Farmer Profile for Katie Steere

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

I interned at Polyface Farm in 2016 and moved back to RI to start Deep Roots Farm that fall. I raised grassfed beef, pastured pork, and pastures poultry. I have operated on leased land and am now searching for my forever home throughout New England. Before farming I studied business in college and worked in marketing for five years in California. I plan to use the USDA Farm Ownership loan, which you can’t get prequalified for but my FSA agent said I almost definitely will get approved because of my farm’s growth! My farm’s website is www.deeprootsfarm.org.

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?

Beef

What other enterprises are you considering?

Beef
Flowers
Hogs
Poultry
Sheep

Total Acres Desired

75.0

Acres in Pasture

35.0

Organic

Yes

Farmhouse Needed

Doesn't matter

Which of the following arrangements are you considering?

Lease with Option to Buy
Owner-Financed Sale
Partnership

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.

My ultimate vision is to run my farm with a small agritourism component that includes 1-2 luxury yurts to rent out on AirBnb. I want to find a farm where I can eventually raise a family and be sustainable environmentally as well as financially and in a quality of life sort of way. My farm business has grown from 27k to 165k in gross sales in four years and I have the business knowledge to run an efficient operation. I would love to find a farm with 50-100 acres and 35-70 of that being pasture.