Farmer Profile for Abbie Senesac Lopez

Co-Applicant / Spouse Name

Ober Lopez

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

B.S in Equine Studies and Agricultural Management from Vermont Technical College in Randolph Ctr, VT. 20+ years in the horse industry 5 yrs employed with Claussen's Greenhouses as a Greenhouse Technician (Colchester, VT) 10+ years personal experience with small-scale gardening 2 yrs experience raising broiler birds

Are you currently farming?

Yes

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

No

Counties being considered

Chittenden

What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?

Livestock

What other enterprises are you considering?

Poultry

Total Acres Desired

10.0

Acres in Pasture

10.0

Organic

No

Farm Structures Needed

Barn(s)

Farmhouse Needed

Doesn't matter

Equipment Needed

Ideally would have some type of tractor available, but not required.

Which of the following arrangements are you considering?

Farm Manager
Lease with Option to Buy
Long-Term Lease
Short-Term Lease
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?

Maybe (Please send me information)

Do you have a business plan? Please write an informative description of your vision & goals for your farming future.

I am a horsemanship instructor with an agricultural background. I am looking for a property on which to expand my horsemanship offerings to include a small number of boarders as well as horses in training and lesson offerings. We currently have a small broiler bird operation with sales direct-to-consumer that we'd like to expand. Also have plans put together for a small pasture-raised beef herd (Dexters). I am primarily interested in having the property function as a system, where cattle are managed from horseback to provide exposure and training experience for the horses as well as minimize stress on the cows. Pasture land would be rotated in a closed systems so birds are following horses/cattle to spread manure, aerate land and fertilize.