I am a beginning farmer. The past 2 years I have immersed myself in farming. The first business I want to begin is selling local/native cover crop seeds that are (eventually) certified organic. I have many other business ideas and I am always open to new ideas.
I have worked on farm at a Dairy, a grass seed and Hay grower and a sheep, egg and cattle farmer. Each provided me with valuable information and much needed experience.
Most likely my first job will to be focused on soil health. Along side of that I will address any places I can increase habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife. My farming practices will be Regenerative and Holistic.
I would love to be able to learn from your expertise but I understand if mentoring is just not an option.
Any land is fine. As long as it has not been contaminated but then again, I could probable figure out a way to work with that. I don't care about water access although it would be nice. Electricity or not is fine. I don't care if it is fenced for now because I will be focused on building soil health and growing cash crops, no livestock initially. If agreeable I might have the land certified Organic, or at least start the process and utilize the current programs available to new farmers.
I have worked on a Hay farm, a sheep and cattle farm and a Dairy Farm doing various on farm jobs over the last two years. I have a Permaculture Design Degree from Oregon State University and an obsession with soil health.
Increase Soil Health and Organic Matter
Increase Water Holding Capacity
Increase Biodiversity of Cash crops and Farm Ecosystem as a whole
Have crops tested for Nutrient density
Sell and Market products (Cover Crop Seeds, Pasture Raised Eggs, Vegetables, Nursery Stock, Hay)
Pasture land improvement and Rotational Grazing
Cover Crop Seed Business
Maybe provide an Educational Location for Farmers to Visit and see how Regenerative Farming is healthier, more profitable and most importantly more fun!
Olive, grapes, berries? Implement a long term plan so future generations of your family can continue to enjoy the farm.
I do not need housing.
I welcome any and all to visit the farm I lease. I have an Open Door policy, drop by anytime. If you want to talk with me, give me a call first so I can try to be there since I will not be living on the property.
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