We have been doing various types of farming for the past few years and are looking for land to turn our hobby farm into the real deal. Our interests and work experience in good clean food, food justice, environmental stewardship, creating beautiful things, and hands on work brought us to farming. We’ve worked on farms ranging from 1/8 acre plots across Baltimore to 90 acres in rural Washington, and dabbled in many different techniques. Small farms and their practices have always appealed the most to us, especially in relation to growing for a local community and in a way that is environmentally beneficial. We hope to do a lot of work with perennials and long-term plantings, finding ways to marry permaculture practices with small farm level production. We also love to DIY our way through everything (both to our benefit and not sometimes) and enjoy all kinds of projects from seed saving and amendment brewing to canning and crafting with what we grow and forage.
We would like to find around 10 acres, though we only plan to farm up to 5. Our ideal would be to be on land that has native and un-farmed areas and possibly mixed use and multiple buildings/dwellings. We would be really interested in sharing land in an intentional community given the right mix of interests. Up to 2 acres would be rotationally used for annuals, though we do hope to focus on perennial orchards, shrubs, herbs, and florals.
- Water rights
- Some wooded area
- Less than 1 hr drive to marketable areas
- Southern exposure
- Existing housing or buildable area
Trevor: 3 Seasons at Calliope Farm: 2 seasons as farmhand (harvest, pack, tractor work, irrigation set-up, occasional delivery driver, 1 season as harvest manager (organizing and training new crew, overseeing quality and time management, economizing successions to estimate quantity of remaining harvestable product).
Kei: 2 seasons at a medium-scale vegetable farm, Calliope, that focuses on salad, tomatoes, and storage vegetables. Field crew, product packing, market team, and assistant managing seeding in the greenhouse. 1 year market sales, and mail-order sales at Burnt Ridge Nursery. Additional volunteer experience in flower farming with Hillen Homestead, native nursery work with Blue Water Baltimore, and occasional work with establishing several small community gardens around Baltimore, MD.
Both!: 2 years as owners of Cydonia Farm producing flowers, herbs, and vegetables at a farm-stand scale.
Establish a small scale market & wholesale farm while gradually introducing longer term plantings. We are currently most interested in cut flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs, specialty vegetables, and seed saving. We plan to do all of our growing organically, with minimal disruption (no-till as much as possible, site-specific plant selection, minimize added irrigation, etc), and using restorative practices. We aspire to running our business as close to zero waste and closed loop as possible, and love trying new things to make this happen (hello soil blocks!). Additional use of the land would include having a spot for a small house.
Our long term goals include establishing perennials in the forms of fruit & nut orchard, perennial cut flowers, food forests, medicinal perennials, restorative native plantings, and experimental floral farming. Further down the road we would be interested in doing some education or simply providing facilities for education, trial and learning gardens, and/or open studios.
Some farming practices we hope to learn about include companion planting, no-till, permaculture, wildlife friendly, greywater uses, making our own amendments, lunar farming, and fire-safe farming.
We are seeking land where we can establish for the long run, and while we don't need more than a spot for a trailer to start, we hope to someday build ourselves a small dwelling (or occupy an existing residence). Ideally we would be in a situation where there could be several people/families sharing the space & amenities.
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