Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersInformal apprenticeship, General college degree, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:WSU Extension - Entrepreneurship and Business Planning Certificate
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 coordinate an refugee incubator farming project in Albuquerque, NM. It is one-acre and we use organic practices and work with multi-cultural participants using the acequia irrigation, furrows, greenhouse, hoop house and limited soil disturbance. I am responsible to teaching/finding people to teach technical assistance classes, such as master gardeners and local farmers to demonstrate apple harvest, botanical interests, seed saving, etc to have gardeners assimilate agriculture in New Mexico. I run the farmers market stand and we attend three different markets at any given time in Albuquerque. I work carefully with the New Mexico Farmers Market Association to allow our farm to be a roadside stand so we can accept food stamps and participate in the Double Up Food Bucks Program. I started a very small CSA to diversify how me can make profit on top of applying for large and small grants to keep growing our operation.
Counties of interestAnaconda-Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Blaine, Carter, Chouteau, Dawson, Fergus, Glacier, Golden Valley, Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, Mineral, Missoula, Petroleum, Phillips, Powder River, Ravalli, Sanders, Stillwater, Teton, Wibaux, Yellowstone
Planned OperationLarge Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.I would like to specialize in growing a variety of berries particularly raspberries in an u-pick scenario. As well, as a focusing on starting vegetables starts and flower/horticultural plugs in a greenhouse.
Land TenureCropshare, Lease, Partnership, Open to other arrangements
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