Bob Whitmore

I have been running a CSA farm near Stittsville, Ontario for the past seven years on rented land. I am looking for farmland to purchase in the Ottawa/Perth/Kemptville area upon which we can build a house.

Experience

I have previous professional experience in fundraising, event coordination, volunteer coordination, and advertising sales. Several years professional experience in front-line healthcare. Excelled in long distance running, and spend time wilderness camping and playing music.

Most recent off farm employment experience as clerk in high end specialty produce store.

Partner(s)

I am the sole proprietor of our current farm, my partner of 15 years is committed to the project but presently pursuing a professional career. Her family has background in grain farming in Saskatchewan.

Farm vision

As our current (rented land) farm grows, we are taking the first steps to move to a permanent location somewhere between Ottawa (our customer base) and Kingston (where my family is).

Our prefered area would be near a small community such as Perth, Balderson, Lanark, or Smiths Falls.

The farm I interned on produced vegetables in small half acre plots separated by hedgerows, ponds, etc. I consider this model ideal, so we do not require a "5 acre square".

A mix of hedgerows/woodlot, pastures and drained bottom land is preferred, though many options may be considered.

Relationship with farm owner

During the transition period, we will require some custom work for developing the land.

We intend to build our own house on this property, and would like to source some work locally (plumbing, electrical, etc).

I have experience using pastured pigs to clear land.