Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersInformal apprenticeship, General college degree, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:Raised on a sheep & alfalfa farm, experience in vineyards & orchards in Italy
Briefly describe your current occupation(s) and responsibilities and list previous agricultural employment and experiences. If you are currently farming or ranching, please state the size, type(s), and location of the operation.I am the wine director at The Dram Shop in Missoula. In addition to putting on a monthly wine tasting as well as wine ordering for the business, I bartend and take on various management responsibilities. I recently received a Cider certification through the United States Association of Cider Makers. I spend my summers working at least once a week at Paradise Gardens in Paradise, MT where I take on various responsibilities including harvesting and drying lavender, sowing seed & starts, weeding and other general farm activities. I have worked in vineyards in Italy as well as Sonoma, CA in the fields of harvesting, thinning and brix sampling. I have various forms of experience in orchard pruning, harvesting and upkeep. As a young gal I helped my parents care for a 60 acre alfalfa and sheep farm. I've developed a passion and dream to grow my own food, make my own wine and cider, grow sustainable flowers and take care of my community by loving what I grow and offer.
CountiesMissoula, Prairie, Ravalli, Sanders
Type of OperationVegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Farming PracticesConventional, Organic
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.I am interested in small scale vegetable production, apple, plum, apricot orchard development and a strong emphasis on flower farming. I entertain a dreamy possibility of vineyard development.
Transition ArrangementsBuy/Sell, Cropshare, Lease, Partnership, Open to other arrangements
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:I would really love more information about leasing, loans and other financial factors to help me facilitate my dream!