Oaklands Farm, Gardiner ME seeks farm manager
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.
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. Full application materials including more detailed maps with field names, soil types and stewardship guidelines are available here.
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.