Rainfield Farm

Farm in New Carlisle, IN

Farm Facts

Type: Produce

Years in operation: 4

Annual revenue: 10k-50k
(Average over last three years)

Overview

The farm is a father and son operation utilizing 2.5 of the farm's 13 acres to grow produce. We also have a WWOOF'r that was promoted to apprentice and is receiving a salary this season. There are two WWOOF'rs from NY volunteering this summer as well. In addition to growing produce we have a flock of 75 hens for eggs.

Inside the Farm

How is your approach to farming different than other farms in the same category?
Our farm's fields are positioned on the property to minimally impact the natural landscape of rolling hills and pines. We practice organic growing standards and grow intensively yet responsibly similar to an urban farming model. This allows us to teach young farmers how to make a living off of a small amount of land and little need for heavy equipment.

How does your different approach contribute to a long-term profitable growth strategy for your farm and other small farms like yours?
The approach we take on the farm utilizes produce varieties that take up less room and grow quickly. When something is harvested then something new is planted quickly thereafter. Regardless if its another variety of vegetable or a cover crop there is always something growing. This allows us to constantly grow items for market or for the health food stores and restaurants. By following this model our profit per sqft is much higher than other farms.

How would you specifically use a Mortgage Lifter Lift or Mini Lift?
If we were awarded the Mortgage Lifter Lift we would use it to build a proper wash station, walk-in cooler, and refrigerated trailer for deliveries and the markets. We're currently spending many extra man hours cleaning and prepping produce in small sinks and limited drying racks and counter space. A proper wash station would allow us to be more efficient and a safer more organized working environment. We're currently storing produce in coolers and are limited to the amount we can load for deliveries and the farmer's markets. Having a walk-in cooler and refrigerated trailer will allow us to store produce more safely and allow us to take more product to the markets to satisfy the demand from our customers. It'll also prevent less food waste from produce stored in coolers that goes bad. If we were to receive the Mini Lift it would allow us to build a smaller walk-in cooler and make a few upgrades to the wash station.

Please share why you are so passionate about your farm and/or farming in general.
We started the farm because we found there was a need for locally grown organic produce in the area. Its been well received and fortunately our customer base is growing each year. Now having hosted over a dozen volunteers, interns, and WWOOF'rs we've been able to share our model and teach them about farming. Being able to show them that they can make a living off of a small amount of land has been rather rewarding. Our passion is still growing food but educating the next generation of farmers is something that has become very important to us.

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