Farmer Profile for Christopher Bilotta

Co-Applicant / Spouse Name

Erica Balcom

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

I am a horse owner and property manager. I am caretaker of farms and farm animals, as well as property maintenance, gardening, fence repair, and vehicle maintenance, running farm equipment(tractors, tedder, hay bailer, hay rake, Caterpillar. forklifts I was working as a plumber's apprentice for about 5 years. Also have much experience working with animals, and I have some veterinary knowledge, and can treat injuries and illnesses/ conditions.

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 is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?

Livestock

What other enterprises are you considering?

Apple/Fruit
Berries
Flowers
Goats
Hay/Forage
Herbs
Hogs
Livestock
Maple Sugaring
Nursery
Pasture
Poultry
Row Crops
Sheep
Vegetables

Total Acres Desired

150.0

Tillable Acres

20.0

Forested Acres

80.0

Acres in Pasture

50.0

Organic

Yes

Farm Structures Needed

Barn(s)
Other Housing
Shop
Storage

Farmhouse Needed

Yes

Equipment Needed

Tractor, with a bucket, mowing equipment, maybe haying equipment, tiller attachment, snow blower attachment...

Which of the following arrangements are you considering?

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

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

No

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.

It will depend on what situation I am offered. Horses are the main reason I am looking for a farm