Farmer Profile for Ken Carter

Co-Applicant / Spouse Name

Amanda Carter

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

We currently farm on leased land in Poultney VT and we are looking to buy a farm. We run a small CSA and have a farm store. Furthermore, we produce mixed vegetables and pasture raise beef, Pork, Whole broiler chickens and pasture raised laying hens. We are not certified organic, but follow their rules and use no chemicals in our practices. We are wanting to build a sustainable farm that supplies food year round to a small group of people (25-50 families). Over the past 10 years we have farmed four different properties and believe we have a solid idea and plan, we just need the right land to implement this idea. We own most of the equipment we need like tractor, haying equipment, a 14x20 heated greenhouse two 12x40 high tunnels a small herd of beef and a herd of American guinea hogs. We have layer hens of several breeds our primary breed is Speckled Sussex, and we buy in Freedom Rangers every year for our pasture raised broilers.

Are you currently farming?

Yes

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

No

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?

Pasture

What other enterprises are you considering?

Apple/Fruit
Beef
Berries
Dairy (cows)
Greenhouse
Hay/Forage
Hogs
Livestock
Maple Sugaring
Pasture
Poultry
Vegetables
Woodlot

Total Acres Desired

100.0

Tillable Acres

20.0

Forested Acres

60.0

Acres in Pasture

20.0

Organic

No

Farm Structures Needed

Barn(s)

Farmhouse Needed

Doesn't matter

Equipment Needed

We own our own equipment.

Which of the following arrangements are you considering?

Lease with Option to Buy
Owner-Financed Sale
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.

We are in the process of writing a business plan. We are working with the Interval Center to do this.