I’m a 5 year US Army Veteran looking to utilize FSA resources to start my own farm. I’ve been growing gardens and raising livestock and poultry for the last 5 years on a very small scale. My family is looking for a small 5-10 acre farm to start production on this year. Our family includes my wife, our son, our three dogs and myself as well as our chickens and quails. We’re looking for something which has been farmed organic, and has ready access to irrigation, in order to produce high yield high value crops. Additionally we’d like the option to expand our chicken and quail production if the market has a need, the ability to raise sheep would also be nice.
Water rights, irrigation possible if not already existing, electricity, good soil, land is certified organic or uses only organic farming methods, pasture
I've lived on a small homestead in Central Point for the past 6 months raising and managing a large garden. While in the United States Army I grew as much as I could while stationed in Colorado and had backyard chickens. My family just sold a property in Rogue River, OR where we raised sheep, chickens, pigs and steer as well as a 1/2 acre garden. I'd like to learn to manage something larger scale.
Learn to maintain and manage a farm, start selling farm products at farmers markets, and through direct to consumer sales. I'd like to learn whatever ecosystem I'm farming in and become adept to the seasons, what grows best and when I should be producing certain things.
I'd like to own and operate a family farm to teach my children self-sustainability, and a skills/trade which is quickly going extinct. I'd like to eventually outright own a farm which would be passed down to my children at the end of my life.
Housing isn't the biggest concern for us, so long as there is at least one bedroom and a living room we'd be able to make due.
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