Farmer Profile for Andy Riesenberg

Co-Applicant / Spouse Name

Emily O'Connor

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

Andy- Grew up in rural Iowa where he learned various farm jobs such as haying, animal husbandry, animal processing as well as other hard skills such as construction, mechanics, equipment driving etc. Emily- Has worked on a number of different farms in Europe, Vermont, Maine, North Carolina and Alaska. She has experience growing vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts, bees, livestock- sheep, pigs, chickens, goats, cows and draft horses.

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
Bennington
Caledonia
Chittenden
Essex
Franklin
Grand Isle
Lamoille
Orange
Orleans
Rutland
Washington
Windham
Windsor

What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?

Vegetables

What other enterprises are you considering?

Apple/Fruit
Beef
Flowers
Greenhouse
Herbs
Hogs
Pasture
Poultry
Sheep
Vegetables

Total Acres Desired

20.0

Organic

Yes

Farm Structures Needed

Barn(s)
Greenhouses

Farmhouse Needed

Doesn't matter

Equipment Needed

Would be nice to have access to some equipment such as a tractor or walk behind tractor in order to break land. Access to water and any other farm tools would be a perk but not a deal breaker.

Which of the following arrangements are you considering?

Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a Year or More
Farm Manager
Lease with Option to Buy
Long-Term Lease
Owner-Financed Sale
Short-Term Lease
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.

Working on it.