Counties of interestAnaconda-Deer Lodge
Planned OperationSmall Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersInformal apprenticeship, General farming (less than 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training: The Silver Fork Lodge in Brighton Utah. Sun Valley Idaho energy food systems activist . Farming and Ranching small business courses WSU UofI
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.Developing an affordabe housing project on land I own in Phillisburg Mt . 407 North Montgomery . TO then turn the proceeds of that into developing agricultural infrastructure for the food desert that exists here in our larger area . Anaconda Butte to Drummond Turah . And establish small producers in the areas most affected by foods scarcity as our area has an aging population with no transportation options for elderly residents .
Farming PracticesOrganic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.Food staples , root vegtables and hot house food items with ornamental baskets of flowers for high return on mark up ( we have a private market for these in Whitefish Mt Iron Horse Housing development residences ) Expanding the business to include employee ownership. ALso working with State agencies to provide land for food production that prison labor and people transitioning from prison would have a job. ( Deer Lodge ) Already contacted State Hospital on land lease potential .
Elaborate on the farming practices you plan on using.Created soil Green house , elevated beds , organic , regenerative , pollinator friendly bio diversity . Rehabilitating a wetlands in order to hold water on the land and keep as much of an integrated " wild area " around the green houses .
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainLooking for partners who want to sell local produce and or "cottage items" like lasagna , enchilada's from local producers sold frozen . Commercial kitchen partnership and producer partnership to create and sell Montana food products locally and to higher end export markets. . This would be a non profit , putting the profits into creating infrastructure and access . ( Little "sheds " to drop food off in in say Turah , where people who order have the code on the door handle to pick up a weekly food order . Include food banked items as well )
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:Identify potential partners and existing infrastructure , and possible producers who are local . Montanans have a right to agricultural integrity and preservation . This is a unique vehicle to. build in future price stability for essential crops ( potatoes , carrots , lentils etc ) produced locally .
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