Counties of interestMissoula
Planned OperationLarge Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Dairy, Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard
Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersInformal apprenticeship, General college degree, General farming (over 3 years)
Land TenureBuy/Sell, Cropshare, Lease
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 grew up on a small, diversified farm (40 acres) and have held several internships and employed positions on similar farms since. I'm happy to go into greater detail and would prefer to do so in real time via zoom or in-person visit.
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.I'm considering crops and markets currently. One model that has always excited me are u-pick farms. Such farms give community members an opportunity to connect deeply with their food and environment. If you are a landowner seeking a farmer, consider that u-pick farms are by their nature very public spaces, requiring parking, and potentially outhouses. I'm interested in designing a farm to accommodate that dynamic, and that ALSO respects and maintains the privacy of property residents and neighbors.
I would like to keep at least a few animals. Having the option to maintain a small dairy herd (goats or sheep) would be ideal, though that's not my target right now. I would appreciate finding a landowner that could be flexible as I try on different crops in the process of building a thriving farm business. Considering that animals play a minor or major role in my farm business, onsite housing would be ideal.
I'm interested in experimenting with land management methods that maintain (and ideally enhance!) biodiversity and soil fertility. These may include: habitat restoration, hedgerows, crop rotation, cover crops, intensive grazing, etc.