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Mark Warren
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It's Official & Legal now.

Post Office just gave me the address: 714 Tar Ridge Road, Prentiss, Maine 04487

Well, not much to see at this moment ?

Pics Coming Soon

I’m a disabled Veteran & I have a Project I’m working on.

I recently purchased 12.7 acres of land in Prentiss, Maine.

I’m going to take 3 acres and set-up a compound that will act as a Hub.

The Hub will be a working Homestead & School.

My Better Half said it was OK !!!

The Northern most tip will become known as Cobb’s Corner.

OK, now 4 acres has been dedicated.

.7 acres has been taken by the Government for Right of Way’s.

That leaves 8 acres.

I’m looking for Individuals & or Couples & or Families,

that want to learn what Homesteading is from the ground up.

I don’t care if you are homeless, disabled, Veteran or not.

I have a real soft spot for Disabled Veterans who want to become Farmers.

If interested – Contact Me
 
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Congratulations Mark! That sounds like a great project. Keep us posted on how it's going and what you've accomplished. Post lots of photos. Best of luck to you!
 
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Thank You Ms. Karen.
 
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Starting Over ! What I want to build ?

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Well, finally some pictures !!!

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Basic Landing Views
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Another View
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Another View
 
Karen Donnachaidh
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Oh the possibilities!!!
So interesting that just 3 nights ago on PBS' America ReFramed they had the documentary (or some of it, I think the whole thing is an hour and a half) of Reversing the Mississippi. Factor e Farm helping in New Orleans' lower ninth ward.
I wish you much success in this journey.
 
Mark Warren
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I am not alone ! I am so thankful to be part of FVC-ME - 140 Veteran Farmers help other Veterans going forward. I am but one, with my brothers & sisters I am an army. I was able to purchase 47 fruit trees from Winter Cove Farm at 17.00 a piece. Come Fall Brian will plant them for me. Of coarse I will pay for this assistance. Heaven knows my legs don't work well enough for me to do it.
 
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Congrats! I am proud of you for calling out for the type of people that are usually left out. Really beautiful to see the emphasis on rebuilding the land and the people working it.

I like when I see Maine on the forums, only a 6 hour drive from Nova Scotia, so I feel more like you're my neighbour than anyone in Ontario or even Quebec!

So, good luck to you neighbour, here's a virtual basket of cookies from my house to yours!
 
Mark Warren
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At the present I have no door to offer you. Mid-May and the dirtwork will begin - then the well - then if all goes as I hope it does - 16' X 20 ' two story cabins - 4 of them sponsored by Farmer Veteran Coalition of Maine. Then may I request you visit and help us plan the property for tomorrow ?
 
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Congrats Mark - so glad things are moving forward Those pics look a bit like our little mud-puddle when we first arrived, minus the 5 year old brushy pioneer growth (birch, aspen/popplar, alder and sugar maple). I definitely recommend getting that slash up in piles soon (huglekultures!) so it doesn't make a mess of unrotted sunken logs everywhere you dry to stick a shovel in the ground. You've got a blank canvas going right now which is always exciting.

Any plans to bring in nitrogen fixers this year or next? The rule of thumb is usually 50% N-fixing trees and shrubs when establishing your forests and orchards, and black locusts are dirt cheap if you buy in bulk. Coldstream farm is where I've gone in the past - looks like they're out of stock for the season but you usually can't beat their prices (89 cents per 1-2ft bareroots if ordering between 100 and 499). Good firewood, grows like a weed, excellent anti-rot building material, makes good leaf-hay for goats/sheep/etc and it's one of the best N-fixing perennials for us Mainiacs

http://www.coldstreamfarm.net/categories/deciduous-trees/locust/black-locust-robinia-pseudoacacia.html

What varieties of fruits did you pick up?
 
Mark Warren
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Hello Tristan - Today I was told by the County that the roads are clear to begin dirtwork. At present I have that landing, just a little more than a football field. Dozer will be working within soon. One step at a time. Then some stump removal. When this is near completion, I will deside on issues such as additional clean fill and adjustments to my gravel road. Of coarse my pocket book will dictate what I can & cannot afford to do with this at this time.
 
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I'm a cheese maker. I can make Camembert, Blue Cheese, yogurt cheese, etc. Also, farm mechanic, outbuilding builder, tractor driver and other farm skills.
Vetsandheroes.net, Facebook john.degrazia.77
 
Mark Warren
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Hello John

How have you been doing ?

Mark
 
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Property Up-date

Gravel road improved – new culvert installed – 2’ thick gravel pad in place.

Well drilled – I haven’t decided on water pump system as of yet.

Working with Hill View Mini Barns on getting a 14’ X 40’ Insulated Garage / Shed combo.

Also working with them on a 14’ X 20’ Insulated unit to be used as a Pump House, compost toilet, walk-in tub / shower combo.

Buildings will have Black sheet metal roofs.

Hopefully Barn Red with Forrest Green Trim.

All entry & exit doors are 4’ wide. “ Allows wheel chair access. “

I now have a 12KW Onan Propane Generator.

Hoped for delivery will be Mid-November.

The group here in Maine that was a part of the FVC-ME has broken off and reformed as the United Farmer Veterans of Maine.

We now have 210 Veteran owned farms here in Maine and growing larger every day.

I guess the cabins that the FVC-ME hinted they would build are out of the question now. LOL

Blessings to everyone.
 
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