Listing Information

Counties of interest

Lake, Missoula, Ravalli

Planned Operation


Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partners

Agriculture-related college degree, Farm/Crop management (over 3 years), General college degree, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training

Land Tenure

Buy/Sell, Lease, Partnership, 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 am currently employed as natural resource economist specializing in agricultural economics, but my prior experience includes 10+ years of agricultural work on small (1-2 acre) and medium (10-20 acre) farms, ranches, and orchards, as well as a position as an organic certification specialist. I received a BA in Env. Studies focused in sustainable food and farming from the University of Montana, and an MS in Horticulture from Washington State University in 2022. Through my research I managed a ~2 acre cider apple orchard, and assisted in establishing (grafting, planting) an additional 1 acre of cider apples in the spring of 2022.

Below is a link to a presentation I gave on the cider research before and during my time at WSU:



Farming Practices


Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.

Since finishing my Master's program, I've been excited to begin establishing cider apple trees with the intent to both distribute the crop to local cideries and create a small-batch cider business. While the cider business is several years down the road, I want to get the trees in the ground as soon as I can to set myself up for a supply of fruit looking 3-5 years ahead. My goal is to purchase dwarfing rootstock from a nursery, source grafting material from nearby operations I have established connections with over the past few years, and plant heirloom cider cultivars specifically grown for use in cider making. I plan to establish 1 high-density acre initially, potentially expanding to a maximum of 5 acres as time and space allows as I will retain my full time job. I have experience in managing cider apples organically and with USDA Organic regulations, and am interested in eventually certifying this orchard.

If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explain

Ideally I would like to buy the land for this orchard at some point, and a lease-to-own scenario would be the ideal option. Alternatively, I would be willing to enter in to a long term (10+ year) lease agreement as I'm wary of the fact that establishing a perennial crop is a substantial financial commitment.

Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:

Information regarding financing and lease arrangements would be extremely helpful, as my official knowledge of these practices is limited to experience in Washington.

Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:

I am currently employed as an agricultural economics consultant conducting market analyses, assessments, and feasibility studies for agricultural industries in and around Montana.