Christopher & Wendy M.

Farmland Requirements

Type of Farm Operation

  • Field crops
  • Specialty crops
  • Other

Size of Operation Desired

10

Are you seeking a farm that is currently in operation?

Does not matter

Infrastructure Desired

  • Equipment
  • 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

5

Are you currently farming?

Yes

Are you looking to farm full or part time?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Do you have a business plan?

In progress

Description

We're an experienced, professional couple seeking a farm to operate our successful family-oriented nature and arts programs as well as a farm stand, CSA and more.
 

Christopher  is an experienced landscaper, farmer and property management professional with 25+ years of experience in indoor and outdoor property management, tree work, plowing, planting, property maintenance and much more. We are looking for housing and farm acreage to grow and sell, offer CSAs, create educational family gardening, sustainability, arts and nature-based  programming and possibly a wilderness preschool. 

As the lead Farm Manager, Christopher will oversee, maintain and manage all aspects of land care, planting, and crop maintenance.

Wendy will have the primary responsibility of the planning, coordination and implementation of all work and activities at the farm including planting schedules, programming, record keeping, community outreach, marketing, event planning, farm-to-table events, educational workshops, community partnerships, family programming and more. 

Christopher has over 30 years of hands-on experience, working as Garden Center Manager  for more than 10 years, running his own lawn care company for 10 years and for the last 20 years has worked in property management for a local municipality.

Wendy, as the business manager, will draw on her fifteen years of executive experience including five years in banking, seven years in marketing and ten years of experience in running community children and family programs. In addition, Wendy holds a B.S. in Child Studies, head teacher certification in early childhood education and more than 20 years of experience teaching children and youth. She also has 20+ years of experience in events management and nonprofits.  

Their passion for organic eating and healthy living was born out of a lifestyle change after Wendy was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive type of breast cancer in 2015. Now six years cancer-free, Wendy advocates for a healthful lifestyle by eating a mostly chemical-free diet, educating herself and others in eating locally grown food, and living an active, healthy lifestyle.

Their combined qualifications include the following:

  • 10 years of land care experience
  • 10 years as a landscape business owner
  • 10 years as a family-focused business owner
  • 7 years in marketing farm-related content
  • 5 years in backyard farming, 1 year in organic farming

 

Christopher’s skills include:

  • Managing labor teams and quality control
  • Communicating effectively between management and production teams
  • Planning, evaluating, and organizing plant production schedule
  • Maintaining updated plant inventory
  • Knowledge of safety policies and procedures regarding building and lawn maintenance, chemical applications, equipment and machinery

 

Wendy’s skills include:

  • CT Nofa Certified in Organic Land Care (In progress)
  • ServSafe® Certification (In progress)
  • Meticulous attention to detail, innovative, proactive approach
  • Positive attitude, high energy, strong leadership
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to motivate others
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships within the community
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Excel and Word
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

As hands-on, entrepreneurial, creative leaders, the Mitchells provide operational excellence through inspiring leadership, outstanding team development, and thoughtful financial management of the business.

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