We are kindhearted, fun people who want spend our lives bettering the land we reside on. In 2013 we traveled to New Zealand using the WWOOF program working on farms and homesteads throughout the country, since then we have been stewards of the land working in landscaping, farming, and property maintenance in Colorado and California. In addition to farming our passions include herbal medicine, fermentation, hiking, foraging, our pets, and having a community. We are moving to the PNW with intentions of starting a microgreen and salad greens business, as well as, a culinary and medicinal herb garden (e.g. calendula, elderberry, and lavender, we are not actively looking to grow cannabis). We are very open to acreage size and business partnerships as long as there is room to for all to expand over time, and would be grateful to have the opportunity of a farming mentor on property. We prefer written agreements and clear communication. On site housing preferred.
We are also happy to work on an established farm that is looking for additional hands or management, however, stated above is our main goal.
Essential: land that has not previously been nuked with fertilizers/herbicides/pesticides, water rights or private well, water access already installed in fields, animal friendly, honest and respectful property owners, housing and tool storage, creative freedom to grow as people and as a business.
Preferred: work trade leasing agreement, tractor/barn/greenhouse available, natural water feature, native woodlands, possibility to raise protein for personal consumption
We have 3 years of field work, 1 year farm management experience, and many years as backyard gardeners. Our experiences include: seedlings, row crops, microgreens, fruit trees, olive trees, drip irrigation, bees, animal husbandry (chickens, heritage turkeys, goats and pigs), working with chefs, order taking/delivery and general property maintenance. We follow organic and regenerative practices, focusing around compost tea, soil health, vermicompost, use of cover crops, mulching, and crop rotation. Courtney has completed the Produce Safety Alliance grower training course satisfying the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement that at least one supervisor of a farm complete food safety training that is recognized curriculum by the FDA.
We will hit the ground running with our microgreens, selling living flats to restaurants so chefs can use them as fresh as possible, and other customers could chose from living flats or harvested and packaged. Salad greens would be sold per varietal or as a greens mix, from baby to mature greens. We will work hard create a positive relationship with chefs and customers, understanding their desires and developing a sustainable way to meet them. An early priority will be to establish a proper washing and storage facility for our produce. Building and irrigating row beds for greens and annual herbs, and institute a plan for crop rotation and cover crops. For the culinary and medicinal perennials we will draw up a map and begin to plant upon approval of land owner. And of course, deal with all the curve-balls thrown our way from nature, waterlines, and life with a level head.
We have spent years saving money and acquiring farm tools to allow ourselves the ability to fulfill short-term investments without debt. We do not have a tractor, and our green house is fairly small so the ideal property would have one or both available for use.
Maintain a positive relationship with customers and community. Expand production and varieties of medicinal herbs. Develop a line of herbal products, grown and made in-house. Employ creative and positive people. Involve the community through volunteer days, tours, and educational classes. To have thoroughly earned the respect and trust of the land owners.
We would like to have a small cabin or home with the basic amenities, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, electricity. We have been using wood stoves for heat the past three and would be happy to continue to do so. We have a 6 year old McNab/Lab mix who is very familiar with farm animals, as well as cats. We have the set up for an outdoor shower with an on demand water heater and a composting toilet. Water heater could be used to heat greenhouse water for seedlings.
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