Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersOther experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:Equine assisted mental health, equine specialist, equine permaculture
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 currently work with horses and use horses in my mental health practice to treat women and veteran's struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and trauma.
Counties of interestFlathead
Planned OperationLarge Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.I am interested in Silvopasture (is the practice of combining forestry and grazing of domesticated animals in a mutually beneficial way. Advantages of a properly managed silvopasture operation are enhanced soil protection and increased long-term income due to the simultaneous production of trees and grazing animals.) along with my horse breeding program. Equine permaculture is relatively new concept in the permaculture design world; it brings like minded horse people that want to learn about the principles and implementation of permaculture design and other sustainable farming strategies on their own properties. Australia has created an unique equine permaculture program and training helping to improve horse and pasture management and improving soil conservation, water management and horse health and welfare. I am interested in developing tree fodder systems for North America climate that can deliver additional benefits such as shelter, soil conservation, rough timber and habit.
Land TenureBuy/Sell, Lease, Partnership, Open to other arrangements
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainI am willing to be flexible and open to alternative business arrangements. I would be most interested in some type of long term lease, lease purchase agreement or contract for deed.
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:I am really interested in learning and promoting equine permaculture in the United States. There is very little information about integrating horses and permaculture practices here - how do we design properties that are sustainable for farming and meet the requirements for equine health and welfare i.e creating track systems for horse inter-planted with food producing plants etc?
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