Farmer Profile for Helen Korzec

Co-Applicant / Spouse Name

Corey Freeland

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

I grew up on a small farm in Central Massachusetts, and after obtaining my Bachelors Degree in Dairy Science with a minor in Agribusiness I moved to the Ithaca NY area and got a herdsman position on a 5,000 cow dairy farm. On the farm I was in charge of protocol management, herd health, and fresh cow care; while there I was able to learn business dynamics and excellent herd health skills. I attended Cornell in pursuit of graduate studies in Animal Science, and mostly worked with the microbiology and mastitis management. At Cornell I became interested in preventative medicine which sparked my interest in organic farming, so I found a job managing a small organic farm. My partner is also from an agricultural upbringing and studied agribusiness and livestock. He as well is from a conventional farming background and has extensive knowledge of crop production, animal care, pasture management, and equipment operation and mechanics.

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
Bennington
Caledonia
Chittenden
Essex
Franklin
Grand Isle
Lamoille
Orange
Orleans
Rutland
Washington
Windham
Windsor

What types of enterprises are you considering?

Apple/Fruit
Beef
Dairy (cows)
Goats
Greenhouse
Hay/Forage
Hogs
Livestock
Pasture
Poultry
Sheep
Vegetables

Total Acres Desired

200.0

Tillable Acres

150.0

Forested Acres

30.0

Acres in Pasture

50.0

Organic

Yes

Farm Structures Needed

Barn(s)
Milking Facilities
Other Housing
Shop
Storage

Farmhouse Needed

Yes

Equipment Needed

Bucket tractor, hay equipment would be a plus.

Which of the following arrangements are you considering?

Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a Year or More
Farm Manager
Lease with Option to Buy
Long-Term Lease
Owner-Financed Sale
Partnership
Short-Term Lease
Standard Sale
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)

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 are looking to start a diversified organic farm that creates biodiversity with the land and animals. We hope to use our knowledge of dairy cows to intensively manage a herd of hybrid cows on 100% grass. Following the cows we hope to use chickens to graze the pastures so they can benefit from what the cows have left behind; our plan is to be diversified and create sustainable, and humane animal practices.

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