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HI, Im 28 living in central mass (fitchburg)..and ive got to get out.!i grew up in phillipston a small wooded town, where we had acres and it was wonderful. my family moved here when i was 19 (couldnt afford house any longer) I want to be part of a community and help it grow, which i cant do here it seems. I would love to own a farm in Maine. I have saved for years hoping someday ill make it out. I have done lots of research on soil and micro organisms and am good at growing all types of plants. I just feel like im lost in the day to day struggle here. Looking for a way to meet people in Maine to give me more experience and knowledge on owning and running a farm. Trying to find cheap land and housing is not easy. Need some kind of connections. Thanks Alex
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The Common Ground Fair
The best agricultural fair I have ever been to is in Unity Maine. It is in September and has all sorts of speakers and workshops. There are all sort people to meet and network with. Camp up there for the weekend and enjoy.

Search for Permaculture Meet up groups in Maine and start attending stuff. NH has 2 groups and I have enjoyed the events I have attended.

Can you do what you are doing for a living in Maine? If so start looking for a job and move. Even if it is not the part of the state you want to be in go for it. It is not easy to find work in Maine so finding employment will be important.

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Hi Al,

Got any restaurant experience? My husband and I run a small cafe in the Belfast area, and we'll be hiring for the summer here pretty soon - having a summer job somewhere is always a good way to get a foot in the door and meet folks, and I always prefer to hire people who I don't have to come along behind and pick plastic out of the compost buckets... We cook breakfast & lunch as well as baking artisan breads (retail and wholesale, hopefully some farmer's markets this year too if we can find the trustworthy warm bodies to attend them!). It's all from scratch and as local as we can get it. Much of our produce is organic, though we rarely advertise that - we're meeting people where they're at and showing that local, organic, and delicious doesn't have to break the bank, and isn't just for left coast types (we serve a lot of tradesmen and farmers, people with mud on their boots who work hard for a living and need serious feeding - people for whom Organic is often a dirty word. What can I say, I'm a subversive at heart.)

While we are primarily looking for part-time seasonal help, we work closely with several local farms who are constantly trying to poach my employees for farm interns and day labor - opportunities can be truly abundant for people who show up on time, work hard, and don't mind getting dirty in the course of a day's work. There are several farms in the area that rent tent sites by the month for a very reasonable rate (sometimes under $100 per month with bathroom and laundry privileges, easily the best rent around in the summer), and it's highly likely that myself, my husband, and our two full-time staff (who are also good friends and active permie-farmy people) will be buying a few acres in town come the thaw, in which case we'd probably have space for another tent at least. Our town is small, walkable, and beautiful with much to recommend it. There's even a nascent community of like-minded younger folks stranded here in the midst of Retiree Paradise, but we're growing and getting more organized (fairs, contra dances, knitting nights, game nights, bonfires, sailing groups, hikes and permablitzes and all sorts of stuff) and we are always looking for new recruits to Maine...

If it sounds like something you'd maybe be interested in, check us out at Searsportcafe.com or send a resume to coastalcafeandbakery@gmail.com. Otherwise, I'll also second the recommendation to check out the MOFGA site and forums - their farm internship programs are amazing, though not always well-set-up for people with families or other preexisting obligations. Common Ground is amazing, and well worth the trip for its own sake. (Our cafe is about a half hours' trip from their facility, which has incredible teaching programs open to the public all year long)
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Howdy Al, welcome to permies!
If you haven't already, you might want to take a look at some of the posts in this forum.

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