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Meeting at the Somerset County Farm Service Agency

Yesterday morning I had a meeting with Janice Ramirez at the Somerset County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) regarding my loan application, their requirements, and the process involved in government financing of the Swinging Bridge Farm. I’ve visited them 2 or 3 times before, but the representatives there are always patient and kind; they seem to truly want to help… Read more »

Change of heart! I have a Sale Agreement!

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at the orchard

I’d all but given up on the Swinging Bridge Farm, accepting it as being out of my reach and beyond my control. However, sometimes in life, good things come to us when we least expect it. I was in the process of letting it go─wrapping my head and my heart around the idea that it wasn’t meant to be. I… Read more »

Hesitation over the Swinging Bridge Farm

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sbf the house

After 12 days of agonizing back and forth negotiations with the Seller of the Swinging Bridge Farm, I learned last night that they are hesitant to make a commitment with me at this time. When I received the news last night I was at Johnny’s after hours with a few devout supporters who joined me in painting bee-themed magnets that… Read more »

Negotiations

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mushrooms on an apple tree

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting news regarding my bid for the Swinging Bridge Farm, then I am glad for the company. It has been a long week of negotiations and I had hoped to be able to post with cause for celebration, but as of this moment I cannot say if my offer will be accepted by the landowner. The… Read more »

Making an offer

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Swinging Bridge Farm was everything I’d hoped it would be and more. We have decided to make an offer on the old place, in hopes of building the Runamuk Conservation Farm there. On Friday as Paul and I made our way to 619 Middle Road to meet Leah, I couldn’t help feeling that I was being drawn there─like my spirit… Read more »

FarmRaiser launch!

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Today the Runamuk FarmRaiser gofundme campaign launches to raise funds for the down-payment on the property that will become the home of Runamuk and the pollinator conservation farm that I have long envisioned. Eeeeeeeeek! The Man Woman in the Arena I’m taking a deep breath and putting myself once more in the ring to fight for this dream. It’s both… Read more »

Miner’s Creek at the FarmRaiser Party

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miners creek

I’m pleased to announce that the Miner’s Creek Bluegrass Band will be playing at the Runamuk FarmRaiser barn party on Sunday, October 1st! You might not know this about me, but I have a strong affinity for bluegrass and folksy music. I have an eclectic taste in music, but bluegrass above all else is my favorite. I enjoy it so… Read more »

Swinging Bridge Farm

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619 middle rd

Last week there was a new listing at Realtor.com that immediately sparked my interest. We’d already seen the farmhouse during one of our drive-bys to see in person other properties on this same road in New Portland. It seems, in my area, and with my commitment to stay within my kid’s school district, the only community giving up farmland right… Read more »

Meet my real estate agent!

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leah j watkins

A couple of weeks ago this cool thing happened to me where a complete stranger contacted me out of the blue and offered her services as a real estate agent. I was surprised by the unexpected offer and a little caught off guard. Last winter as I began exploring properties once again, I contacted a local realtor to look at… Read more »

A good season

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spring honey 2017

It’s been a good season for Runamuk, all things considered. The weather has been good this year, with a good amount of rain and an equally good amount of sun. There have been a few scorchers and a few chilly nights, but all around it’s just been a decent season and farmers all over Maine have reveled in a year… Read more »