Jason Heitman

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I plan to manage a small scale vegtable farm.  Growing with organic methods and focusing on sustainable agriculture.

Description of marketing method:

I will sell at farmer's markets, for the majority of my produce, leaving some potential for wholesale and CSA.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Eastern, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Water access, Electrical Access

Description of water access required:

I will install or use current irrigation equipment. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables

Description of livestock/crops:

I will grow a variety of crops to manage risk.  They include root vegtables, greens, eventually some fruit production from bushes and orchards, as well as limited herb and flowers both edible and decorative.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

I would be willing to lease or rent land.  Most interested in buying land that is a smaller size, 1-10 acres, or a larger size parcel, 10-100 with a home on it.

Additional Information

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

Maybe

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

I have completed a Controlled Environment course through a non profit, Veterans to Farmers, and completed a semester long course work making me eligible for USDA infrastructure and equipment loans, (1 year experience requirement), in sustainable agriculture, through Cal Poly Pomona.  I am in my first season as a grower on leased land in Saratoga Springs.  I'm in 4 Farmers' markets, and developing the land to grow into a CSA and open more wholesale markets.