Farmer Profile for Karen Ganey

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

I have worked on a number of farms throughout the the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast. I have a broad range of experience and skills from working and running market based gardens to running farm education programs for both summer camps and after school programs. My main interest and work these days is around supporting youth leadership in climate and food justice and running a small permaculture design business.

Are you currently farming?

No

Are you interested in connecting with other farmers to explore collocation or collaborative farm ideas?

Yes

Counties being considered

Orange
Washington
Windsor

What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?

Apple/Fruit

What other enterprises are you considering?

Berries
Flowers
Goats
Grains
Greenhouse
Herbs
Livestock
Maple Sugaring
Nursery
Vegetables

Total Acres Desired

200.0

Tillable Acres

4.0

Forested Acres

20.0

Acres in Pasture

10.0

Organic

Yes

Farm Structures Needed

Barn(s)
Greenhouses
Other Housing
Shop
Storage

Farmhouse Needed

Doesn't matter

Equipment Needed

preferred, but not required

Which of the following arrangements are you considering?

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

Have you been qualified by a lending institution? (if applicable)

Yes

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.

Not specifically, but I have 20 years of living in various intentional communities, operating on Boards for non-profits, working with farmers, farmer networks, teaching regenerative ag skills and have thought a lot about equitable cooperative living arrangements am only interested in a cooperative model that is also well versed in the value and importance of diversity of members and or cultural competency.