Farmer Profile for Lindsey Melling

Experience

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience:

I am starting my 4th season as the assistant farm manager on a market garden in Northern Kentucky (full time). We have a 75 person CSA and deliver to restaurants around the Cincinnati area. I work with all stages of growth during the season: starting seeds in the greenhouse + care/maintenance, hardening off, cultivating, transplanting, harvest, wash + pack and deliveries. I also have experience pruning apple trees at a Northern Kentucky orchard.

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?:

Apple/Fruit
Berries
Flowers
Greenhouse
Herbs

The Land

Total Acres Desired:

20.0

Tillable Acres:

10.0

Forested Acres:

10.0

Organic:

Yes

Infrastructure

Farm Structures Needed:

Barn(s)
Greenhouses
Other Housing

Farmhouse Needed:

Yes

Equipment Needed:

I have no equipment as of right now.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure Arrangement Considered:

Farm Manager
Lease with Option to Buy
Long-Term Lease
Owner-Financed Sale
Partnership
Short-Term Lease
Standard Sale
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)

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.:

I'd like to find around 20 acres (half wooded) to start my own vegetable market garden and medicinal herb farm (1-2 acres) and, ideally, a small fruit orchard. When I'm not farming, I'm foraging and running my business, Effloresce Herbals, where I make handmade herbal body products using herbs and foraged plants from the farm/surrounding woods (https://www.etsy.com/shop/effloresceshop). My end goal would be to sell produce at farmer's markets, sell medicinal herbs wholesale, and continue/expand Effloresce Herbals to include teas, spice blends, tinctures and a wider variety of plant medicine, while living a self sufficient lifestyle.