Counties of interestAnaconda-Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Butte-Silver Bow
Planned OperationVegetable, Fruit/Orchard
Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersFarm/Crop management (over 3 years), General college degree, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:CFAC Planning for On-Farm Success Workshop Series
Land TenureBuy/Sell, Lease, Open to other arrangements
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 have worked on small scale, diversified vegetable farms in Missoula using organic practices for 7 seasons. The past 4 years I managed a 2.5 acre vegetable farm with a small orchard and some berry production. I also directed an on site employment program for teens living in group foster care, helping them build job and life skills as they work towards independence and prepare to age out of the foster care system. The main outlet for our produce was a 60 member, 18 week CSA pick up and donation to several community and family support organizations. In addition, I have two season of experience with specialty cut flower production.
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.I'm interested in starting a small scale, diversified vegetable farm with the possibility of berry, fruit and small animal production, depending on land tenure and location. I'm also interested in growing specialty cut flowers and culinary and medicinal herbs.
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:- Mentorship on soil building/management in high altitude, low organic matter regions
- Season extension infrastructure and strategies for harsh climates
- Agroecology in contaminated soils
- Opportunities for financing/grants
- Business management/planning
- Financial planning
- Community outreach and marketing