Farmer Profile for Adam Kozik

Co-Applicant / Spouse Name

Adam Kozik

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

Small promising herd of dairy goats, CAE negative, along with skilled craftsman, cheesemaker, farmers- curious to locate a suitable arrangement on a sustainable farm to pursue micro-dairy cheesemaking on premises. Four + years living and working on a farm, learning about goat and dairy management, farming, and striving to live self sufficiently. Interested to connect with those who are interested in a long-term farmer tenure and/or rent. Both parties should be equally invested to see a profit based small farm business as result. Familiar with food and milk safety, handling, in accordance with Grade A Dairy Regulations- Vermont.

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?

Goats

What other enterprises are you considering?

Goats
Herbs
Livestock
Pasture
Poultry
Vegetables

Total Acres Desired

50.0

Acres in Pasture

30.0

Organic

Yes

Farm Structures Needed

Barn(s)
Milking Facilities
Other Housing
Shop

Farmhouse Needed

Yes

Equipment Needed

Necessary equipment to make farming easier- not opposed to machines being used by the hands of those who made them.

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

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.

Supplemental income streams from direct farm product sales. Our market and customer base will align with locally sourced seasonal food, specialty food markets, gourmet food items, high income areas; logistics for product. Premise being about the natural ecology where the product is made. We will maintain a small carbon footprint, and by doing so, allow the increase of natural fertility to enhance our operation. The main interest here is to create more personal value and meaning. Please feel free to inquire for more details. Candidates of interest will have full access to financial forecasts and a formal well thought business plan.