We are Becca and Adam. We are a young couple looking for land to lease and possibly to live on. Becca is a speech therapist who will be working at a skilled nursing facility in Florence, and Adam is an experienced grower who has apprenticed on several organic vegetable and flower farms, now working in the food industry. We met two years ago as interns on an organic vegetable farm in Michigan. Our shared vision to open our future farm space to individuals who have suffered neurological and physical traumas, as we believe the lessons nature offers allow for growth and healing. We call this vision the “Therapy Farm”. We have lived in St. Louis, Missouri for two years while Becca finished her master’s in speech-language pathology and Adam did a stint in corporate agriculture, and now works full-time for his friend’s start up coffee business. Presently, we are planning our cross-country move and searching for a living arrangement near Florence. Our ideal situation would be to lease a small acreage space, with or without living quarters, and act as either land stewards or full fledged market gardeners, starting part-time while working to find our niche in the local food system.
*Fencing and wind break
Adam has a BS in Environmental and Plant Biology and 4 years farming experience. He served in Peace Corps Uganda '16-'18 where he assisted in agribusiness outreach to members of a fairtrade and organic certified coffee cooperative. Back in the states he completed internships at Persephone Farm of Indianola, Washington, a market garden which specialized in cut flowers and wildcrafted salad mix, and Coveyou Scenic Farm which was a medium size certified organic vegetable farm, nursery, and agritourism destination in Petoskey, Michigan. he has additional experience in controlled environments and USDA agribusiness regulation. Most recently, Adam and Becca have dabbled with urban farming in St. Louis, Missouri which entails planting vegetables small pollinator gardens in vacant lots and backyards and selling microgreens to restaurants.
Becca began gardening in 2019 while studying in Iowa where she helped an elderly friend who needed physical assistance in her garden. She then took a gardening class at her university and interned at Coveyou Scenic farm the summer following the completion of her undergraduate degree. At Coveyou, she was responsible for post harvest handling, packaging, and selling produce at farmers' markets. As a graduate student, she started a garden therapy group for adults who had survived neurological traumas to engage in purposeful, enjoyable gardening tasks that could be adapted to individual needs as a form of therapy.
*To implement permaculture principals in designing the farm, while working with and not against the existing land use practices and natural conditions
*To make our start in proportion with our means (i.e. procure the needed equipment and supplies without relying on a bank loan)
*Focus heavily on crop production planning and product marketing
*Make sales through farmer's market, CSA, restaurant accounts, and retail
*Diversify our products and fill niches in the local food economy
*Own or co-own the land we farm
*Build our own alternative housing
*Source renewable energy
*Offer internships and other learning opportunities
*Establish a garden therapy nonprofit in tandem with, or supplanting, the farm business
We believe in living large in a small house, meaning our goal is to lower our carbon footprint and have access to private outdoor living space. We would prefer on-site housing.
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