Colleen and Matthew Harrak

Farmland Requirements

Type of Farm Operation

  • Field crops
  • Specialty crops
  • Other

Size of Operation Desired

2

Are you seeking a farm that is currently in operation?

Yes

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

Farmer Experience

Years of Farming Experience

1

Are you currently farming?

Yes

Are you looking to farm full or part time?

  • Full Time

Do you have a business plan?

In progress

Description

 

About us:

We were burned out teachers who left the field and fell in love with farming. We taught in an agricultural community for many years and became interested in farming by way of our student's passion for it. We started looking into owning/starting a farm during that time, doing a lot of research. When we left teaching and moved our family back to Connecticut, Colleen was insanely lucky to find a job working on a fantastic organic farm with two masters of the art. I learned so much. During the winter months my husband and I worked for a non-profit delivering food from local Connecticut farms to schools and food banks utilizing CT DOAG programs. It was a wonderful opportunity that allowed us to quickly learn the marketing side of agriculture, as well as allowed us to see a wide variety of farms and the techniques they use. We made friends with many fantastic farmers that have been so supportive in teaching us a wide variety skills. We would love to continue our journey.

We are open to a wide variety of situations and are looking for the right fit. Since we are still learning my dream would be to work in partnership with an experienced farmer. We are very interested in organic farming techniques, winter farming utilizing high tunnels and hydroponic techniques, beekeeping, maple and potentially aquaculture. Housing would be a huge bonus to us as we have two children. 

I look forward to meeting you and hope we can all grow something beautiful and profitable together! 

 

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