Joe McCartin

Farmland Requirements

Type of Farm Operation

  • Dairy
  • Livestock
  • Field crops
  • Specialty crops

Size of Operation Desired

20

Are you seeking a farm that is currently in operation?

Yes

Infrastructure Desired

  • Equipment
  • Farm buildings
  • Housing
  • Livestock

Tenure Options Considered

  • Standard sale

Farmer Experience

Years of Farming Experience

1

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

We are a couple embarking on our second careers focused on sustainable farming.  While we don’t have a background in commercial farming, we both lived in farming communities growing up, and have been lifelong organic/sustainable gardeners .  Two of our adult children will also be joining our venture.  

Our ideal opportunity will be a standard purchase of an existing operation somewhere in western Connecticut that incorporates both field crops and livestock.  Given we are just starting out, mentorship from the existing owners/operators would be a big plus. 

While not a hard and fast list, here’s our current “wish list”:

1.  Purchase 20-to-100+ acres preferably in Litchfield, Fairfield, or New Haven counties.

2.  Property soil and topography is suitable for a mix of field crops and livestock.

3.  Certified organic or organic eligible. 

4  Adequate electric and water -  pond, stream or other water access is a plus.

5. Road access suitable for Farm Stand or other retail/restaurant operation.

6. Barns, fences, infrastructure and equipment.

7. Year-round home/living space for 4 with ability to host 4+ additional family members.

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