Buying, Starting A Small Maine Farm, Dealing With Dirt.
Starting, buying a small Maine farm, you have dirt in your veins.
Maybe farming is in your background. Or just a new desire to till the dirt, grow anything, raise something on those pastures. That notion may have started from days growing up back on your grandparent’s farm spread. And you are just waiting for the right time in your life to become a Maine farmer, producer, grower.
But not like the old black and white television show Green Acres.
We’re being serious. This is not a joke, for the at home or studio audience laughter.
And a major move, for you and your family.
A big departure from your typical job description to date you have typed out on your pretty impressive resume to date.
Time to loosen up that pin stripe tie, remove the diamond cufflinks.
Unbutton that top one on the collar of your monogrammed tailored just for you dress shirt.
Two camps surround you in your Maine farm notion in the circle of old friends in your urban setting.
Those that think you are crazy with this notion of buying, running, making a living off a Maine farm. The other half excited, dreaming right along with you but stuck behind.
Not the right time or not enough support from the other half of the partnership. Who is not so peachy keen about buying a small Maine farm to spend out the rest of your days on working very long hours. To labor pretty much round the clock. Elderly parents, grandchildren, guilt causes the feet on one more than the other to drag. Into this new buy a Maine farm adventure. Or nightmare they fear.
For starters, Maine farming is a business first and foremost.
The process of buying, owning a Maine farm starts with what is the market for sales. Whether it is raising beef, horses, sheep, buffalo, chickens, goats or red deer.
Whatever the farm row crop vegetable or fruit to get to a sustainable market.
And where is that market for the Maine farm output of produce, meat, dairy, whatever you raise, grow?
Local, close to home? Or that’s a big ten four, heading down the Interstate 95 highway many hours away. Where it is bright lights, big city. (Air horn sounds twice, air brakes release, smell of diesel fuel hits you, double clutching begins.)
Overhead expenses, savings, a profit to run and just the steps to how to buy the Maine farm in the first place.
Selling your old home and the timing of that sale is what everything hinges on. Have seen inheritances put into Maine farms. Accident settlements to buy them too. And many that started out as shoe string productions. Pretty low budget but made up for what was lacking in currency with fire in your belly passion to succeed. No matter what the weather, market.How long the hours or setbacks, steep the learning curve.
On a Maine farm, the expenditure is what gets the attention because it makes the money.
Replacing a tractor with a larger, more efficient, dependable one. Not remodeling the kitchen or adding anything in the house for show or envy. Living in small town Maine is not to impress. But to survive. Working the family farm to pass on the tradition. Building on a long tradition of local Maine farming.
So starting out with an existing set of buildings, growing local produce for Maine farmers markets? Or buying the Maine farm without the buildings? And slowly fencing in that back five acre field.
Getting the shell of a house up and slow, build as you go.
The Maine farm barn being the most important centerstone diamond. In the rough patch of dirt with fields, woods, maybe a stream or pond if you are lucky surrounding the barn.
Maybe a real job at first to subsidize your getting off the ground with a Maine farm.
Something with health insurance benefits, a weekly paycheck.
To remove the wrinkles, the kinks, the how low can you go dips, valleys.
That test your resolve.
When the dream is to get a Maine farm up and running. Keep it that way during the buzz, rattle and hum.
It’s the way of life, outdoor living and increased awareness that sparks the small micro farm operation.
Not wanting to go head over heel in debt.
Collecting new calves and sunrises, sunsets experiences.
Feeling high because you got the hay in that barn before the dark thunderclouds opened up and started their down pour performance.
Or turning into the back driveway to the Maine farm that is yours, slowly built more and more substantial. As darkness arrives, with tractor lights on and glad to have that part of the day’s farming fields chores done.
Long days, but never going hungry and feeding your family is a basic desire of many. I can help you find, buy a Maine farm of any size, type. Reach out, connect, call, click to learn more abut your Maine farm that you want to own but don’t… yet.
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