Farmer Profile for Rachel Bellis

Co-Applicant / Partner Name:

Justin Turner

Experience

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience:

I have worked on organic farms for about 6 years. 1 year of that time was spent as a WWOOF volunteer at various kinds pf sustainable farms, from pastured livestock to orchards to everything in between. Most of my work experience has been with growing organic vegetables on a 2 to 10 acre scale. I was an assistant crop production manager for 3 years with a non-profit farm in Cincinnati where I hired, supervised and helped train a team of 5 interns each year. I also created and managed a gourmet mushrooms enterprise at that farm, growing shiitakes and oysters. My husband has less farming experience but eventually wants to work on-farm. He is an engineer and loves to tinker and build things. He also enjoys working with livestock.

Are you currently farming?:

Yes

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?:

Beef
Berries
Grains
Greenhouse
Herbs
Mushrooms
Pasture
Sheep

The Land

Total Acres Desired:

10.0

Tillable Acres:

3.0

Organic:

Yes

Infrastructure

Farm Structures Needed:

Barn(s)
Greenhouses
Other Housing
Storage

Farmhouse Needed:

Yes

Equipment Needed:

I plan to tailor production to whatever land and equipment resources we have available.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure Arrangement Considered:

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