Farmer Profile for Tim & Niqui Chatfield

Co-Applicant / Partner Name:

Tim & NiQui Chatfield

Experience

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience:

We are a family in need of a farm - we are at a crossroads in our life and our dream/destiny is to be farmers. My grandparents had a homestead farm in Licking County for 60 years. I learned from my grandparents working the land, tending a one acre kitchen garden, raising chickens, raising dairy and meat cows. We have always had an edible backyard garden and tried to be as self-sufficient as possible in the city. We experienced stage 3 colon cancer (NiQui) which prompted us to do exhaustive research on regaining health through food. Our studies include Back to Eden, Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin, The China Study. What we have found is a passion for growing your own food through sustainable practices such as permaculture. We truly believe in the no-till and mob grazing methods of raising food. All of these experiences have brought us to this perfect time to be on our own homestead. Farm succession in Ohio is a real issue and we believe that there is a true possibility that we will meet a farmer that sees the future in partnering with us to carry on farming in Ohio with their land. We are coming to a time when there will be the largest turnover of farms to new owners due to the aging farmer population. If you have 10-20 plus acres in Ohio and are interested in seeing your land continue to thrive in agriculture - we are your new farmers! We have the plans, drive, and hardwork to turn this dream into a reality. Our love for creativity, innovation, and learning will make us a success. Your farm will be in good hands! If you share our passion for farming in Ohio and seeing new farmers succeed, contact us today!

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
Greenhouse
Herbs
Pasture
Poultry
Row Crops
Vegetables

The Land

Total Acres Desired:

25.0

Tillable Acres:

10.0

Forested Acres:

2.0

Acres in Pasture:

8.0

Organic:

Yes

Infrastructure

Farmhouse Needed:

Doesn't matter

Equipment Needed:

We are creative and handy - whatever equipment there is or if there is no equipment, we will make it work!

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure Arrangement Considered:

Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a Year or More
Lease with Option to Buy
Long-Term Lease
Owner-Financed Sale
Partnership
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)

Maximum sale price you are willing/able to pay:

$200,000

Maximum monthly rent you are willing/able to pay:

$1,000

Have you been qualified by a lending institution? (if applicable):

No

Business Plan/Goals

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

After discussion with Farmer, we will create a mutual vision and develop a comprehensive plan - below are our current ideas: 1. Garden Harvest Table is a business we are starting to elevate the health and wellness of everyone through the choices we make and the food we eat. This business is education, training of lost skills and products to support a self-sustaining lifestyle. 2. 1 acre Food Garden for our families use 3. Edible Flowers for Products 4. Grapevines - Jams and Wines 5. Fruit Trees 6. Chickens - Layers and Broilers 7. Other Products produced from and/or on the Farm While these are some ideas for getting started, the land will decide much of the focus and ability to create.