Marcy and Chris Kittredge

Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

We are a family that has been learning about growing our own food, raising animals and living a more sustainable lifestyle. We currently have a full garden of various fruits and vegetables as well as pigs, chickens, and a lamb.

Our planting practices are organic and non gmo based and we strive to minimize the use of any unnatural plant products wherever possible. We are also very interested in studying and practicing companion planting and other methods to help the plants get the highest nutrion value out of the land as possible.

Our animals are kept as free range/pastured where allowed and we let them feed off of the land as much as possible.

Description of marketing method:

The main marketing methods that we have in mind are centered on the community. We not only want to participate in farmer's markets and CSAs but we also want get our community excited about farming. We want to help educate those in our community about ways to become more self sufficient when it comes to food. This would include growing, preparing, canning, preserving among other things.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Eastern

Desired acreage:

11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Fencing

Description of buildings required:

We are looking for a farm that already has facilities on site that can store farm equipment and provide housing for livestock during bad weather and winter months.

Description of fencing required:

Considering that we want to raise pastured livestock, we would like to either have fencing already established on a farm or have the ability to install fencing to maintain the livestock. We are interested in exploring with temporary, moveable fencing to expose livestock to fresh pastures and allow pastures to be restored over time.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

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

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

We are interested in raising a variety of livestock. We're currently raising pigs, chickens and a lamb and would like to expand into raising cattle as well. Our goal is to raise our livestock to be pastured as much as possible and allow them to feed off of the land.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

We are currently looking for a farmer who has a similar mindset with respect to growing plants and raising livestock naturally and organically. We would like to establish an agreement with a farmer where we can learn from them and help maintain their current operations and expand them to enhance our learning and experience.

Additional Information

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

Maybe

Experience description:

Our knowledge of raising farm animals and growing crop vegetables and fruits come from passed down family knowledge and our own research. Marcy's family used to own a dairy farm in upstate New York and we have several family members who have had various levels of farming in their past.