Listing Information

Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partners

General college degree, General farming (over 3 years)

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 run the Pumpkins for the Pov program, an annual fundraiser for the Poverello Center selling jack o' lantern pumpkins at five different locations around Missoula including the Good Food Store, Rattlesnake Gardens, The Trough, the YMCA and Imagine Nation Brewery. In 2018 we generated more than $30,000 in sales and donations to support the Poverello Center in its mission to feed, shelter, provide job training and help Missoula's homeless population toward having permanent work and shelter. I am personally responsible for all aspect of the farming operation which currently occur on 1.5 acres of city land just off Mullan Road. Due to the success of the program we have outgrown our current site and are looking for a 3+ acre site from which to run the program in the coming years.

Prior to creating this program I was a mixed vegetable organic farmer in the Seattle area for five years where I started a CSA program that grew to more than 500 customers, employed more than a dozen people and farmed more than ten acres.

Counties

Missoula

Acreage

1-5

Type of Operation

Vegetable

Farming Practices

Conventional

Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.

Our program grows jack o' lantern pumpkins for sales in the month of October. I am personally responsible for field prep, planting, fertilizing, irrigation and weed management. Harvesting is done by a team of volunteers in mid-September. Pumpkins are stored off-site. In previous seasons I have performed mechanical weed management with a Farmall 140 cultivating tractor and spot spraying where necessary. We conduct soil tests annually and amend as necessary. We have used both organic and conventional amendments. On a 3+ acre site we would rotate growing areas using a rye/clover cover crop in fallow fields every third year.

Transition Arrangements

Buy/Sell, Lease

Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:

none