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First:

Robert

Last:

Eckman

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Margaret Pounds

Email:

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Past and present farming experience:

We have a combined 15 years experience in mixed vegetable production, mostly at the 7-12 acre size, and are searching for the right land opportunity for our own fledgling business. For the past 2 years we've been operating our own small market vegetable business while working for another farmer growing specialty field crops. We have experience marketing produce through CSAs, farmers markets, farm stands, and direct wholesale, and have a solid fleet of our own equipment (tractors, implements, propagation etc.) Currently, we lease land from our employer, and sell mostly direct to customer. Our ideal land situation includes space for 4-10 acres of rotated vegetable production, AND/OR a much larger parcel (about 15-20 acres, up to 40+) for specialty field crops (heirloom beans, grain, and corn). We're looking to remain close to our current base (southern York county) to continue growing our own enterprise and our employer's bean and grain operation.

Counties being considered:
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Flowers
  • Grains
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbs
  • Row Crops
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

not important

Tillable Acres:

4+ would consider slightly smaller, and much larger

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Farm structures needed:
  • Storage
Equipment needed:

None, although we wouldn't turn down anything useful!

Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Long Term Lease
  • Lease with Option to Buy
I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Yes
Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

We're updating our business plan and will submit it when complete.