Farmer Profile for Dan Wulfkuhle

Co-Applicant / Spouse Name

Elyse Wulfkuhle

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

I have close to 15 years experience working on and managing organic vegetable and fruit farms on both the east and west coasts. I have a great deal of experience in all aspects of diverse vegetable production operations, have worked on organic vegetable farms ranging in size from 1-100 tillable acres, and have managed operations with gross sales just under $1 million annually. I have a B.S. in Plant, Soil, and Insect Science from the University of Massachusetts. I farmed for 7 years in VT and MA before moving out west, where I have spent the past 7 years farming in the Pacific Northwest. I currently am production manager for a large wholesale organic vegetable farm in western WA.

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
Chittenden
Franklin
Lamoille
Orange
Rutland
Washington
Windham
Windsor

What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?

Row Crops

What other enterprises are you considering?

Apple/Fruit
Berries
Flowers
Greenhouse
Herbs
Maple Sugaring
Nursery
Row Crops
Vegetables

Total Acres Desired

25.0

Tillable Acres

20.0

Organic

Yes

Farmhouse Needed

Doesn't matter

Equipment Needed

No equipment needed, but would also consider any any equipment that's available for sale.

Which of the following arrangements are you considering?

Farm Manager
Lease with Option to Buy
Long-Term Lease
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.

My wife and I plan on growing organic vegetables and small fruit for the local and regional marketplace. With 15 years of prior experience under our belts, we plan to hit the ground running and quickly build the infrastructure and establish the market for a successful business that will sustain us long into the future. Apart from standard field production, we would use heated propagation greenhouses and unheated high tunnels to grow as much food in the winter months as possible. We would strive to have as much produce available year-round as possible, in order to become a mainstay in our customer's diets and shopping habits. We would utilize both direct-to-consumer and wholesale sales outlets, with a particular interest in helping our community expand its access to local and organic produce in the mainstream wholesale marketplace.