Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersAgriculture-related college degree, Farm/Crop management (3 years or less), General farming (less than 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.For over five years, I've shared in the leadership of an organization that focuses on building rural vitality through sustainable food and farming systems development. I manage programs, provide technical assistance, supervise staff, and facilitate organizational development.
For over a decade, I have worked within this sphere in various roles, from food systems professional to farmhand to contract agricultural writer. In 2007, I worked as an on-site apprentice at an organic family farm feeding over 200 families through CSA shares. In 2010, I spent a summer and fall as an intern at the University of Montana's PEAS Farm. In 2013, I worked as a co-manager of a small, diversified farm that used no synthetic inputs to manage 160 acres of wild lands, fields & pasture. Since then, I have maintained large gardens and participated in very small-scale flower sales/donations.
I am also wrapping up my second term (four years) as a board member of AERO, a statewide non-profit focused on supporting a sustainable future for Montana, particularly through helping farmers and citizens to support sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.
Type of OperationVegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Farming PracticesOrganic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.I will grow herbs, fruits, vegetables, and flowers and focus on perennial varieties whenever possible. Established perennials would be ideal, but are not necessary.
Additionally, I hope to explore small scale grain growing and fiber opportunities that include broomcorn (sorghum), hemp, and flax. In the future, I may want to explore fiber farming via small animals, but that is lower on the priority list.
Having lived in very rural settings, I have realized how much I appreciate the ability to walk and bicycle as my primary modes of daily transportation. Although I know it is a difficult, but not impossible task, my ideal farm would be within 2-5 miles of downtown Missoula. I am excited about the efficiencies that can be found on a small plot of land and continue to research the growing resources about building a sustainable business on this scale.