The ground is 80+ acres. About 25 of that are in trees and some of that is wet. The trees are tamarack, cedar, spruce, birch, and poplar. The rest is old row crop ground in various stages of recovery after lying fallow for 15 years. No chemicals or fertilizers have been used on the land for 15+ years. I believe it would be possible to start the process of organic certification if desired upon purchase. We have about 20 acres of the property fenced. The meadows grow a significant amount of diverse pasture. For example, last year we grazed 30 sheep on about 8 acres for 6 months. When all the available pasture is put back into production, there will be about 50 acres inside the fence. A small creek runs through the back forest of the farm. This stream is the primary water drainage into a lake about 3 miles away. This year some beavers have moved in and created a series of small ponds through about five acres of the forestland. The operation we have started is perfect for the property, although there are many other directions someone could go. In about a year, we have doubled our flock of Dorper/Katahdin sheep and are looking forward to our first sale this fall. Currently, there are 55 sheep on site. We have also grown our herd of purebred Berkshire hogs from 7 to 46 over the last year. We will be selling our first pork this fall. Lastly, our flock of barred rock chickens has been free ranging without any netting or boundary fencing for about a year, and we sell eggs throughout the community. We have 35 hens and a rooster.
If a person was interested in raising pasture animals, this is an ideal situation. It will also grow cereal grains and vegetables. Other farms in the area grow apples, blueberries, dairy and of course, every sort of potato. The house has 4 bedrooms, a den, a formal dining space, kitchen, pantry, sunporch, and two bathrooms. It was built in 1920 and shows its age. The house is 2100 square feet with an unfinished basement. The property has its own well and septic. In the basement, there is a working 1500-gallon cistern that is used as part of our stock water system. It is an old house that will need to be worked on and updated in the future. That being said, it has a lot going for it. We have had a new water heater and a new metal roof installed since we moved here in the fall of 2015. We have lived through two winters very comfortably. We have only been farming now for two years. We know how hard it is to make a start, and now that we are considering selling our little farm, we would like to find a beginning farmer who will understand just how rare this sort of opportunity is. We are willing to sell the house and the 80+ acres of land for $110,000. This includes a mentoring relationship and contacts for up to a year if desired or needed. If we sell the farm, we will be moving 15 miles away to the new larger farm. If someone develops a farm plan that works around heavy snow for 4 months a year, then this is one of the last, best places in America to make it happen. In short, Northern Maine has quality soil, unlimited water, an agricultural community that understands and appreciates the small family farm, and over 9 million people within 300 miles.