Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersGeneral 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 am an currently producing organic baby greens such as spinach, lettuce, arugula and kale for wholesale at local grocery stores and restaurants. I am looking for a longer-term site, whether through lease or purchase, that qualifies for immediate organic certification or is currently certified.
I currently grow on approximately two acres near Missoula and am looking for at least twice that amount of land to allow for crop rotations and cover cropping.
Prior to creating this business I was a mixed vegetable organic farmer in the Seattle area where I started a CSA program that grew to more than 500 customers, employed 12 people and farmed ten acres.
Counties of interestMissoula
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.My business operates year-round with the majority of the production happening May-October, but I continue producing spinach in high tunnels and caterpillar tunnels through the winter. I am personally responsible for all planning, field prep, planting, fertilizing, irrigation and weed management as well as harvesting, processing and packing.
I conduct soil tests annually and amend as necessary. On a 3+ acre site we would rotate growing areas using a rye/clover cover crop in fallow fields every third year.