central maine organic farm available
A great opportunity for the right greenhorn!
We are reaching out to the farming community to find a buyer for our farm. We are currently operating an organic farmstead dairy and creamery. We had big plans for this farm when we purchased it 4 years ago and have found that we do not have enough hours in the day to bring those plans to fruition. Our children have moved away from home and we have decided to downsize our dairy and cheesemaking operation.
The 20+/- acre property has approximately ⅔ of open land. There is a farmland easement held by Maine Farmland Trust. In addition to the 1830's New England farmhouse, the property has a new farm store, commercial kitchen & creamery with walk-in cooler, milk house, 6 cow step up parlor(can be easily converted to goats or sheep), two barns, two greenhouses and another shed for additional storage or animal housing.
Milking and processing equipment includes a DeLeval pipeline, 200 gal cheese vat, 300 gal bulk tank, 35 gal pasteurizer.
The 10 room farmhouse is 2100 sqft, with 4-5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms(one includes the 1st floor laundry). There are many updates including plumbing and electrical, new kitchen and bathrooms, flooring and fresh paint throughout.
Pittsfield is a town of about 4500 people and the farm is located just 3 miles off I-95. 40 minutes to Bangor or Augusta, 90 minutes to the coast or Portland. Excellent schools and town support for farming ventures. Our local high school is a semi-private school with international students and home of the Bossov Ballet(www.mci-school.org).
We are hoping to find someone that will operate a fruit or vegetable operation that will utilize the commercial kitchen for value added items, or a goat or sheep dairy. Maine has a strong cheese guild and many cheese makers would like to work with sheep's milk, but none is available. The farm is also suitable for a B&B with a focus on agriculture. There is high demand for lodging in the school year and through the summer, with tourists.
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