Co-Applicant / Spouse Name
Please describe your past and/or present farming experience
With 15 of 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. I have worked on organic vegetable farms ranging in size from 1-100 tillable acres, and have been Farm Manager on operations with gross sales just under $1 million annually. I also 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 8 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?
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
No equipment needed, but would also consider any any equipment that's available for sale.
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.
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. We will sell both direct-to-consumers and to the wholesale marketplace, with a particular interest in accessing larger wholesale markets and increasing the supply of local and organic produce in the regional food chain. We want to play a major roles in the coming decades in helping our community expand its access to local and organic produce in the mainstream grocery marketplace. In addition to standard field production, we will use heated propagation greenhouses and unheated high tunnels to grow as much food in the winter months as possible. We will have as much produce available year-round as possible, in order to become a mainstay in our customer's diets and shopping habits.