Farmer Profile for Julie Sharp

Experience

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience:

Four years working part-time on a rotationally grazed beef farm. Five years raising meat and layer chickens on a small scale. More than 20 years working on horse farms, riding and training horses, and teaching horseback riding.

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?:

Beef

What other enterprises are you considering?:

Livestock
Pasture
Poultry

The Land

Total Acres Desired:

40.0

Tillable Acres:

0.0

Forested Acres:

0.0

Acres in Pasture:

40.0

Organic:

No

Infrastructure

Farm Structures Needed:

Barn(s)
Other Housing
Storage

Farmhouse Needed:

Yes

Equipment Needed:

Permanent perimeter fence, water supply in pastures, gator or other utility vehicle, cattle handling facility.

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

Maximum sale price you are willing/able to pay:

$450,000

Maximum monthly rent you are willing/able to pay:

$2,500

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 am working right now to finalize a business plan. I have a completed budget, projected cash flow , and projected income statement. My farming goal is to sequester carbon into the soil, increase biodiversity, and improve soil health and water quality while producing high quality beef and eggs in a system that prioritizes animal welfare, reduces fossil fuel use, and strengthens human relationships in the local community. My secondary goal is to share this system of food production with others. My business will offer guided horseback tours of the pastures and the opportunity for guests to participate in the daily chores of the farm. The tours will be focused on ecological education. Guests will learn about the environmental and social benefits of my production system, and they will have an opportunity to buy beef and eggs on the farm.

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