Listing Information

Land Area

1-5 acres

Current Use

Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Fruit/Orchard

Current Practices

Other

Please elaborate on current farming/ranching practices

Rotation grazing of 15 head of Soay sheep, 2 horses. large kitchen garden.

Water Sources

Well, Irrigation system

Are water rights available to these sources?

Yes

What are the soil types on your property?

2/3rds former river bottom oxbow,

Onsite Housing

Yes

Please describe the available housing:

Yurt with electricity
Farmhouse

Structures/Equipment

Barn or shed for produce, livestock, or equipment storage, Animal pens, Other fencing, Greenhouse or Hoophouse, Irrigation equipment, Tractor or other tools, Electricity

Transition Arrangements

Cropshare, 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.

What kind of additional training/information would help you with the transfer process? Please check all that apply and feel free to elaborate below.

Other

Please elaborate on the additional training/information that would help you with the transfer process:

Lease templates and review.

Location