Farmer Profile for Beth Beatrice

Co-Applicant / Partner Name:

Beth Beatrice

Experience

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience:

I have a garden and laying hens in the suburbs. My daughters and I are interested in working together as farmers. Our youngest daughter is age 20 and works as an agricultural intern at Greenacres in Indian Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio. She has worked both in the gardens/ greenhouses and with livestock. Our eldest daughter is married with children and has chickens and a garden as well. I have always wanted to farm, and my last 18 months of working in an office has helped me to know, more than ever, that I really want to be working outdoors with animals and garden. I have spent many years learning about regenerative agriculture an farms by watching videos, and purchasing a library of farm and homestead related books. I have been especially inspired by the French farmers of La Ferme du Bec Helloin, by Richard Perkins of Sweden, by Joel Salatin, by Beth and Sean Dougherty of Ohio, by "Doug and Stacy Off Grid" and many others. I homeschooled our 5 children, and at age 57, would love to finally get farming with my dear daughters. My husband is a self-employed handy-man. We are registered to attend the Homesteaders of America Conference in Virginia in October 2021.

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?:

Pasture

What other enterprises are you considering?:

Apple/Fruit
Beef
Berries
Dairy (cows)
Flowers
Goats
Grains
Greenhouse
Hay/Forage
Herbs
Hogs
Livestock
Maple Sugaring
Pasture
Poultry
Sheep
Vegetables
Woodlot

The Land

Total Acres Desired:

15.0

Forested Acres:

5.0

Acres in Pasture:

10.0

Organic:

Yes

Infrastructure

Farm Structures Needed:

Barn(s)
Greenhouses
Milking Facilities
Other Housing
Shop
Storage

Farmhouse Needed:

Doesn't matter

Equipment Needed:

I've checked off farm structures above, but we don't have to have all of them.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure Arrangement Considered:

Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a Year or More
Lease with Option to Buy
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.:

We do not have a business plan yet. We are interested in having between 15 - 80 acres. We would like to produce much of what we eat on our farm, eventually, much like a homestead. However, we'd like to produce more than we need in order to sell the surplus. We would begin with greenhouse, garden, laying hens and pastured poultry. We would be interested in adding in dairy and beef cattle, and pastured (forest-raised) pigs. My husband is interested in aquaponics. We are wanting to raise food organically, with no GMOs, regenerating the soil and farm resources. In time, the goal is to raise most of our own animal feeds, and to limit the outside inputs needed, especially thanks to the information/ work of Ohio farmers and authors Shawn & Beth Dougherty.