Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersFarm/Crop management (3 years or less), Informal apprenticeship, General college degree, 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.My partner and I embarked on a two+ year journey begining in 2017, traveling across the US, working /volunteering on farms (primarily through wwoof & attra). We've worked on over two dozen farms, including a 6 month stay at a 40 acre goat dairy mix veggie farm, 3 months at an apiary and several one months stays at farms ranging from thousand of dollar/ week organic vegetable operations on 100+ acres to a variety of animal husbandry operations, some on as little as 6 acres. Our farm experience prior to our journey was limited, yet skills we've individually been developing for much of our adult lent well to much of the farming responsibilies we've experienced. My partner is highly skilled mechanic, has professional and hobby experience with heavy equipment, and is a professional carpenter by trade. I have a degree in food science and nutrition, skilled in natural fermentation preservation, love to cook, food prep and harvest and was a full ride athlete throughout college. We both love animals, being physical in nature and have a passion for healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
Counties of interestAnaconda-Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Big Horn, Blaine, Broadwater, Butte-Silver Bow, Carbon, Carter, Cascade, Chouteau, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Fergus, Flathead, Gallatin, Garfield, Glacier, Golden Valley, Granite, Hill, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lake, Lewis & Clark, Liberty, Lincoln, Madison, McCone, Meagher, Mineral, Missoula, Musselshell, Park Livingston, Petroleum, Phillips, Pondera, Powder River, Powell, Prairie, Ravalli, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sanders, Sheridan, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Teton, Toole, Treasure, Valley, Wheatland, Wibaux, Yellowstone
Acreage6-10, 11-40, 41-100, 101-500
Planned OperationHay & Forage, Grain, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Dairy, Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Farming PracticesOrganic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.We are committed to sustainable farming that promotes soil health and the health of surrounding ecosystems, yet does not necessarily have to be certified organic. We wand to be able to sustain our own food supply and additionally that of participating friends/family, as well as the local community. We know that ruminants will be in our future, the type and number simply depend on what the environment best supports. Both dairy and meat will be utilized, especially for cheese and charcuterie production. Chickens, ducks and pig will almost certainly be apart of our strategy, again to what degree depends on environment, personal and community demand. Obviously vegetables, likely in both open air and greenhouse production. Perennials, especially grapes for wine. Orchards, for hard apple cider (for self, friends and fam) and nuts for pigs. Also given my partners skills in home construction, lumber is a highly desired crop. Additionally with our combined experience in rentals and hospitality, a B&B operation is certainly on the table.
Elaborate on the farming practices you plan on using.We desire to show respect to the animals and vegetation that feeds us by means of improving the land through crop rotation, pasture management and composting. The less abrasive cleaners, unatural fertilizers and aggressive tilling the better. A mixture of food forest, raised beds and green houses permanent and movable. Electric therefore movable fencing is a likely strategy. Cover cropping, mulching and wood chips will certainly be apart of our farming process.
Land TenureBuy/Sell, Cropshare, Partnership, Open to other arrangements
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainWe're interested in exploring a living trust relationship
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:We're hoping to find farmers that know the specifics of their lands microclimate. Will share the farms successes as well as failures with us. That hope to form a unique partnership with determined early 30 year olds hoping to one day be able to call themselves experienced farmers.
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