Carmen Black

Field Day: July 17, 2016 – Solon (2 – 5 p.m.)

Event Title: ZJ to Sundog: Sharing Knowledge and Passing on the Farm

County: Johnson

How Many Years Farming? 2

Acres in Production: 4-6 owned

CROPS

Crops Grown:

  • Vegetables

LIVESTOCK

Livestock Raised?

  • Sheep

FARM STRUCTURE & PROGRAMS USED

Any Farm Employees? Yes – 5 seasonal

Farm Organizational Structure: Sole proprietorship

Farm Conservation or Incentive Programs Used: Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

BUSINESS & MARKETING PRACTICES

Special Business Software Used?

  • Quickbooks

How are Crops Marketed?

  • CSA

Certified Organic? No

Other Background

  • Carmen and long-time vegetable farmer Susan Jutz, of ZJ Farm, have been working for the past year on a transition plan to transfer Susan’s diversified vegetable and sheep operation to Carmen.
  • In May 2016, Carmen officially took over Susan’s farm, operating as Sundog Farm.
  • Carmen has known Susan for much of her life: she grew up nearby, was friends with Susan’s children and had Susan as her 4-H leader.
  • Click here to learn more about Sundog Farm.