Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersAgriculture-related college degree, Farm/Crop management (3 years or less), Informal apprenticeship, General college degree, General farming (less than 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
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.Currently carpenter doing all aspects of new, custom home construction with Design Craft Builders LLC. My partner is an Assistant Ecologist at Montana Natural Heritage Program, focusing on wetland surveys and research. Currently farming roughly a 1/4 acre of mixed vegetable production, along with a custom built greenhouse for tomato and warm weather crops. Trying to incorporate a goat dairy operation and small chicken operation and are in the first year of beekeeping. We are located close to Hauser Lake in Lewis and Clark county. We currently have 13 chickens, and two goats. The two goats are not of milking age but are Saanen/Nubian crosses. This will be our first full year of growing vegetables as we moved to this location in May of last year.
CountiesBroadwater, Cascade, Gallatin, Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, Missoula, Ravalli
Acreage1-5, 6-10, 11-40, 41-100
Type of OperationHay & Forage, Grain, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Dairy, Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard
Farming PracticesOrganic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.Mixed vegetable production for a CSA or restaurant supply, possibly weekend farmers markets as well. Incorporate a small to meduim scale goat dairy operation, mostly for the production of artisan cheeses, soaps and skin care products. Diversify crops as much as feasible to create a consistent profit source, able to adapt to changing markets.
Elaborate on the farming practices you plan on using.I plan to use companion planting, in combination with organic amendment regiments to increase soil fertility. Mixed with manure from animal operations. Hoping to incorporate biodynamic preparations to add to soil fertility and seperate ourselves from the competition.
Transition ArrangementsBuy/Sell, Cropshare, Lease, Partnership
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:Business planning would ultimately help. While we have taken a course on small business. A walk through would help with the operation. A general idea of any specialized equipment, depending on the operation.
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Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:Permaculture certification