Maura Rapkin

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am planning to start anew or help transition and manage an apple orchard (with hopes to grow into a diversified production).  My management practices would lean toward holistic/agroecological.  I have been working on an organic campus farm in Western Pennslyvania for two years with a heavy focus in orchard management and some sidework on other more commercial orchards.

Farm Characteristics

Desired acreage:

6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Other Crops

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

Primarily looking to purchase, but also interested in a long term arrangement to transition a farm. 

Additional Information

Experience & education:

Farm internship/apprenticeship, Farmer training or workshop

Experience description:

Diversified Organic Farm Production, Chatham University Eden Hall Campus Orchard Work (Pruning, Grafting, Planting, Trellising, IPM, etc) Masters in Food Studies (with some focus on Sustainable Agriculture), MBA