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First:

Tara

Last:

Ambrose

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Wade Ambrose

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Past and present farming experience:

Tara was a MOFGA farm apprentice in the past, and the family currently lives in a tiny house on wheels they built, on an organic 100 acre beef and sheep farm in Waldo County. We have grown personal vegetable gardens most years, and planted and harvested blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, asparagus and fruit trees. We've utilized a greenhouse for shoulder crops. We currently have a flock of chickens and sell eggs. We have also raised turkeys. We have run farm and forest camps for children in the past and intend to do so again, giving children and families an immersive experience in nature and sustainable living skills.

Counties being considered:
  • Knox County
  • Waldo County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Beef
  • Berries
  • Flowers
  • Goats
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Hogs
  • Horses
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Sugaring
  • Vegetables
  • Woodlot
Total Acres Desired:

75+

Tillable Acres:

2+

Wooded acres:

20+

Acres in Pasture:

10+

Acres in Pasture:

10+

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

1+

Organic:
  • Yes
  • Doesn't matter
Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)
  • Storage
  • Shop
  • Greenhouses
Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • 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:
  • Yes
  • Maybe (Please send me information)
Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

Our goal is to create sustainable and affordable housing and food supply in our local community. We plan to accomplish this goal by creating an intentional community of a small group of people who cooperatively own the property. Often individual farmers work so hard they feel overwhelmed and overworked. We plan to run a farm collectively so food gets raised and people can also take time away for other needs and interests. There will be various roles in the community, including farming. Many people will contribute to raising food and caring for animals, while some folks will be primarily focused on this. We are committed to regenerative organic practices and to preserving farmland forever. It's also true that many people who would be capable farmers can't afford to purchase land. We intend to provide a place for one of those folks, or perhaps a PFAS affected farmer who needs to move, to land. We have included the link to our project that provides greater detail of what we are envisioning. https://www.ic.org/directory/bright-oak-collective/

We are capable of converting areas into farming land, pastures, and building additional structures, so our basic needs are land and a farmhouse. Any starting infrastructure is a bonus for us.

https://www.ic.org/directory/bright-oak-collective/