Karen Nagy

Farmland Requirements

Type of Farm Operation

  • Livestock
  • Field crops
  • Specialty crops
  • Other

Size of Operation Desired

3

Are you seeking a farm that is currently in operation?

Yes

Infrastructure Desired

  • Farm buildings
  • Housing

Tenure Options Considered

  • Short term lease
  • Long term lease
  • Partnership
  • Employment for a period of time then transfer ownership
  • Other

Farmer Experience

Years of Farming Experience

19

Are you currently farming?

Yes

Are you looking to farm full or part time?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Do you have a business plan?

No

Description

Main interest is in smaller scale operation that uses organic/regenerative/permaculture methods.  At this point I do not feel I can commit to full-time/overtime labor and work schedule needed for a large (for CT) scale profit producing operation that utilizes heavy machinery.  While I recognize the merit for power equipment at times I like to do things by hand and in cooperation with natural processes, for example would prefer to do heavy mulching with biodegradable  materials to control weeds and build/support soil over using some sort powered equipment/attachment.

Areas of interest (but open to consider others):  greens, vegetables, garlic, berries, orchard, nuts, elderberry, herbs, culinary mushrooms.  Would love to try agroforestry crops such as ramps. 

I have worked taking care of horses off and on for over 20 years, and various other farm animals including donkeys, chickens, sheep, goats - I strongly believe in respectful, considerate, and positive reinforcement approaches to care and training.  I have experience with grounds keeping, pruning, simple carpentry.  

I have two wethered goats (with horns) that can serve well to provide weed/brush control (they will actually eat poison ivy, young growth barberry and multiflora rose, bittersweet) and compost/mulch, a small number of coturnix quail that I was planning to increase and start selling eggs, and small group of silkie chickens (gotten to hatch the quail eggs).   I am looking for a place that could include housing.

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