Farmer Profile for Erik Van Hauer

Co-Applicant / Spouse Name

Hillary

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

I founded and operated a small CSA called Two Black Sheep CSA in South Hero from 2011-2015. We grew the business very quickly to 22 members, the maximum our small 1/2 acre vegetable plot was able to easily support. I transitioned the operations on to my business partner in 2016 to allow the time and focus to find a larger, more long-term land opportunity. While undergoing my land search, I am currently apprenticing at the Knoll Farm in Fayston - where last season I raised a small broiler flock, planted a raspberry orchard, and assisted with shepherding.

Are you currently farming?

Yes

Are you interested in connecting with other farmers to explore collocation or collaborative farm ideas?

Yes

Counties being considered

Addison
Chittenden
Franklin
Grand Isle
Lamoille
Orange
Washington

What types of enterprises are you considering?

Apple/Fruit
Berries
Flowers
Herbs
Pasture
Poultry
Sheep
Vegetables
Woodlot

Total Acres Desired

80.0

Organic

Yes

Farmhouse Needed

Doesn't matter

Which of the following arrangements are you considering?

Lease with Option to Buy
Owner-Financed Sale
Partnership
Standard Sale
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)

Have you been qualified by a lending institution? (if applicable)

Yes

Are you interested in conserved farms?

Yes

Do you have a business plan? Please write an informative description of your vision & goals for your farming future.

We believe it is dangerous to force one's own preconceived plan onto an unknown piece of land. We remain open-minded to specific business streams a given land opportunity is suited to. To that end, and to help paint a better picture of our vision, goals, and business plan, I have included three pertinent document attachments below. /// They are: 1. Our values-based goal, mission, vision statement. /// 2. Our proposal to the Vermont Land Trust's Tenney Farm (Fayston, VT) RFP. We were engaged in discussions as one of two finalist potential groups being offered the property, and ultimately the VLT engaged the other group in the sale of this property. This is an ambitious plan we designed for a specific piece of land in Vermont in 2014. /// 3. A PDF combining past Two Black Sheep marketing material examples. The CSA I owned and operated from 2011-2015.

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