Bowsprit Foundation • 500 acres for lease, with housing • Unity (Waldo County), ME

The Land

Property owner

Other private organization (educational, religious, for-profit, etc.)

Location

92 Elwell Farm Road, Unity, ME 04988

Total number of acres available with this property

500

Acres of cropland or tillable land

150

Acres of pasture

100

Acres of forested land

250

Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

  • Drilled well

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

Barns, sheds, etc.

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

1820's built original brick farmhouse. Woodstove, combination back-up furnace w/forced air, and Rinai wall unit. All new electrical throughout. Further improvements are planned for 2024. Attached carriage house and garage (likely later vintage), both in need of repair, but usable. House could be temporary living for incoming farm family, until permanent housing becomes available. Concrete pad in place with hookups to water, electric, and septic field, for permanent 2-beds/1-bath house awaiting construction (could pull on tiny house or trailer as temporary measure, pending approval by farm managers). Second site available for new construction, anticipate 3 bed/1 bath.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

100 head stanchion barn; calf barn; pole barn on concrete loafing yard; concrete liquid manure tank awaiting conversion to a machine shop and blacksmith forge; milk room w/bulk tank etc; 2 grain silos attached to barn; basement room suitable for conversion to cheese-cave.

Is the property enrolled in a current use or other state program that affects property taxes?

Yes

Is the property protected with any type of Conservation Easement?

Yes

Easement details

Maine Farmland Trust

Is there a forest management plan for forestland on the available property?

Yes

Is the property certified organic, or does it qualify for organic certification under federal organic regulations?

Yes

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

  • Property for lease
  • Other tenure arrangement

Property for lease

Long term lease

Other tenure arrangement

Apprenticeship

Additional Information

Originally a sheep farm. Cow dairy since at least 1940's; in the same family since then up to 2019. Maine Farmland Trust purchased the farm under their Buy Protect Sell program, and Bowsprit Foundation, non-profit farm conservation with at-risk youth education focus, acquired the deed in 2023. The vision is for three or four multi-operator organic/biodynamic farms, with independent farm businesses, plenty of opportunity for collaboration and reciprocation. Youth program participants join farmers for real-life work for two week intensives, one per season. Also promoting traditional practical-skills learning and working with green-wood, wild clay, fiber, and metal. We are currently fundraising/grant-writing for a great Hall comprising a commercial kitchen, dining room, milk processing room, all available for use by resident farmers, in addition to programs. We see this farm as a valuable community resource given its lively history and the current access to the public via the Hills to Sea trail, and a notable protected section of old growth forest.

If you find any of this interesting, please let's have a conversation. We understand the project sounds complicated. But we continue to believe that this land and the potential for long term impactful work in our community will speak to others as it has for those of us already involved.

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