Farmer Profile for Shawn Geise

Experience

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience:

I have been no till gardening vegetables and fruits for five years and learning seed starting and saving, grafting fruit trees.

Are you currently farming?:

No

Are you interested in connecting with other farmers to explore collocation or collaborative farm ideas?:

Yes

Enterprises

What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?:

Vegetables

What other enterprises are you considering?:

Apple/Fruit
Berries
Flowers
Goats
Grains
Greenhouse
Herbs
Maple Sugaring
Mushrooms
Nursery
Ornamentals
Poultry
Woodlot

The Land

Total Acres Desired:

100.0

Organic:

No

Infrastructure

Farmhouse Needed:

Doesn't matter

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure Arrangement Considered:

Lease with Option to Buy
Owner-Financed Sale
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)

Business Plan/Goals

Do you have a business plan? Please write an informative description of your vision & goals for your farming future.:

Seed farming/conservancy is really the goal here. Maintaining heirloom open pollinated vegetable fruit herb and flower varieties and adapting them to our local region. Saving heirloom fruits as well, and also developing nut trees. All in a restoration agriculture setting. A no till perennial structuring to the farm. Which will eventually be my homestead. It would also be a resource for education and outreach to the community at large. I am not entirely sure whether to set up as a business, non profit, or conservatory. Or some hybrid. It will probably change over time.