Farmer Profile for Matt Cappel

Co-Applicant / Partner Name:

Matt & Erin Cappel

Experience

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience:

Erin and I have established a permaculture orchard over the past 3 years. We have also been raising chickens at our home (26 egg layers currently. I am currently in school for Sustainable Agriculture and hope to graduate shortly. We only have a hobby garden, but I work for a farm 1 day per week currently. We want to get into farming fulltime but need access to farmable land. We do maple syrup tapping, mushrooms and wild foraging on our land.

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?:

Poultry

What other enterprises are you considering?:

Apple/Fruit
Berries
Christmas Trees
Dairy (cows)
Flowers
Goats
Greenhouse
Herbs
Hogs
Livestock
Maple Sugaring
Mushrooms

The Land

Total Acres Desired:

10.0

Tillable Acres:

2.0

Forested Acres:

2.0

Acres in Pasture:

5.0

Organic:

Yes

Infrastructure

Farm Structures Needed:

Barn(s)

Farmhouse Needed:

Doesn't matter

Equipment Needed:

None, we would buy make our own for the most part or try to partner / borrow / rent equipment at first.

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
Short-Term Lease
Standard Sale
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)

Maximum sale price you are willing/able to pay:

$200,000

Business Plan/Goals

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

I do not have a complete business plan and will cater one to the conditions of available land. The primary goal would be to raise meat birds and sustainable vegitables with a mix of perennial crops that well in our area, selected from the 85 varieties of existing permaculture we currently have. Additionally, depending on the lay of the land and location we would like to consider: berry pick yourself, pumpkins, sunflowers (and other flowers), christmas trees, etc.