Counties of interestGallatin
Planned OperationHay & Forage, Large 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 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:Cattle rancher in Western NC, Northern AZ
Land TenureBuy/Sell, Cropshare, Lease, Partnership, RSA Grass Link, 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 recently been accepted and admitted to Montana State University. I heard about this program from the Sustainable Food Systems department at the university. My partner and I are full time farmers who have been farming our entire lives. We are in transit right now preparing to make the move to Montana in March of this year. In that meantime we are staying with family in New Hampshire. We have spent the last 5 years in Western North Carolina. I was a Farm Director/ Farm Instructor for Appalachian State University as well as a full time student enrolled in their Agorecology program. My partner is a Sustainable Food Systems and Community Outreach Undergrad graduate from Appalachian State University, and we both have worked for a varietey of NPO's, CSA's and farm related businesses. Along with working with other businesses, we had our own very successful small LLC in Ferguson NC, called Bub's Provisions. We were featured in 4 local restaraunts for our beef and poultry products as well as 2 grocery stores for our homegrown berries and fruit tree products. We were also apart of a regional food hub based out of Boone, NC. We decided to make the move because of our desire to farm in a
Acreage1-5, 6-10, 11-40
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.We plan to keep our Pineywoods cattle herd at a max of 3 individuals for now. These cattle are being trained to be small homestead cattle and dairy cattle. We have also taught them basic pulling and draft skills to hopefully use them as work animals in the future. Our plans are to breed them annually and keep on offspring for beef and selling the other two animals. We plan to mainly focus our efforts on fruit/and nut trees, seasonal and season extension crops and permaculture/organic growing. We would also like to focus more on producing quality compost and biochar products for our local community.
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainWe are interested in co-ops, communal living, CSA's and other regional food hub arrangements. We would also be interested in doing rotational grazing with our cattle alongside fruit orchards or solar grazing in solar fields.
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:We would love to learn more about our local market and how to better serve it. As a Native American myself, I want to learn how to serve underserved communities and to grow in a traditional way and practice traditional ecological knowledge in my agriculture.
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