Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersAgriculture-related college degree, Farm/Crop management (over 3 years), General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:rangeland restoration and remediation, soil science, sensitive plant surveying
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.Since 2014, have owned and managed Hawthorne Farm LLC, a small family farm that sells wholesale Dexter beef and Berkshire pork. Currently have a beef herd of 14 animals (7 breeding, 1 bull, 2 yearlings, 4 steers) with a goal of 20-30 breeding animals. For pigs, have 1 boar, 2 sows, 5 butcher piglets and several litters. We focus on a niche market of families that want a variety of meat (Dexter cattle are 1/2 the size of conventional cattle, but marble well on pasture) and are focused on wanting animals raised on low to no pesticide inputs and GMO feeds. We utilize natural methods for parasite control and only use antibiotics if absolutely necessary as well as more hands-on management for grazing management (ie. utilizing electric fencing to move animals; if weed spraying is necessary, moving animals out of area to minimize contact, etc). We have 14 acres (3 pasture) and currently lease 10 irrigated acres.
Have past experience in rangeland management and reclamation, soils mapping, an agricultural degree in agro-ecology and soil science, have worked on a seed production farm in Europe and have taken classes in international agriculture. Also work as a legal editor.
Acreage1-5, 6-10, 11-40
Type of OperationLarge Animal (cattle, sheep, goats)
Farming PracticesConventional, Organic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.We are looking at running a small to medium sized cattle operation of 20-30 breeding animals and 15-20 steers to market as beef on the leased ground. All raising of pigs will occur on our personal property. We can utilize several smaller tracts of land or one larger tract. If smaller tracts, would love closer together or closer to our personal property to facilitate management. Currently, our landowner for our leased land does all irrigation and pasture and infrastructure management, but we are open to other arrangements. We are also open to options to purchase hay and store hay for winter use.
Elaborate on the farming practices you plan on using.We operate as close to organic as we can. However, we also realize that is difficult with large animals. We do vaccinate, but we do not use wormers or conventional pest and parasite control methods. On our own property, we do all organic practices for weed control. On our leased pasture and the hay we buy, they do spot spray for weeds and we remove animals from those areas for a period of time or until irrigation is applied. For our beef, they are 100% grass fed and we source local grass hay. For our pork, we do local sourced feed from Potomac that is a mix of field pea, barley and wheat with a clay-based mineral from Montana, local gleaned fruits and veggies, and local sourced hay. We use natural methods for treating illnesses and wounds, but when absolutely necessary, we do use antibiotics.
For our beef, we have started using electric fence to move animals and to maximize grazing. We currently move every few weeks to a new are and give the recently grazed area a rest. In the winter, we have been grazing on our personal pasture and utilizing bale grazing. Would love to still continue to do that, but would love an option to move our cows into a pasture in Feb/March and to continue bale grazing there with small bales.