We got word from Nancy Chandler that her 50-acre farm in Monmouth, ME is up for sale. Here’s her listing:
I have a great opportunity for a new farmer to buy an established vegetable, berry, and/ or pastured livestock farm in Monmouth. This ex dairy farm would make a great meat goat, chicken, or sheep operation, with the possibility of more adjacent pasture or hay lands leased. It could also provide a quick startup for up to 10 acres of vegetable and row crop production, fruit trees or nursery plants. This is a great opportunity for experienced farmers who have access to capital for a 50 acre farm, with 10 acres of rock free, fertile hay or crop land, a 5 bedroom 2300 square foot farmhouse, which includes 2 separate living areas, 3 dairy barns, 6 acre pasture, and 20 acres forest. Chip and Nancy Chandler ran organically certified Phoenix Farm from 2005 through 2013, growing berries, 4 acres of vegetables, cover crops, hay, and cut flowers.We built a solar & wood heated greenhouse into the barn, and added a 70ft by 30 ft, 2 ply poly high tunnel. The farm is leased thru April to another organic farmer, who has put in 1 acre of fencing and pens for goats, built a walk in cooler, and kept the 4000 square foot dairy barn, and smaller hay barns in good repair.
To see my farm pictures and description, please go to the Maine Farmlink listing, http://www.mainefarmlink.org/archives/8035. The farm address is 191 South Monmouth Rd, Monmouth, Me, 14 miles north of Lewiston/Auburn, the second biggest urban center in Maine, and 7 miles from the Maine turnpike, 1 hour to Portland. Please email me questions at NChandler51@comcast.net, or call(207)389-1474 to discuss this property.
For 10 years on 4 acres I have brought the ph and soil fertility up to good levels, increased organic matter, reduced perennial grasses and annual weeds, and established high bush blueberries, elderberry, rhubarb, and raspberry plantings. We have upgraded all essential house structure, heating, waste disposal and energy efficiency on the large farmhouse, and maintained the barns of this old dairy farm.
The soils are completely rock free, ph at 6 or above, organic matter 5 to 6%, and fertility highest on 3 1/2 acres of crop land, certified organic from 2005 thru 2012, with 6 hay acres that could yield productive row crops. Established raspberry plantings have yielded 400 pints per season, 15 elderberry bushes are prolific, and 30 high bush blueberry plants are coming into full production. I have implemented an NRCS conservation plan to vegetate the stream bank, increase field nesting birds, prevent field erosion, improve soil fertility and stream quality, & increase pollinators. Seven acres of pasture are bordered by a great firewood lot, of 20 to 40 year old mixed hardwoods, pine, hemlock, and spruce. The house is energy efficient, with double pane windows, new roof,new interior and exterior paint, furnace and septic system, with all lead paint and asbestos insulation removed, and a 10 year old well.
The farm price is $245,000 without equipment, or $258,000 with a 15 year old TAFE tractor with front loader, discs, plow, chains, bean/corn seeder, and FarmAll C with two directional plows and weeding sweeps. Hand equipment includes a field mower, microseeder, and cover crop spreader.
Marketing opportunities include an established, full season 25 person CSA(40 in the past), farmer markets in Winthrop, Lewiston, Augusta, Bowdoinham and Brunswick, senior farmshare, 2 small Manchester stores, CSA at a doctors office in Augusta, and wholesale to schools, hospital, Crown of Maine, and Food and Medicine in Brewer.