Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersFarm/Crop management (over 3 years), General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:Currently Self-employeed
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 have been running Backcountry Science LLC, a geological consulting company for now over 6 years. I have experience with the management of a successful company and after now doing private gardening/hop production for self use. I want to take that passion for farming and make it my career. I am mostly self-taught when it comes to gardening and "hobby" farming. I have given the surplus of wildflowers, tomatoes, and hops to my friends and family, as gifts. I have a passion for growing, maintaining, and sharing the fruits of my hard work. I have volunteered at as many local u-pick farms in the Missoula area and have talked with farmers to get a better grasp on the in and outs of owning and operating a commercial farm. I grew up on my grandfathers(deceased) farm in Iowa. I know the dedication and hard work needed to make a successful farm business. His farm had a soy, corn and hog while I was growing up and I would help in the summers with general operation. I would also help with general book balancing and financing. I will continue to educated myself through Online training/workshops. I was in 4-H throughout my childhood.
Type of OperationVegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.Whistling Sage LLC is an exciting new Montana based, female led- family owned agricultural company. We are focused on growing, harvesting, and providing regional families and business with nutritious produce, mushrooms, and wildflower arrangement. Whistling Sage LLC is based on the fundamental principles of conserving natural resources, limiting our carbon foot print, being good land stewards is vital for a healthy community. Owner Sarah Sue Duffy has a lifelong love of growing and being community involvement. It is very important for her to meet the growing needs of our community. Whistling Sage LLC is a start-up grower of various fruits and vegetables, mushrooms and wildflowers.
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainOwner financing
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:I am currently seeking financing through FSA. I also have a website that I put together for my "winter business" and farm. www.whistlingsage.com
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