Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersFarm/Crop management (3 years or less), Informal apprenticeship, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:Completed Internship at Growing Power in Milwaukee
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.Harvesting seed for The Native Seed Foundation, co-running a community beekeeping and food cart operation, establishing a local farming network via urban land conversion projects.
2016 - HerbCo, Organic culinary herb farm. Oahu,HI
Duties: Propagation of plants, nursery management, installing and maintaining drip irrigation, planting, weeding, harvesting, applying pesticide/herbicide.
2015 - Place of Gather, Sepp Holzer pilot project. Dayton, MT.
Duties: Rearing crops from seedling to harvest, establishing beds, vermicomposting, soil fertilization, maintaining hugelkultur beds, coordinating markets, looking after chickens.
2014 - Growing Power, Non Profit Urban farm, Milwaukee Wisconsin
Duties: Chickens, vermicompost and hot compost, aquaponics, mycological cultivation, Micro greens, sprout cultivation, infrastructure repair, farm tours, community education, volunteer coordination production, maintaining off-site greenhouses, establishing beds at community spaces. Propagation, planting, harvesting.
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-Rainbow Trader LLC
-Missoula Grain & VegCo
-10 years private practice
Counties of interestMissoula
Planned OperationVegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Farming PracticesOrganic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.I am attempting to establish a small chain of community-oriented organic mini-farms. My main focus is vegetable and vermicompost production, with my secondary focus in establishing long-term fruiting crops, developing methods for community education, and creating cohesion between the new site and our already-existing community beekeeping operations.
Although I would gladly work with land that is fertile and already prepared for farming application, I am eager to demonstrate techniques for raising crops regardless of space or setting. Damaged land, urban lots, and even cemented areas with water access are very desirable for this project.
One key element of the farm is that it is mostly modular, so that soil and equipment can be ferried to new locations if needed. Raising crops will be done with a combination of raised bed gardening (when allowable), container gardening (to maximize space), and soiless hydroponic cultivation.
Generating our own soil via processing commercial and private food waste is a central aim.
Sales will be oriented towards small markets, with with excess food either being processed into value-added products, or donated to local community functions.