I am looking for someone (or a couple) willing to do both farm and work for me personally part time in exchange for housing, land to use for farming, and use of equipment as well as cash wages. The individual or couple would need handy skills and ability to lift and do physically demanding work, as is common to farming and rural life. Experience farming is a plus, and experience with poultry and livestock would be great. This is not the right opportunity for someone interested in growing cannibis. A passion for the endeavor, complete trustworthiness, reliability and the ability to take responsibility, care for the land and community, and a level of personal compatibility (given proximity of living quarters) are also essential.
This is the first year of commercial farming operations. The next few years will continue to require attention to infrastructure and soil. My goal is to improve the quality and quantity of garlic while trialing other food crops and medicinal herbs and wildcrafting to find viable crops. My focus is on dry farming, and finding crops that not only grow well here but are needed and profitable. Ideally, I will be certified organic
My long-term goal focuses on stewardship of this beautiful land, and development of perennial crops that will make this operation sustainable financially.
About 1/2 acre is in production for garlic and dry beans. There is a 22' x 48' movable high tunnel, currently planted in cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. A 70' x 30' fenced garden provides for experimental crops and personal food growing. There are several acres of pasture land suitable for tillage or raising animals or both; currently two ponies rotate through much of this pasture April through November.
The clay soil is generally acidic to neutral. The untilled portion has invasive weeds as well as intermediate wheat and good forage grasses, and benefits from the addition of organic matter. For intensively farmed areas a soil test has been done and amendments added last fall, but even the addition of aged manure or compost alone has resulted in areas fertile enough for tomato production, for instance. No irrigation rights and not all tillable land has good water access.
In addition to the cabin I live in, there is a large barn and two other buildings, which are currently used for starting plants, curing garlic, and general storage and workshop areas. One building has a unit that can be converted to an apartment for on-site housing, and there is also a site with hook-ups that could be used for a mobile unit or tiny house.
Two tractors, a 31 HP Kubota and a 23 HP John Deere, including implements (rotary tiller, augers, mower, scraper, brush hog, wood chipper, etc.) can be used subject to agreement on safe and appropriate use and maintenance. Other hand tools can be shared. There is also a lumber mill.
No irrigation rights. Water is limited to 5,000 gallons/day for the full property including all uses (household, etc.). Rainwater catchment could be utilized, though infrastructure does not now exist.
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