I have 7 years of farming experience and have been pretty drained working in the traditional model of agriculture that causes burnout among farm workers. I have done a lot of research and planning over the last 5 years to run a cooperatively-owned farm business. I got hired on to run a large pasture-raised farm Fall 2018 but got hired into a domestic abuse situation and am suddenly in need of a place to farm for at least the season. I’m interested in having a diverse mix of livestock with electric fence systems, growing forage crops and produce on-site as part of a well-planned crop cycling system, and ideally taking advantage of existing orchards. Scale and types of projects would be dependent on space, existing infrastructure, etc. I am hoping to find something without housing for at least myself and potentially other workers.
My primary focus is getting out of my current situation into a more professional work environment as soon as possible. My long-term ideal situation would be creating a worker-owned business that continues to grow and provide jobs with a living wage to workers and produces a large amount of food per acre via cycling livestock and food/medicine production.
Organic certification is not essential but non-polluted land is strongly preferred. Will look at infrastructure on a case-by-case basis and adjust my expectations for scale and type of farm business accordingly. Prefer to have some basic functions like a well and electricity (unless owner invests in solar or biogas infrastructure).
7 years total farm experience using organic methods. About 1 year of farm management experience (plus several years of playing a co-management role without getting paid for it). Experience in production-scale fruit, vegetable, mushroom, ornamentals, dahlias, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks. Good at making smart and frugal business decisions that favor DIY methods but also realistic approaches. Well-versed in soil management, irrigation systems, fencing (electric and non-electric), intermediate diesel troubleshooting and repair, carpentry, and other essential farm operations.
Immediately set up some electric fencing with a paddock/rotation system for 10-30 pigs, set up a chicken/duck coop if one doesn't already exist, get a spring cover crop into the ground to be eaten by the livestock and then planted with a summer vegetable/medicinal herb crop (followed by grazing again). Potentially set up a small tilapia aquaponics operation, the waste of which can be used to supplement the pigs. Build some sort of greenhouse system for plant starts and maybe some tropical goodies if it's dug-out and has some sort of heating system.
Build a self-sufficient worker-owned cooperative farm that gives people a fair wage and provides access to healthy food and can use profits to expand in an equitable and ethical way. Eventually creating a network of similar farms that show there can be mid-sized farms that produce large amounts of food while treated workers, animals, land, and water with dignity.
I would like a space that is roughly 400 square feet with access to power since I am also a musician with a DIY studio setup in my spare time. Does not need water/plumbing into the housing itself as long as there is access nearby. Composting toilet is just fine and I am open to doing some home improvement projects to get a living space up and running, including even helping build a structure if costs are covered by landowner (or some long-term plan is made to clear up my rights as a tenant and how I will be reimbursed if I move some day).
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