Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersInformal apprenticeship, General farming (less than 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:I have been a successful small business owner, a seed potato inspector for the MT Dept of Ag, and I am currently a driver for Fedex. My professional experience ranges from pharmacies and restaurants, to a variety of very physically demanding jobs.
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 was living on a farm outside Ronan for over 10 years where I had the opportunity for informal apprenticeship from a farmer who has over 50 years experience farming and ranching. He farms wheat, hay and alfalfa and had taught me about crop and pasture management, irrigation, weed and pest control. I've taken agricultural classes through Annie's project and the NRCS covering aspects of farming from financials, insurance, employee management and more. I have several mentors available to me that farm vegetables, medicinal and indigenous plants, and orchards as I've networked extensively within the local community.
I am also a seed potato inspector for the Montana Dept of Agriculture, and have developed contacts within the ag dept that are useful for my plans.
Counties of interestFlathead, Lake, Missoula, Sanders
Acreage1-5, 6-10, 11-40, 41-100, 101-500
Planned OperationHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Farming PracticesConventional, Organic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.Montana has an abundance of medicinal plants, almost half of the over 3000 identified medicinal plants are indigenous to our state as well as several hundred more that have been introduced in the past couple hundred years. Cultivating several of the most popular varieties for commercial use is one of my goals as well as vegetables, edible perennial's, berries, table grapes. and an orchard for markets and u-pick. I would also like to explore things like incorporating agri-tourism.
Elaborate on the farming practices you plan on using.I plan to use sustainable methods drawn from organic and permaculture practices that preserve farmland, don't damage nearby habitats and reduce, and hopefully eliminate, the need for outside resources like synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
I plan to have a small flock of sheep and pigs, which will be integrated for weed management, fiber, food and fertilizer.