Soon after Sterling Doiron graduated from the University of Maine back in 2011 he wanted to utilize his newly acquired knowledge of Sustainable Agriculture to start his own farm operation. The barriers that most young farmers encounter such as startup capital, limited experience with farming, lack of knowledge about business planning, student loans, and need for off-farm income were the same barriers that discouraged him to move forward with the venture. More than 10 years have passed and the many life events experienced in that time, more specifically, the six years served in the military, have torn down some of those barriers which make it easier to plan and manage a farm business.
Uprooted began as a daydream and an aspiration between my wife, Kailey, and I while I was in the Air Force and she was at home. Our musings included everything from a small farm to table brewery, a co-operative, commercial kitchen, to an on-site, farm based restaurant with live music, theater, and summer camps for kids. Having grown up farming my entire life, when I separated from the Air Force I realized wouldn’t be happy without bringing at least some of these daydreams to life.
During our first season in production, we cultivated approximately 1 acre of land, created a website for sales and advertising connected to several social media platforms, and began building our local customer base. At the beginning of the season, we sold 3 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) boxes and joined the Farmington Farmers’ Market. Though not in our original plans, we also developed connections with several wholesale customers, primarily restaurants. We were also able to donate a significant amount of surplus produce to the UMaine Cooperative Extension: Harvest for Hunger Program.
In December of 2021, my wife and I purchased a home in Waldoboro and have now begun the process of relocating Uprooted LLC.