Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersFarm/Crop management (over 3 years), Informal apprenticeship, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:I took a farm business planning course through the University of Vermont. I also had my own organic vegetable business.
Briefly describe your current occupation(s) and responsibilities and list previous agricultural employment and experiences. If you are currently farming or ranching, please state the size, type(s), and location of the operation.Currently, I teach Science part-time and I am a server at a restaurant part time. In 2010 after I graduated from college, I did a sixth month apprenticeship through the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. The farm was called Broken Acres in Jefferson, ME with 8 acres in vegetable production. I worked for the FARM Institute teaching farm for 6 months in Edgartown, MA. The production garden was one acre, with another half acre of smaller teaching gardens. There were laying hens, meat chickens, cows, sheep, and milking goats. I also managed the greenhouse and gardening program for 2 years at North Branford High School in Connecticut, while also working part time at Wellstone Farm in Higganum, CT. The school garden was a half acre with a large greenhouse where we ran experiments, started plants, grew small amounts of food for cooking in school, and grew flowers to sell. I ran a small organic vegetable farm in Almont, Colorado where I sold at market and to local restaurants.
Acreage1-5, 6-10, 11-40
Type of OperationGrain, Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.Initially I hope to find a small plot of land (1/2-1 acre) to grow organic flowers. I have always grown produce, but the market in Missoula is flush with small vegetable producers. I'd like to start by growing annuals the first year or two, and then transitioning to biennials, perennials, and bulbs.
Evenually I'd like to have an educational vegetable production garden, a variety of non-traditional fruiting plants and hops. A dream of mine is to have a "farm to tap" operation where I grow all of the necessary grains, hops, and additions to brew beer.