Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersInformal apprenticeship, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:-2013 & 2015 MidWest Organic & Sustainable Education Services Conference -2013 Building Farmers Program with Colorado State University Ext. -2016 Pastured Poultry Production School with John McAuley of Happy Healthy Hens
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.I currently work at Mergenthaler Moving in Bozeman. Also, I'm growing 150 apple trees I grafted I intend to sell.
Farmhand Bozeman, MT June–October 2016
Amaltheia Farm, Strike Farms - vegetable production
Tech I - SuperTree Nursery Bullard, TX -Winter 2014/2015, 2015/2016
Tractor operator, JD 6420, 6410, 6125M, 7810
maintenance pine tree lifter
Calculate/track: pine seed density, target bed ft, actual bed ft.
Farmhand Bozeman, MT May–September 2015
Cloud Nine Farm - microgreens
Strike Farms - vegetable production
Apprentice - Whole Systems Design Rochester, VT April–October 2014
poultry processing, rotational grazing
Farmhand - Third Branch Flower in Roxbury, VT - May–October 2014
Flowers: picking, root division, planting
equipment operator (tractor, skidsteer, brush hog, mulch spreader)
Intern - Native Hill Farm - Fort Collins, CO April–November 2013
field prep: spread compost, setup drip, lay plastic mulch
hand weeding, trellising, transplanting, seeding, harvest, processing
Farmer's Market, wholesale deliveries
Cresset Farm - Fort Collins, CO May-August 2012
Feed/water poultry and cattle
Type of OperationSmall Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.Chance Farm will focus on producing Organic products that are in demand by local consumers. These products will complement each other in production and fertility of the land including; pastured chicken (meat), and vegetables.
In the first year, the farm will focus on high value vegetable crops and meat bird production. Required land would be 5 acres to start.
In the second and third year, expand meat bird production up to 2400 meat birds. Required land for the third year will be a total of 10 acres.
Finally by the fourth year, re-evaluating the profitability of crops/products and market demand will set the direction of further investment in processing facilities. Those decisions could lead to the development of a small, mobile poultry processing facility. Vegetable production will always be a part of the farm, because of the quick and reliable return on investment.
Looking forward, Chance Farm will identify and grow perennial crops (like apples) to establish a stronger ecological cropping system.