Farmer Profile for Madison Berry

Co-Applicant / Spouse Name

Jasmine Foster, Amanda Froeschle, Elias Froeschle

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

Together the four of us have an eclectic mix of backgrounds: three worked as summer hands for a berry + vegetable farm, two have extensive horse experience, and across the lot of us, we have someone with a degree in agriculture, a vegetable gardener, a fermenter seeking value-added product avenues, and more.

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
Chittenden
Franklin
Washington

What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?

Sheep

What other enterprises are you considering?

Apple/Fruit
Goats
Greenhouse
Livestock
Pasture
Poultry
Vegetables

Total Acres Desired

55.0

Tillable Acres

10.0

Acres in Pasture

20.0

Organic

No

Farmhouse Needed

Doesn't matter

Which of the following arrangements are you considering?

Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a Year or More
Lease with Option to Buy
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)

No

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.

We will be adding an expanded plan shortly -- for now: - We would like to establish a long-term -- lifelong, if possible -- homestead on a large property so that we may settle into one location. - We would start with small, profitable crops, primarily microgreens and mushrooms; these ventures would fund infrastructure for further expansion, i.e. greenhouses, goat/sheep barns, etc. - As seasoned horsewomen, we would also look toward building a small equine operation on a portion of the property. This would provide both income from boarding opportunities, and the basis for a composted manure fertilizer process. - As we expand, we would add seasonal crops that would serve as the produce for value-added commodities, starting with fermented goods, and potentially expanding to kombucha and other healthful drinks. - We would eventually add 2-5 goats and/or sheep, ideally a mix for field rotation, and begin developing a small dairy operation for raw milk and value-added goods (i.e. kefir, yogurt, ice cream) Each of these ventures serves as launch points for grander expansion. A mixed use farm would diversify our income streams to balance risk, as well as feed into sustainable methods for maintaining soil health, etc. Ultimately, we would like to conserve our land with VLT or another organization, allowing us to steward it for the next generation.