Farmer Profile for Brock Rasor

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

I've been farming for just over a decade now. I started out on a raw goat dairy in northern FL, did a formal internship at Soil Born Farms in CA where I later became an assistant manager. We raised sheep, cattle, chickens, orchards, and vegetables. I then became the farm manager at a 50 acre diversified vegetable/sheep farm in southern Oregon. After that I spent the next 3 years starting my own farm business in southern OR raising 3 acres of vegetables, mixed livestock (Chickens, pigs, sheep, ducks) attending 3 farmers markets each week, managing a 30+/- member free-share CSA, and selling to about 10 restaurants. I relocated back east 2 years ago due to unmanaged wildfires that were getting worse each year, as well as drought and water issues. I worked for a year as a farm manger mostly doing tractor work in upstate NY on a 25 acre vegetable farm, and most recently have been apart of starting an outdoor cannabis farm in Pittsfield MA, but am looking to start my own farm again soon.

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?

Vegetables

What other enterprises are you considering?

Apple/Fruit
Beef
Berries
Christmas Trees
Dairy (cows)
Flowers
Greenhouse
Hay/Forage
Hogs
Livestock
Maple Sugaring
Nursery
Pasture
Poultry
Row Crops
Sheep
Vegetables
Woodlot

Total Acres Desired

100.0

Tillable Acres

5.0

Organic

Yes

Farm Structures Needed

Barn(s)
Other Housing

Farmhouse Needed

Yes

Which of the following arrangements are you considering?

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

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.

My long-term business plan goal would be to have 90% of the farms income to be from a Full Diet CSA largely supported by it's core group of CSA members. Building up to that I imagine something like when I had my farm: Start with some veggies, animals, build a hoop house, do some markets, sell some wholesale until I have secured enough land and customers to be mostly member supported.