Farmer Profile for Maeve McBride

Co-Applicant / Spouse Name

Todd Clason

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

My partner and I are not farmers by trade; however, we have ample experience with "homesteading" and land stewardship. Additionally, we are wanting to begin a cooperative farming venture with a community of 8 adults and 3 children. Our intention is to be able to collectively steward the land for our own needs (food, fuel), and to be able to provide for the larger community (mutual aid, food pantries, etc.). After some time of discernment with the land, we may develop cottage industries. Our group is primarily interested in fruits, herbs, mushrooms, and grazing. We believe that the farming we undertake should be in right relationship with the land and focus on restoring the health of soils, waterways, and ourselves. In our immediate family we bring the following skills: vegetable gardening, perennial fruit gardening, permaculture techniques, chickens/layers, (all previous on "homestead" scale), river & stream restoration, light carpentry, and machine repair. Other skills & experience in the group include animal husbandry (sheep, goats), foraging, mushroom cultivation, hunting.

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
Chittenden
Franklin
Washington

What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?

Apple/Fruit

What other enterprises are you considering?

Berries
Goats
Greenhouse
Herbs
Maple Sugaring
Nursery
Poultry
Vegetables
Woodlot

Total Acres Desired

100.0

Organic

Yes

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
Owner-Financed Sale
Standard Sale
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.

Our vision document is in formation (Feb 2021). Broadly, our goal is to find farm land (25-100 acres) near the greater Burlington area that would support a small eco village community of part-time farmers.