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Young farmer describes his arrangement with landowner

publication date: Jan 1, 2001
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My partner, Rachel Bynum, and I were interested in starting a farm.  After several years of working for Chip and Susan Planck at Wheatland Vegetable Farms in Purcelleville, Virginia, we thought we knew enough about growing and selling vegetables to do it as our only job and enjoy it (we were right).  Unfortunately, the more we learned about mortgages and land values, the longer we put off starting our farm.  We knew there was a huge demand for fresh vegetables in northern Virginia, but the people creating that demand also raise the property values to the point where we  couldn’t afford to live close enough to direct market.
   Luckily, a man named Cliff Miller phoned us and asked if we wanted to start a farm on his land with his support.



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