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Kirsten Lie-Nielsen and Patrick Jackson moved to this 93 acre rural farm in 2016, when it was overgrown and abandoned.  Since then the two of them have rebuilt the farm to house their livestock, added plumbing and electricity to the renovated home, and cultivated gardens and orchards on the property.  From outdoor showers in January and growing thriving vegetables to creating the perfect chicken coop and using pigs to clear land, they are dedicated not only to restoring this farm but also to sharing their experiences for those interested in a similar lifestyle.


At Hostile Valley Farm goats, geese, pigs, sheep, guinea fowl, and more work together to manage pests and help the land flourish.  The animals are also used for eggs, milk, and fleece, but their primary purpose is to help regenerate the land.  Vegetable gardens and orchards are growing, and the farm is able to produce all the food it needs to survive harsh Maine winters.  


Kirsten Lie-Nielsen is also a writer and author of the books The Modern Homesteader’s Guide to Keeping Geese and So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader.  She is available for speaking and educational events or interviews regarding either title and the farm’s continuing journey.


The farmers can be reached via email at


Please note that the farm is not open to the public at this time.  

Farmers in Barn Door
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