Silas Doyle-Burr
Silas Doyle-Burr
Economics (Business, Asian Studies)
Current Job:
Owner/general manager at Last Resort Farm
Current City:
Monkton, Vermont
Post Graduation:
English teacher/guide, Shanghai, China, Agribusiness consultant, Beijing, China
Activities while at Skidmore:
Member, Integrity Board, Study abroad, Shanghai University

Quick Pitch

I know of a number of other T'breds out there who are now also farming, and each of us has taken a different path to get to where they are. There’s no one answer on how to start farming, but as with many industries, gaining experience and finding a niche are keys to success. Agriculture is a competitive field with less than 2% of the population working as full-time farmers, so be ready to work hard physically and mentally because it’s competitive!

If you decide this is your true calling, I recommend first working for well-established farms before starting your own. From there you can learn what works, what doesn’t, and possibly develop a niche or opportunity to start a business of your own.


-Studied Mandarin intensively at Middlebury College in Summer of 2009

-Worked in China for two years

-Returned home and worked on family farm (Last Resort Farm) with a focus on expanding current markets and developing new ones

-At the same time took courses to make me a more well-rounded farmer in the sciences and trades: (botany, chemistry, welding, electrical, plumbing, mechanics, etc.)

-Took over as owner and general manager of Last Resort Farm in spring 2017