Farmer Profile for Mary Santamour

Co-Applicant / Partner Name:

Joseph Santamour

Experience

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience:

My husband grew up working on farms (dairy and agriculture), so he is comfortable with larger animals and the machinery. We are just getting into raising laying hens and are interested in raising ducks, turkeys, and meat chickens. We want to have completely pasture-raised birds, with our focus on maintaining a healthy small farm, not trying to make huge profits. We are also possibly interested in raising pigs and beef cows at some point. We have two daughters, 10 and 8.

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
Beef
Christmas Trees
Hay/Forage
Hogs
Pasture
Sheep

The Land

Total Acres Desired:

50.0

Organic:

Yes

Infrastructure

Farm Structures Needed:

Barn(s)
Other Housing

Farmhouse Needed:

Yes

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
Standard Sale
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)