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First:

Phillip

Last:

Niles

Co-Applicant / Spouse:

Rebecca

Email:

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Past and present farming experience:

For the past three years we have raised meat rabbits on a large-scale operation (150-200 head). This operation includes an automatic watering system throughout the barn, which we designed ourselves, as well as a waste collection system. Additionally, this year we began bagging and selling the manure, which has been greatly beneficial to our farm.

Additionally, we raise coturnix quail for both eggs and meat, as well as chickens and ducks for the same purpose. This year we have also added angora rabbits, which we use for the fiber.

This is our third year raising hogs, which we currently raise on woodland.

Counties being considered:
  • Cumberland County
  • Oxford County
  • York County
Types of enterprises considered:
  • Apple/Fruit
  • Beef
  • Berries
  • Dairy (cows)
  • Goats
  • Hay/Forage
  • Hogs
  • Livestock
  • Nursery
  • Pasture
  • Poultry
  • Row Crops
  • Vegetables
Total Acres Desired:

10+

Tillable Acres:

2

Acres in Pasture:

6

Acres in Pasture:

6

Organic:
  • Doesn't matter
Farm structures needed:
  • Barn(s)
Arrangement(s) considered
  • Standard Sale
  • Owner-Financed Sale
  • Lease with Option to Buy
  • Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
  • Joint Venture with eventual sale
I am interested in farms with Conservation Easements:
  • Maybe (Please send me information)
Here is a summary of the vision for my farming future and/or business plan:

Excerpt from full business plan (available): “Dragonfly Family Farm is a sustainable farm that prides itself on the humane care of its livestock. Our objective is to provide quality products that our customer can rely on for consistency. We focus on customer’s who value local farms, the way of life, and what they offer to the community in fresh products. Our customers will know where their product comes from; they are able to develop a relationship with our farm; therefore, they feel connected to us. They feel like they are a part of what we are building. It’s about connection and listening to our customers-listening to their needs. It’s about listening to what’s happening in their life. We find the true value in our farm is within the relationships we build with people. We want a customer for life, and this can only be accomplished through the nurturing of a relationship that occurs over time.”