Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersGeneral college degree, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:The farm I currently work on is Lifeline Farm and I have been there for 8 months and am still there. The chicken farm was Spencer's Valley View Farm in Plains MT and I was there 7 months. The Honeybee operation was called Nature's Best Oregon Honey in Portland Oregon, and I averaged probably 25 hours a week for 3 years, and less than that for the other 2 years I worked there.
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 currently work as a farm hand at an organic dairy and beef ranch which also produces pork and eggs. I do a bit of everything
including milking, feeding, general animal care and basic doctoring of cattle, calf feeding and doctoring, mechanical maintenance,
fencing, tractor work, and anything else that needs to be done. I also am self-employed as an arborist on the side under the
name Dukes Fine Pruning (Dukefinepruning.com).
My previous ag experience:
Farm hand on a free range chicken egg operation. I was involved in just about every facet of the operation including feeding,
collection and candling of eggs, grinding feed, mechanical maintenance and repair of equipment, and anything else that needed
to be done.
5 years of part time work on a commercial honeybee operation. I was involved in nearly everything including field work with hives,
harvesting honey, tractor work, forklift work, loading and unloading semi-trucks, extracting honey, bottling, selling at market,
constructing hives, ect.
Acreage6-10, 11-40, 41-100, 101-500
Type of OperationHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Dairy, Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard
Farming PracticesOrganic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.A variety of methods including principles of holistic land management intensive grazing, permaculture, "beyond organic", etc. I will do anything that works on the land I farm as long as it is good for the land.
Transition ArrangementsBuy/Sell, Cropshare, Lease, Partnership, Open to other arrangements
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainI am just generally open to anything that works. My preferred arrangement would be a lease with an option to buy so that I
could test the viability of my plans, get to know the land, and then buy it if things were working well.