Chase Devine

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

Less than 2

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Hello, My name is Chase Devine and I am looking to acquire land to begin farming. My past experience is in hospitality/chef but I have alwlays worked closely with farmers when sourcing products to learn from them what I could. A majority of production will be produce, with some small livestock in small quantities with the goal of producing a self-sustainable and regenerative soil conditions. I believe strongly and fully in regenerative and no-till farming, with treating the land and creating healthy soil always comes first. I would want perennial grasses throughout as well as flfowers for sale and for an increase in birds, flowers, insects, etc.... Any biproduct from livestock (initiial thoughts are chickens for eggs and possibly meat, bees for honey and pollination, and a small number of goats for milk which will be used for cheese, milk and yogurt production. As a chef, I have a unique opportunity where I also know how to use all different products. With this knowledge, sale to restaurants and markets will be my main target market, selling produce and any goods I've made with the product from the land. A few retail items I would like to make owuld include jams, canned vegetables, pickles, yogurts, milk and cheese, with the hope to expand this as needed. my plan is to start small and manageable so as to gain a good system and grow every season from there. Again, this will be a very natural way of gardening, no till, with no checmicals or pesticides EVER in use. I have references if needed, and I can assure you, I am dedicated and very driven to get sustainable farming back to a "normal" farming practice and self-sustainable lifestyle. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. Thank you! 

Description of marketing method:

marketing will include word of mouth (through a large network of friends and family in the area who are all farmers, as well as the use of modern marketing technologies (website, social media platforms, internet) which I have a strong bckground in creating and managing

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Farm equipment, Water access

Description of infrastructure:

No infrastructure is necessary, but housing and a barn and/or greenhouse would be helpful

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Hay, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep, Poultry, Other livestock

Description of livestock/crops:

Livestock would possibly include Goats for milk and cheese production,  bees for honey, chickens primarily for egg sale. Produce would betargeted for local restaurants and markets so my goal is to produce all "common" produce items people use regularrly and are familiar with; lettuces, carrots, celery, herbs, root vegetables, cabbages, kale, chards, etc 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership

Description of tenure options desired:

i am looking to lease land with the want to own the land if suitable for needs afterwards 

Additional Information

Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?

Unsure

Experience & education:

On farm work experience, Farmer training or workshop, Other

Experience description:

My education has been gained from online farmer trainings as well as from hand on experience from family and friends