Co-Applicant / Spouse Name
Samantha Hood Stephens
Please describe your past and/or present farming experience
Graduated from Norfolk County Agricultural HS in 1982. Worked in various agricultural enterprises after hs. Then chose a different full time career path as a police officer. However worked part-time in the construction field as a heavy equipment operator. Created a small excavation and landscape company as well as High Pine Organic Gardens in York, Maine, where I grew and marketed vegetables as well as pasture raised turkeys. This was done while still working full time as a police officer. Now about to retire as a police officer and farm full time. Have been apprenticing for John Arbuckle at Singing Pastures Farm in Newcastle, Maine since 2020 when time allows.
Are you currently farming?
Are you interested in connecting with other farmers to explore collocation or collaborative farm ideas?
Counties being considered
What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?
What other enterprises are you considering?
Total Acres Desired
Acres in Pasture
Farm Structures Needed
Which of the following arrangements are you considering?
Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a Year or More
Lease with Option to Buy
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)
Are you interested in conserved farms?
Do you have a business plan? Please write an informative description of your vision & goals for your farming future.
Business plan isn't complete yet. Looking to have a 100% grass based dairy and beef cattle and broilers and layer chickens. Utilizing MOB intensive rotational grazing such as modelled by Joel Salatin. Wooded areas for silvopasturing hogs and livestock. Regenerative farming throughout with a market garden area for vegetables and herbs as well as cut flowers. Exploring rotating grains both to market and to produce our own animal feeds. Marketing nutrient dense foods directly to the public through a farm store, online sales, CSA as well as home delivery subscription service. Samantha has extensive knowledge and experience in hospitality, explore having farm stays or farm themed B&B too.