Dan has farmed his family’s land in Sabattus his entire life.
His parents ran a dairy farm on the 91-acre property, and now Dan raises beef and lamb and sells hay. Dan always knew that he wanted to work as a farmer. He always loved tending animals, describing himself as more of an animal person than a people person, and felt that “being close to the land was important.”
“Other people might make better money but they sacrifice being outside and working with the land. Being outside makes you feel alive, and that connection to the land makes you feel your humanity.”
In 2016, Daniel Curran protected his farm using MFT’s Purchased Easement Program. “I believe that farmland needs to be saved, one way or another.”
Farmland protection takes all of us. It takes farmers like Dan Curran who have the vision, patience and determination to see that their land stays in farming and is accessible for the next generation of farmers. And it takes you– the members and supporters of Maine Farmland Trust– to help make it possible for farmers to protect their land.
Maine’s farmland is in transition. Over the next decade, over 400,000 acres of farmland could change hands as folks like Dan Curran retire. Purchasing easements to protect farmland, especially in areas with rampant development pressure, can be expensive. But if we all chip in, we can grow the future of farming in Maine, acre by acre, and ensure that we will have the farmland to feed us for decades to come.
We hope you can join us as a member during our New Member Month this July and help make this vision a reality for Maine.