Land Area1-5 acres
Current UseLarge Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Fruit/Orchard
Please elaborate on current farming/ranching practicesRotation grazing of 15 head of Soay sheep, 2 horses. large kitchen garden.
Water SourcesWell, Irrigation system
Are water rights available to these sources?Yes
What are the soil types on your property?2/3rds former river bottom oxbow,
Please describe the available housing:Yurt with electricity
Structures/EquipmentBarn or shed for produce, livestock, or equipment storage, Animal pens, Other fencing, Greenhouse or Hoophouse, Irrigation equipment, Tractor or other tools, Electricity
Transition ArrangementsCropshare, Lease, Partnership, Open to other arrangements
Would you be willing to mentor or advise the entering farmer or rancher?Yes
Please elaborate on your willingness to mentor or advise the entering farmer or rancher:I've got a background in running a CSA for a couple years, lots of work on small acreage farms with livestock and vegetable production, and am currently working designing affordable sustainable housing.
Are you currently living on the farm or ranch?Yes
Do you intend to remain on the land?Yes
In your judgment, which crops/agricultural purposes are best suited to your land and which would you support on your land?Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard
Please summarize your long-term goals regarding your land:1.25 +/- acres just across Reserve on 3rd St. in Missoula. Approximately 1 acre available for agricultural lease. Currently rotational grazing Soay sheep with a chicken tractor. The soil is fairly good, although it hasn't been tested. The back pastures sit on an old oxbow from the river and the water table is fairly close to the surface. I have dug through 2 feet of topsoil there without hitting a rock. The property is zoned as county land even though it sits in the middle of the city, allowing for many options. There is a well for the house and a second well for irrigation. I currently irrigate with 400' of 1" pvc. There are options for living on site, either in a yurt, or a spare bedroom in the farmhouse I am rebuilding. There is a10'x20'x8' mobile greenhouse that I move around the property, although it sustained some damage in the 70 mph windstorm we had this summer and several parts of the metal frame needs a rebuild, although there are parts on site to finish that project. The cover needs minor repairs.
My focus for the land is working toward some basic permaculture concepts while providing sustainable, local market farming opportunities.