Counties of interestAnaconda-Deer Lodge, Big Horn, Broadwater, Carbon, Flathead, Gallatin, Granite, Jefferson, Lake, Lewis & Clark, Lincoln, Madison, Meagher, Mineral, Missoula, Park Livingston, Powell, Ravalli, Sanders, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland, Yellowstone
Planned OperationHay & Forage, Grain, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Dairy, Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
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:Business Associate of Applied Science Degree
Land TenureBuy/Sell, Cropshare, 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.For the past 2 ½ years we’ve been subsistence farming 8.5 acres in northern California with no irrigation, tons of undisclosed foundational problems, and no running water (irrigation or household) since July 31st. We must leave this property by the end of this year/beginning of next year. At this location, we have raised laying hens for eggs, pigs, beef cows, sheep, goats, rabbits, and turkeys for protein shares purchased by our local community that sustain our household. Due to our situation and upcoming relocation, we have significantly decreased our herd sizes, but are managing a very small collection of foundational stock that will be coming with us.
Brandy is our full-time farmer. She has a lifetime of farming experience; ranging from sustainable, hydroponic, fruit and nut orchards and market farming. She also has as much and as varied livestock stewardship experience; she is well versed in dairy (cow and goat), rabbit, pig, beef cattle, sheep, meat goat, chicken, and turkey (eggs and meat) stewardship and management. I'm happy to provide my professional resume and farming experience narrative for more specifics.
Acreage1-5, 6-10, 11-40, 41-100
Farming PracticesOrganic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.Our purpose is to provide our community direct access to field/farm fresh food, at first at local farmer’s markets and/or a roadside stand; building relationships that will grow into Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members. Roadside stand sales would be perpetual, but once we grow our CSA membership we can rely less on farmer's market sales and more on the diversity of the goods that the farm produces. This will allow us to provide our community access to a more complete diet of responsibly grown local goodness.
The Oasis Farm will be the community’s year-round source of responsibly grown produce and proteins. The farm will grow/ raise/ produce diversified vegetables, herbs, fruits, nuts, heritage eggs, heritage pork, goat, lamb, and rabbit year-round. Beyond the standard suite of vegetables, the farm will grow specialty herbs and produce value-added goods such as dehydrated rabbit pelts, dried/dehydrated herbs and vegetables, and seasonal preserves. The community will find our goods at local farmer’s markets and/or our roadside stand, and our farm members will receive weekly produce and protein shares through pick up at farmer’s markets or on the farm.