Well here they come...
He comes the farming boom of 2008. For years we have kind of lived a quiet existence here in little old Thorndike Maine, milking our cows and growing feed for them. Last month when a farmer sold out I knew things were going to change and not for the better...
Here come the Amish!!
Yesterday I was out working on my new patio and in drives two vans. I was home alone and kind of thought a mob hit was taking place as 14 oddly dressed people got out and started asking about the farm. The long and short of it is this. There are 7 Amish Family's that want to move in here and they want my farm. I was pretty nice about it, but I am very cold to strangers from away, and even more apprehensive about people that want to buy something that has been in the family since 1757. I told them I was not interested.
The problem is, other farmers are. My own Uncle is thinking about selling out. I went over to his farm right after they stopped here to tell him they were coming, but they beat me to him. He said he has a meeting with them this week and is thinking about selling out. Cows, farm, house everything. He said they are paying 2000 an acre for land that typically gets 383 per acre. Granted his farm is a lot smaller then mine land wise (300 acres roughly), but still I would never think he would sell out. In someways I think he is just playing them. His cows are his pets so I don't see him selling out, but its a lot of money, so he just might.
As I said, I won't sell out, but its funny because just last week at work we were talking about land as collateral and how it can be construed as wealth. I joked that on paper, I would be a millionaire with the land I got, but there was no way I could sell it for that much. Then these people show up. 2000 bucks an acre at 1600 acres now...that is a whole lot of zeros. Still I'm not interested in selling out, and I doubt they would want the forest ground. They kept asking how much was tillable and pasture. I only have 100 acres tillable, and 12 acres in pasture.
Anyway its just kind of funny. Instantly the land rush is on here in Maine, and I don't really relish the thought of it. (Here is a link in case you want to see my fields and what they look like. Definitely not worth 2000 bucks an acre.)
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I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"