This is a small parcel we’ve lived on for 6 years and hosted a small CSA on for 4. The CSA has moved on and we’re looking to find someone who can keep the beds in production and utilize the resource that’s there. Since we live and work on the property, any farmer would have to be a good fit personality wise, and thoughtful/flexible in terms of how their operation impacts our family’s personal space. We’re looking for a collaborator in terms of food production, with our side of the bargain including the land and the water, and possibly use of tools, and your side of it including time, expertise, and some vegetables.
Maintain the beds that have been broken and farmed for the past five years in productive, sustainable food production. Increase soil fertility and organic matter. Encourage beneficial insects.
Promote community and neighborhood resilience; create a collaborative of small producers who are mutually beneficial; incorporate permaculture principles and adapt production for drought tolerance and climate change.
Orchard fruit (apples, pears, quince, cherries, plums) and berries (currants and cane)
hoophouse production of (mostly) summer vegetables
small scale annual vegetable production for personal use and preserving
8-10 GPM; existing beds have supply to them and were irrigated with drip and mini-spray on timed rotation; the water straight out of the well has a lot of iron in it, but is free of nitrates and heavy metals, which we test for regularly.
clay loam; drip line and mini-spray; 5-8 gallons/minute
pole/storage barn; crop washing and refrigeration barn with limited cool room and refrigerator space
hand tools: digging spade and fork; hoes; broad fork; shovels; post hole digger; wheel barrow; etc.
power tools: weed whacker; blower; hedge trimmer; chain saw
tractor: 23 horsepower diesel JD 2100 with bucket, tiller, and belly mower
EFU zoning; Barn is an Ag. building which limits use as a workshop or public gathering space;
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