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
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
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.
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.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Maybe
Experience & education:Formal agricultural education, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship
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.