Mixed experience farmer looking for at least an acre to re-start my small business. I have a background in organic market farming, flower farming, fruit and nut tree nursery, native plantings and restorative landscaping. Currently operating as a solo, female run business looking to grow into a farmer-florist. I’m most interested in regenerative style farming that grows locationally and seasonally appropriate products for a local consumer base. I love hard-to-find produce and perennial floral items, and would love to be on mixed use land where the selected plantings benefit the native ecosystem and vice versa.
-Water for irrigation & packing, preferably some irrigation infrastructure in place
-Room to build a small packing area
-2 seasons at a medium-scale market farm of about 30 acres. Greenhouse lead, farm hand (planting, harvesting, & packing), market setup & salesperson.
-1 season arranging bouquets to order for a flower farm at the Olympia Farmer's Market.
-1 year Olympia Farmer's market sales for a fruits, nuts, & native plants nursery.
-2 seasons running a (very) small farm for CSA and farm stand sales.
-On & off volunteering with harvest at several farms, flower and vegetable.
I would like to restart my original business of a small flower farm with some vegetables and herbs (medicinal and culinary) plantings. I'm hoping to find a balance between market and direct-to-florist sales that covers the costs of operation, while working up to earning enough for a small income. My goal is to have a no-till and biodynamic operation, so I intend to put a lot of my attention on prioritizing soil health and learning environmentally beneficial practices.
For financial purposes I will initially be focusing on annual plantings and then peppering in some perennials as I can, though I would like to move towards finding a balanced mix of both.
Long term, I will likely be looking to scale up from the acre-ish amount I'm seeking now.
I would like to be able to commit full time to the farm and earn a decent income, as well as have good perennial & annual intercropping practices in place and a solid base of customers that can help inform what I grow. My hopes also include growing into a minimal-water and permaculture practice based farm, including food forest plantings and native fauna supporting spaces.
In the long term I would also like to look at using the space in an educational capacity, possibly through internship or some other hands-on form.
I think access is a great barrier to connecting the community with small farming at this time, and I would really like to be involved in the growing network that makes the product of these farms the standard for restaurants, grocers, florists, and other retailers outside of farmers markets that have restricted times of sale. Making these connections would help foster more input towards growing for the wants & needs of the community, while creating a space for education on seasonal growing and the benefits of local products.
I would like to have an open-door policy of some kind, be it just being open to visitors, mentoring volunteers, hosting work/trades, or whatever form that may take. I am all ears and would love to learn ways in which I can be more inclusive.
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