Unity Agricultural Center - Property for lease & other arrangements - Unity, ME

Posted on November 16, 2018Last updated 3 weeks ago

The Land

Property Owner:

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

Property Location:

#92 Elwell Farm Rd. Unity, Maine

Total number of acres available with this property:

301-500

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

21-50

Acres of pasture:

51-100

Acres of forested land:

151-300

Other open and/or non-farmable land

No knowledge of wetland areas in forest covered land, and no such areas in open land areas. PLEASE NOTE: Not all land listed available to any one farmer. The center will lease agreed upon parcels to independent operations based on the land. Three businesses, for example - vegetable, livestock, forest.

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

No

Is the property protected with any type of Conservation Easement?:

Yes

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

No

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

No
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

Drilled well
River/stream

Water sources details

investigating springs and possible catchment pond for irrigation purposes.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

Largely dairy infrastructure. Large stanchion barn, near 100 head; calf shed; milk room, largely functioning milking equipment.

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

1 house, occupied by prior farmer presently. 2 new houses planned; eventually 3 separate houses. apprentice cottages planned.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

milking machinery used up until spring 2018. no tractors or tillage equipment at this time.
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for rent
Other

Property for lease

long term lease options for certain parcels to be decided.
Additional Information

Description

Looking for Colleagues!
Farm Opportunity in Unity, Maine
Farm family involved in biodynamics and the Camphill movement for many years, are
seeking colleagues (families encouraged) to join a new BD agriculture venture here in
Mid Coast Maine. Our own personal focus will be growing vegetables and fruit, and the
regeneration of the farm in its entirety.
We are looking for a dairy farmer and or cheese maker, a baker and/or someone
interested in a forestry-based business to complement our vegetable operation.
Other ideas warmly welcomed.
Working with Northeast Farm Access (NEFA), we are under contract with current
owners, Maine Farmland Trust, to purchase a 480 acre farm which sits at the edge of
the hamlet of Unity, home of MOFGA (the oldest organic-certifying organization in the
country) and the annual Common Ground Fair. Unity is a rural college town with a
resident population of 2,137 people.
Our intention is to convert the old dairy farm to fully certified biodynamic
management, while conducting university-level research monitoring soil health over
the long term. With NEFA we are working to set up a multiple operator lease
arrangement w/equity building potential which will encourage colleague-ship and
foster collaboration.
We are currently in the process of registering a farm-based non-profit that will provide
development of seasonal educational / life skills programs for disadvantaged youth,
aged 16-22. Our mission is to be of value to the community by working towards local
food security and educational support of young people through experiential/hands-on
learning.
All serious inquiries welcome.
Please call Graziella Cervi at 207 342 2345 (land),
or Peter Brady at 207 801 1642 (cell).
Or email : [email protected]

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