Looking for an experienced person/s to start a farming operation on our historic farm in Polk County, south of Independence. The overall farm is 24+ acres with a wide variety of micro climates. The soil is Class 1, Malabon silty clay loam. Irrigation from a well is available. The entire farm is zoned Exclusive Farm Use (EFU). The owner lives in the only house on the property.
On the property are two sites with growing beds for vegetables or other crops. (see below) On the property is a well maintained highly productive apple orchard with many historical apple varieties good for eating and cider making. There are also pear trees and a quince orchard on the farm. There are also other fruit and nut trees. There is a growing field of recently planted native flowers and nectar plants, an excellent site for bee hives, seed collecting and cut flowers. There is lots of room to expand the planting fields to grow seasonal and year round vegetables, flowers or other crops.
The farm is surrounded by hedgerows and many vernal ponds. The farm has been maintained as a no spray farm for decades. There are many native pollinators throughout the farm including a healthy bumblebee population. There are large seasonal flocks of barn and tree swallows and a year round bat population that provide natural excellent insect control. There is large variety of tree canopies throughout the farm that support nesting seasonal and migratory birds.
For vegetable growing. On the property are eight wooden sided raised beds; 60’ x 5’ x 3’ deep filled with a high soil mix of 70% sandy loam, 25% compost and 5% pumice ready for immediate use. The bottoms of each bed are lined with hardware cloth (wire mesh) for gopher control. These beds could be modified into long hoop houses. There are also 30+ other growing beds filled with compost, river bottom soil all well broad forked and kept weed free. The soil is friable. Many of these beds have berries, asparagus and other perennial crops. There are 5 foot wide grass paths between the beds that vary in size; 4′ x 8′, 4′ x 12′ & 4′ x 16′.
The person/s has an excellent opportunity to manage and market current 2019 crops from the farm and plant and grow additional crops for the 2019 season for a CSA operation, farmer‘s market and/or sales to the restaurant or the wholesale trade.
Irrigation is available for all growing beds and planting fields.
Willing to discuss partial use of farm such as only using the raised beds for a vegetable growing operation such as growing heirloom and market vegetables.
Utilize current growing crops and plant for the 2019 season. Willing to discuss partial use of farm such as the eight raised beds only for vegetables such as heirloom varieties.
A farming operation growing and harvesting a variety of crops.
Vegetable growing, fruit orchard, berries. Eight large raised beds and 30+ other beds for seasonal and perennial vegetables and berries.
From well that has been tested and is clean.
Class 1, Malabon silty clay loam throughout the farm.
Raised beds; soil mix 70% sandy loam, 20% compose @ 5% pumice.
Other beds soil, compost and regularly broadforked river bottom soil.
Variety of hand tools.
None. All zoned EFU
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