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First:

Danjo

Last:

Paluska

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Past and present farming experience:

2012, Spring+Summer - Fulltime @ Monkshood Nursery,Stuyvesant NY. Market row crops, starts, and greenhouses.
2012, Fall - 30 hrs/week @ Essex Farm, Essex NY. Full diet CSA farm. Crew member.
2013- Stone Soup Institute, Harpswell. Draft horse logging, farming, building a tiny house.
2013- 1day/week - Volunteer at Two Coves Farm, Harpswell, ME.
2014- 8 weeks apprentice @Koviashuvik, Temple ME. Offgrid homestead. Farming and building.
2015-2018 volunteering and food trading part time with Whatley farm (topsham, me)
2019-early 2020 Helping to move Turtle Rock Farm from Brunswick and reestablish in Union. Facilities, forestry, water systems, and various grunt work.
2015-present Teaching workshops in Earthen oven building, hide tanning, friction fire, basketry and other ancestral skills.

Counties being considered:
  • Androscoggin County
  • Cumberland County
  • Kennebec County
  • Knox County
  • Lincoln County
  • Oxford County
  • Sagadahoc County
  • Waldo County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Berries
  • Goats
  • Hay/Forage
  • Herbs
  • Hogs
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Sugaring
  • Woodlot
Total Acres Desired:

80

Tillable Acres:

5

Wooded acres:

55

Acres in Pasture:

15

Acres in Pasture:

15

Acres in Orchard/Fruit/Perennials:

5

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

Tractor and tillage/haymaking equipment would be great. Sawmill would be nice.

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • 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:

In general, I'm interested in something a little outside the usual single family farm model. Taking
something from the urban Limited Equity Housing Coop and applying that to a farm property(i.e.
Letterbox Farm in Hudson, NY). Looking into cohousing communities and coworking communities for
examples of shared tools and barns(i.e. Intervale in Burlington VT).
I have been taking part in the formation of a startup intentional community, the Farming Artists in Blue Hill Maine. A LLC with a cooperative structure that purchased a 137 acre plot with a loan from CFNE and has about a dozen individual acre plots that members have 99 year leases on and own their houses upon.

For the farm, there would be individual bosses/owners for vegetables, or dairy, or woodlot, etc.
I have taking a Cooperative design class and also I work with a local educational non-profit to teach rural place based skills in wild foraging, earthen building, hide tanning, and basket making.