Farmer Profile for Niko Uman

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

I started working for Achille Agway in Brattleboro at the age of 15, I worked there for a year until I got a job through BUHS working for an aquaponic facility (Carbon Harvest). I was a part of Windham Regional Career centers horticulture program and went on to Colorado to study Agricultural Business at Colorado State University where I completed three years. During 2014-2015 I worked for Way to Grow Boulder, an indoor/hydroponic store that sold fertilizers, lights, and soils. I also have worked on various farms including an organic farm in Brattleboro and a 500 head cattle farm in Colombia (I'm Bilingual too!) Currently I have a small farming operation at my house but I need to expand and find new land to farm on, one where I can plant in ground and have a good and possibly add hoop houses towards the end of the grow cycle.

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
Essex
Grand Isle
Orange
Washington
Windham
Windsor

What types of enterprises are you considering?

Apple/Fruit
Flowers
Greenhouse
Herbs
Livestock
Maple Sugaring
Poultry
Row Crops
Sheep

Total Acres Desired

2.0

Tillable Acres

2.0

Organic

Yes

Farmhouse Needed

Doesn't matter

Equipment Needed

Tractor for tilling

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
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)

Are you interested in conserved farms?

Maybe (Please send me information)

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

My business plan is on its way. I hope to see either a work to own or lease of the property as i begin my farming enterprise. I hope to farm bees on the land and grow a variety of plants in a biodynamic matter to have the best product available. Send me an email for more information.