Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersFarm/Crop management (3 years or less), Informal apprenticeship, General college degree, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:work in conservation and finance
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.My partner and I are currently working on Lower Crossing Farm, where I am the garden manager and she is the Livestock Manager. I am managing a 1.5 acre vegetable garden and she is responsible for the daily care of 250 chickens, 40 pigs, and 25 cattle, all of which are rotationally grazed. The farm is 110 acres. Our products are sold through CSA shares and at the Clark Fork Farmers Market. We also do custom butchering and supply the Take It Or Leave It food truck.
CountiesFlathead, Lake, Lincoln, Missoula, Sanders
Acreage11-40, 41-100, 101-500
Type of OperationHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.We would like to have a diversified farming operation with multiple kinds of livestock (potentially chickens, pigs, cattle, yak, others) as well as a vegetable/flower garden. We would also eventually like to eventually develop a fruit and nut area, with a mix of berries, fruit trees, and nut trees. We plan on marketing our products though farmers markets, wholesale accounts (restaurants, etc), and online sales. We believe in using regenerative organic farming practices. We would be intensively managing all animals on pasture to mimic a healthy grass-based ecosystem. All of our produce growing practices would be organic as well.
Transition ArrangementsBuy/Sell, Cropshare, Lease, Partnership, Open to other arrangements
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainWe would be open to a lease-to-own arrangement as well, or another creative option that would allow us, as capital-poor young farmers, to become more independent.
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:We are still relatively new to the area, so "local knowledge" would be greatly appreciated. We have also never taken out a major loan, so any help in that process would also be very helpful.
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