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Old 01-11-2009, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Got any fiddleheads?

I harvest 100 pounds each spring at $4/pound. We blanch them, vacuum seal and freeze them. Then offer for sale year around.

You can not support anyone on fiddleheads. I see guys who have a team of pickers out harvesting. It is hard work, but a very short season.

On the other hand if you have a market stall, you need a bunch of things to display on your stall. Fiddleheads make a good item.

Add honey or maple sugar, eggs, garlic and onions.

But is all goes onto a Schedule 'F'.
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Old 01-11-2009, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Virginia (soon Ellsworth)
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will have to wait until we settle in Miane year round.
not sure about fiddleheads, but on our forest management plan, the forester indicated that land have been used for blueberry productions in the past, bushes are plentiful in many area.
market stall would be perfect for us, our land is on Bangor road, a lot of cars past by daily.

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Got any fiddleheads?

I harvest 100 pounds each spring at $4/pound. We blanch them, vacuum seal and freeze them. Then offer for sale year around.

You can not support anyone on fiddleheads. I see guys who have a team of pickers out harvesting. It is hard work, but a very short season.

On the other hand if you have a market stall, you need a bunch of things to display on your stall. Fiddleheads make a good item.

Add honey or maple sugar, eggs, garlic and onions.

But is all goes onto a Schedule 'F'.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:11 PM
 
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Default tax breaks for farmers

IN CALIFORNIA I am told that that there is a tax break for FARMERS WHO GROW ON 5.5 ACRES OR MORE - WHAT IS IT. ? IS IT A BREAK ON PROPERTY TAXES OR WHAT?
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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IN CALIFORNIA I am told that that there is a tax break for FARMERS WHO GROW ON 5.5 ACRES OR MORE - WHAT IS IT. ? IS IT A BREAK ON PROPERTY TAXES OR WHAT?
I imagine that is it strictly a property tax issue.

In this state there is a property tax program for farms. It's criteria focuses on Gross sales per acre and requires a certain minimum acreage.

Organic farms clear more than enough to qualify for the program, but because they are 'intensive' they rarely have enough acreage to qualify.

Conventional farms usually have plenty of acreage, but rarely have enough gross sales to qualify.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Also, some states have a lower property assessment for working farmlands, especially if it's enrolled in an Ag Preservation program. MD has that and one for forestlands, also.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Also, some states have a lower property assessment for working farmlands, especially if it's enrolled in an Ag Preservation program. MD has that and one for forestlands, also.
Yes.

Often a 10 acre minimum lot size, and $2,000 per acre gross sales requirement.

Many organic operations fail the minimum parcel size.

In conventional farming it is not always possible to clear the minimum per-acre gross sales requirement [can not do it with hay or cattle].
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:52 AM
 
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In Minnesota, there also is a program called.....Green Acres

If enrolled, your farm is taxed on it's ag value and not on the value it might bring for developement.

However, with ag land prices skyrocketing , it no longer is that big of a deal unless one has very poor farmland and is located very close to a city.
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Not on the same page as most
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After being out here for almost three years, I have to say that Schedule F is a godsend. Pray for rain for us here in Missouri!
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Interior AK
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An acre is 640' x 640'.
An acre is 43,560 sq ft., roughly 208' x 208'.

A regulation NFL football field (360' x 160'), including endzones, is a little larger than 1.3 acres.

640' x 640' would be a smidge over 9.4 acres.
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