Oaklands Farm - 137 acres for lease/other, with housing - Gardiner, ME

Posted on March 29, 2020Last updated 3 months ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Other

Property Location:

116 Oaklands Farm Rd, Gardiner, Maine

Total number of acres available with this property:

137.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

106.0

Acres of pasture:

31.0

Acres of forested land:

0.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land

N/A

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?:

No

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

Yes
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

Drilled well
Town/municipal water

Water sources details

House & main barns use municipal water. Hoop barn uses a private drilled well.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

30'x50' cattle barn w/ attached 20'x30' shed on concrete pad with 2 frost-free waterers; adjacent 36'x40' manure pit; 80'x35' hay storage barn w/attached 30'x40' metal storage structure; large equipment barn and well-equipped repair shop; 30'x72' hoop barn w/concrete floor and drilled well; permanent fencing around 31 acres of pasture.

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

Farmhouse with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen w/new cabinets, living room, dining room, attached 2-story barn w/mudroom connector; large yard and surrounding pasture

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

3 diesel tractors (International 966, Case International 885 w/loader & bale hugger, and New Holland 3040 w/loader and bale spear); New Idea mower-conditioner; rake; tedder; New Holland round and square balers; hydraulic bale wrapper; hay wagons; bushhog; scraper blade; manure spreader; and rototiller
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Other

Other tenure arrangement

A one-year trial period as an employee of existing business in exchange for housing; followed (if trial period is successful) by assuming management of business under yearly operating plan approved by owners and long-term lease from trust. Arrangement includes opportunity to expand business or add new enterprises within basic constraints of land stewardship guidelines and best management practices and to earn an equity stake in the business. Business has an excellent location, stable customers and significant goodwill
Additional Information

Description

The owners of Oaklands Farm seek an enterprising farmer or farming couple to manage an established grass-fed beef and forage business in central Maine. The property, owned by a family trust, is located 4 miles from I-95, 50 miles north of Portland and 35 miles from midcoast, in a community with a small downtown, food co-op, restaurants, and cultural opportunities.  

The farmland is best suited to growing grass and raising livestock. The current business consists of a grass-fed cattle operation with 12 brood cows and calves (Hereford-Angus crosses) and 12 yearlings as of spring 2020; a well-established customer base for retail and wholesale sales; production of forages (wrapped bales and dry hay, both round and square bales) for sale and cattle consumption; and land, buildings and equipment as described above. 

Opportunities include:  a one-year trial period as an employee of existing business in exchange for housing; followed (if trial period is successful) by assuming management of business under yearly operating plan approved by owners and long-term lease from trust. Arrangement includes opportunity to expand business or add new enterprises within basic constraints of land stewardship guidelines and best management practices and to earn an equity stake in the business. Business has an excellent location, stable customers and significant goodwill.

Applicants must have 3-5 years of experience with livestock farming and operating farm equipment. A Letter of Interest should include: (1) a resume detailing farming experience and skills in the following areas: raising/handling livestock; soil management and raising forage crops; operation and care of farm equipment; marketing; business practices, record keeping, and finance; and (2) a one-page statement describing your vision for a farm that utilizes the assets described above while stewarding the land in a sustainable manner.

Full application materials including more detailed maps with field names, soil types and stewardship guidelines are available here

To apply, send the above materials by April 30th to:  [email protected] using the heading "Oaklands Farm Search."  Applicants who are selected for interviews will be notified by email and will receive additional information regarding the specifics of the situation.

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