This farm itself dates to the 1880-era, at which time it is believed to have been setup as a dairy farm with stations for milking perhaps 5 -7 cows. In the years after 1929, with the establishment of the Elizabeth Arden Maine Spa called “Maine Chance” this farm served part of the overall operations for managing horses with hay and grain up until around 1966. After this, the Arden property was broken up and sold in parts (See https://bit.ly/3v9EuB1 )
During the years 1970-1984, under prior owners, the property served as an organic sheep farm with wool processing and housed the local branch of MOFGA. Since 1984 and until very recently (under the current owners), the property was utilized as an organic soil consultancy (Woods End Soil Lab) with the buildings extensively renovated for office and business use. In this time the land was used for organic farm research related to soil management and generally utilized for haying. The soil is Paxton sandy loam and rated prime farmland (USDA SSURGO).
Examples of enterprises that the owners envision as ideal use of this property are (and not necessarily limited to):
- CSA with growing, processing and distributing vegetables.
- An herb / food processing facility with ample office and bench space for drying and packaging.
- A farmstand or farm store, to market food grown on property or processed and packaged.
Between 1995 and 1999 the property enabled a successful certified organic CSA which provided vegetables and eggs to the local community. In 2009-2011 it enabled a composting operation producing MOFGA certified organic compost; some of compost was also utilized for nutrient management on all the farm fields. A part of the land served also as sponsor for a community garden serving local families during 1995-2000.
The owners’ vision for the property is to enable an agricultural operation that can fully utilize the renovated buildings and ample office space for an appropriate agricultural enterprise. It is well situated close to Augusta and Farmington Maine on a state road.