BRADFORD, Maine — Adrian Pray may have sold his farm, but he is assured that the land will remain as farmland, thanks to Maine Farmland Trust.
Pray’s farm is located in the center of a large stretch of some of the best farmland in Maine, about 30 miles west of Bangor. Pray operated a dairy farm here until very recently, but he was ready to retire. With few farmers in a position to purchase 1033 acres of good land, Maine Farmland Trust stepped in-to make sure this land wasn’t lost to farming.
Since its creation in 1999, the Trust has worked with hundreds of Maine farmers and helped protect over 26,000 acres of Maine farmland. The statewide membership organization operates several programs that work with landowners so they can keep their land.
But increasingly, the Trust has also been buying farms-though never with the intention of owning them for long. The plan is to permanently protect the land with an agricultural easement, and then re-sell the property to a new farmer at a more affordable price.
According to Piotti, one of the major advantages of protecting farmland with an easement is that the land is then more affordable for new farmers. The other advantage is that the land will be forever available for agriculture, because it cannot legally be converted into house lots or a shopping mall.
For more information, call Erin at 338-6575.
Contact Name: Erin Herbig or John Piotti
Telephone Number: (207)338-6575