Farmer Profile for Marcos Carlos Da Silva

Co-Applicant / Spouse Name

Tierney Hula

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

Marcos and Tierney currently live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Marcos is an American citizen in Canada on a work permit and Tierney is a Canadian citizen. We are interested in relocating to the USA in the next few years (as of 2020), ideally to a farm home in Vermont! Tierney grew up on a partial sustenance farm that raised vegetables, milk goats, and laying hens for his family's consumption. He also worked in cherry orchards as part of a harvesting crew for 7 years. However, his main experience with farming comes from working as a farmhand on a local organic farm in Creston BC for 4 seasons. This farm grows a variety of certified organic crops that are harvested weekly between June and November and delivered to around 100 families in the region as a CSA program. Additional crops are also grown for the local farmers' market and restaurants and to be sold in the local grocery store. Tierney contributed to the land preparation and soil management in addition to the planting, transplanting, nurturing, harvesting, preparation, sale, and delivery of the crops. Over the most recent season, Tierney was the lead farmhand and was able to contribute more to farm management and decisions through farm sitting and planning meetings with the farm owners. Marcos has very limited experience on farms, having worked as a farmhand for one harvest on the same CSA farm as Tierney. He does, however, have experience as a hobby carpenter and as a general laborer in exterior surfacing. He has a working understanding of electronics and plumbing, in addition to significant experience with power tools developed from a young age. In addition to gaining farming experience, Marcos would be happy to assist with any personal or professional carpentry projects around a farm, and would be very interested in developing skills with farm machinery and repair.

Are you currently farming?

No

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
Dairy (cows)
Goats
Grains
Greenhouse
Herbs
Maple Sugaring
Pasture
Poultry
Row Crops
Sheep
Vegetables
Woodlot

Total Acres Desired

100.0

Tillable Acres

50.0

Forested Acres

30.0

Acres in Pasture

20.0

Organic

No

Farm Structures Needed

Barn(s)
Greenhouses
Storage

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
Long-Term Lease
Owner-Financed Sale
Partnership
Short-Term Lease
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?

Maybe (Please send me information)