Entering Farmer: #20321

I first started farming in New Hampshire in 2015 as a farmhand for a successful CSA in the town where I grew up. In 2018, I moved to New Jersey and continued working for a diversified fruit and vegetable CSA in Pittstown. I was able to gain even more experience on all levels of the enterprise, first as a field hand then the wash barn manager, and finally the assistant field manager.

I’ve also had a few seasons experience with raising chickens for meat and eggs and goats for meat while here in Pennsylvania.

Currently, I’m finishing a horticulture degree at Delaware Valley University.

Growing healthy and simple foods is my greatest passion in life. Since the first time working on a farm I’ve dreamed about living on and running my own operation. I’m hoping my time studying horticulture will enable me to make informed decisions about not only the plants I grow but also all species on the future farm. I firmly believe a worthwhile farm will aim to be a part of a healthy agroecosystem by replenishing nutrients and supporting both farm and non-farm life.

As far as business plans go I think it is very important to create something very site specific and so remaining flexible is critical. However, I’m interested in and have the most experience with organic vegetable and fruit production and pasture raised chicken and goats. Some structures I’m interested in include CSA’s, wholesale (I do have some local connections that could help with this), even education and agrotourism.

There needs to be more farmers and gardeners, in my opinion, and I have a good amount of experience in college and on the various farms I’ve worked teaching the public and training workers on sustainable farming methods. This is an aspect I’d really try to work into whatever business model is ultimately pursued.

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Entering Farmer #20321 - At A Glance

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If Farming Type Is Other, Please Describe: native plant nursery

Additional Information:

Will use land for crop production: Yes
Years of Experience: 8
Agricultural Class & Degree Info:

Delaware Valley University-Bachelors in Horticulture-currently in progress.

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