Counties of interestFlathead
Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersFarm/Crop management (over 3 years)
Land TenureBuy/Sell, Lease, Partnership
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 the owner operator of a successful organic vegetable farm in Kalispell, MT. I oversee all aspects of planning, infrastructure, production and sales for a 225 member CSA, 1 high volume farmer's market, a weekly farm stand, and partnership with local independent grocers. My farm is on a lease that doesn't have the option for me to buy the land, to own any structures I build on a concrete foundation (such as an updated packshed), or to build a permanent home for me and my children. The only reason I want to find a new farm is for longeevity and security of land ownership/and or a long term land lease. www.lowervalleyfarm.com to see more about the farm.
Acreage1-5, 6-10, 11-40, 41-100
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.To see my current farm you can visit www.lowervalleyfarm.com. I love small scale minimal tillage CSA farming and am passionate about a career in sustainable agriculture, being a leader in my community, and being an employer of integrity.
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainMy preference is land ownership. In part, because of the incredibly small amount of female farmers worldwide that are land owners. I would prefer that statistic to be going the other direction. Also, as a career farmer land ownership offers equity and security. That stated, I would be open to a cooperative relationship and conversation about a long term lease aggrement.
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:I am an experienced organic farmer of 8 years. I could absolutely use help with planning for moving my current farm and supporting myself and my three children while also earning a living wage and saving for retirement.
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