Farmer Profile for Tracy MacLachlan

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

Greetings. My name is Tracy MacLachlan, I am just north of 50, and current working partner and CFO of a 20 acre hemp farm operation in CT. I have experience working in the past with vegetables, land clearing and tobacco and have had some experience with dairy cows and goats. I also have a background in business, both in the corporate world as well as owning my own. My skill base is in purchasing, operations, project management, general construction, including basic plumbing and electrical and I am a licensed massage therapist. My colleague F. Lacer Hayes is also just north of 50, Irish born and raised on an organic, sustainable farm, a Master Bee Keeper, a fisherwoman, has extensive coding and computer experience as well as a myriad of other skills and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest. We are looking for a business partnership, lease or purchase opportunity to develop a self sustaining agricultural retreat and educational farm. We're looking for at least 20 acres and housing or the ability to establish it is a must.

Are you currently farming?

Yes

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

Yes

What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?

Vegetables

What other enterprises are you considering?

Apple/Fruit
Berries
Goats
Greenhouse
Herbs
Hogs
Livestock
Nursery
Sheep
Vegetables

Total Acres Desired

25.0

Tillable Acres

10.0

Acres in Pasture

10.0

Organic

Yes

Farm Structures Needed

Barn(s)
Greenhouses
Other Housing
Storage

Farmhouse Needed

Yes

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)

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.

For us, a successful farming business would mean the opportunity to serve and promote healing and hope through connection with the land. We have been specifically looking at a way to provide opportunities for Veterans and our goal is to develop a non clinical, therapeutic, collaborative learn to work/work to learn model. We want to build our business on the tenets of sustainable, organic farming to promote self sufficiency while also building relationships in community. We hope to provide a working agricultural retreat as well as a longer term working and educational internship. Our thought is to utilize CSA, farm to table, and direct sales of products and to further supplement income via agro-tourism and participant sponsorship. However, we are open to a variety of models and options, as more importantly for us is the service and education aspects. We look forward to hearing from you!

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