Alan Pittman

Farmland Requirements

Type of Farm Operation

  • Field crops
  • Specialty crops

Size of Operation Desired

2

Are you seeking a farm that is currently in operation?

Does not matter

Infrastructure Desired

  • Farm buildings
  • Housing

Tenure Options Considered

  • Short term lease
  • Long term lease
  • Lease with option to buy
  • Partnership
  • Employment for a period of time then transfer ownership
  • Standard sale
  • Owner-financed sale

Farmer Experience

Years of Farming Experience

0

Are you currently farming?

No

Are you looking to farm full or part time?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Do you have a business plan?

In progress

Description

My grandparents operated a successful small-scale vegetable farm in West Virginia where I grew up. As a kid, I often helped them plant and harvest their crops. I grew up to become a journalist—writer, editor and photographer—but I've never forgotten my roots, and now my wife and two young kids are interested in making a significant lifestyle change to become small-scale organic market farmers. I've spent the past year intensively reading about the biologically intensive cropping systems and techniques of micro-farming pioneers such as Eliot Coleman and Jean-Martin Fortier. Their low-tech, high-yield methods are not unlike what my grandparents did. I'm clear-eyed about the hard work it takes, but this is something our family is excited to take on.

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