Born and raised in the rural midwest. The immediate family of my parent’s generation was mostly in construction but the generation before were mostly farmers. Not knowing what to do or where to go after high school, I opted for a degree in biology, specifically freshwater ecology, something that always held my interest and as such was ‘easy’. After a stint in the mountains, I spent the better part of a decade running the manufacturing branch of an advanced composites company. As often happens, the birth of my first child… changed my outlook. What do we want to leave the next generation? In my world view farming or some derivative thereof, stands at the nexus of all my interests and what the future needs. I’m looking for land that needs help… broken, neglected, or just worn out. Or for a farmer that wants to make sure that their farm and legacy will continue for another generation. As every piece of land and every farmer has a unique context, exactly how the relationship develops will also be unique. If I had to narrow it down… a silvopasture system similar to that of Mark Shephard (Restoration Agriculture). Perennials (orchard, vineyard, nuts, berries) with animals as partners in land management.
None. Limitation is the seed of creativity. Every piece of land contains opportunity.
Very Little. Raised a couple hundred chickens per year as a youngster. Volunteered in a market garden for a season. Gardener whenever possible.
Create an ecologically responsible cash flow business that will enable further growth and positive impact.
Create an agritourism business as a demonstration site, showcasing the possibilities of working with nature, a thriving ecosystem that produces a multitude of products for its stewards.
Depends on location. Being a contractor and home builder I can renovate or create my housing.
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