Farming Status and Plans
Years actively farming:10+
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
I am a farmer in transition. I am college educated in "traditional agricultural practices" but have always had an interest in a more sustainable format. Organic...actually not the best descriptor. I want to pursue methods that rely on "natural" methods" that utilize soil health and fertility developed by use of natural crop growing practices not inorganic fertilizers and also a reduction of all fossil fuel uses whether in the products commonly used on the farm to fuel directly used on the farm. I am currently establishing a flock of Icelandic sheep. The theory....the sheep are native to an area with a more extreme climate than our own. Icelandic sheep are able to produce a "crop" on grass and forbes only...no grain required. I have some old genetics from milking sheep...Icelandics...I have found the meat to be a very consumer friendly product and this winter. I am also interested in producing grains for the organic producer. I already own farmland but I am looking for additioanl land for the harvest of hay and grazing.
Description of marketing method:
Local sales to other farms and some internet sales
- Capital Area
Infrastructure required:Water access, Electrical Access
Description of infrastructure:
I only need quality water for livestock. Electric access would be nice but not necessary.
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Hay
Primary Livestock:Cattle - Beef, Equine, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry
Description of livestock/crops:
I do not want to be a large farm with prohibitives number but rather sustainable numbers. We currently have sheep, beef. 6 sows, chickens for our own use and meat birds. We grow hay and haylage but have started small research plots for vegetables using other developing technologies.
Tenure options desired:Other Tenure Agreement
Description of tenure options desired:
Looking for a lease to own option. Have an income stream coming but not here yet
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Yes
Experience & education:Formal agricultural education, Farm owner, On farm work experience, Farmer training or workshop
Many generations before me have been farmers, children are farmers also. BS University of VT, Started MS in Agricultural Education. Have lived on or operated a farm for my entire life.