Co-Applicant / Spouse Name
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. This season I am harvesting wild apples with Fable Farm Fermentory in Barnard.
Are you currently farming?
Are you interested in connecting with other farmers to explore collocation or collaborative farm ideas?
Counties being considered
What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?
What other enterprises are you considering?
Total Acres Desired
Which of the following arrangements are you considering?
Lease with Option to Buy
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)
Have you been qualified by a lending institution? (if applicable)
Are you interested in conserved farms?
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, so we remain open-minded to specific production/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.