's degree in Soil Science.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Cumberland County
  • Kennebec County
  • Lincoln County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Berries
  • Flowers
  • Greenhouse
  • Hay/Forage
  • Herbs
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Row Crops
  • Sheep
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

5-50

Tillable Acres:

5-50

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Equipment needed:

For my forever farm, I'd need at least a barn and a house. If I start out by leasing, I'd need access to cold storage (for vegetables) with water but they wouldn't necessarily need to be on-site.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • 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:

Since I won't be completing my degree and looking seriously for land until Spring/Summer 2023, I do not currently have a formal business plan. However, my general business plan is to start out with a small variety of annual, heirloom row crops that can be market-ready in the first year. If I rent for a couple of years first I will focus on row crops and direct-market sales until I'm ready to buy. Once I've purchased land I want to practice agroforestry by intercropping fruit and nut trees with livestock (Toulouse geese and an heirloom sheep breed for fiber and milk products), continuing to produce annual row crops as well as establishing high-value perennials such as berries. I am interested in producing value-added products such as jams, sauces, and crafting supplies.