My wife owned and worked a small acreage farm near Beavercreek, Oregon. She is looking to get certified by the Soil Food Web School. She is looking for some acreage to “practice” what she is learning in school. She had 2 cows, chickens, and a goat, I grew up on a farm in Missouri. I worked on 3 different dairies over the years. We practiced organic gardening on the farm where I grew up. I was an agricultural carpenter for a few years where I straighten barns and braced them. I want to live on some acreage where I can practice my research in regenerative agriculture. I have a MBA in leadership, with experience in marketing.
A source for water, we can build any structures that we need for animals or our crops
My wife owned and worked a small acreage farm near Beavercreek, Oregon. She had 2 cows, chickens, and a goat, I grew up on a farm in Missouri. I worked on 3 different dairies over the years. We practiced organic gardening on the farm where I grew up. I was an agricultural carpenter for a few years where I straighten barns and braced them.
Our short-term goals for the commercial farm are as follows:
· Build a relationship with the owner and discuss what fits with their vision for the farm
· Evaluate the farm for bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, nematodes, and other organisms in the soil.
· Analyze the farm for which farming enterprises fits the size and condition of the farm
· Decide on which portable scalable farming infrastructure will be needed to be built
· Set-up portable raised vegetables beds
The way we are going to meet the goals are as follows: do minimize soil disturbance. We will keep the soil covered all the time by using cover crops to build the soil. We will terminate the cover crops by using a roller-crimper. We will maximize the period of living root growth which will help feed the soil microbial community. We will maximize plant diversity by using crop rotations which break disease cycles and help reduce yield loss seen with continuous cultivation of a single crop. Finally, we will use biochar, compost teas, compost (Berkeley and/or Johnson-Sue Bioreactor), and worm castings to build the soils.
Our long-term goals for the commercial farm are as follows:
· Help supply food needs locally and/or globally if possible
· Help restore the environment and avoid carbon emissions
· Improve soil moisture, microbial life and carbon, which improves water retention and filtration
· Help the land to restore itself naturally
· Increase the biodiversity of the soil, which increases the nutritional value of the crops
The way we will meet the goals is through crop diversity that incorporates multiple species into each garden bed and field through intercropping, companion planting, and seasonal crop rotation. Integrate poultry and/or ruminant livestock into the cropland/pasture to increase nutrient cycling. Try to put in natural habitat for wildlife and beneficial insects.
A place to park a tiny house or a small 2 bedroom house or a place for a yurt
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