I have an academic background in natural resources, grazing management, and sustainability. I have been working in the agricultural field for about 5 years now in the technical assistance side and would like to start practicing what I preach. I do not have anything in particular in mind aside from allowing multiuse (multi species grazing and potentially varied crops) and access to water. A living situation would be preferred but not required. I will have a year of farm operations and business management experience fall 2022 and will be looking to secure land shortly after. I would prefer at least 5 acres but will consider less depending on the circumstances. If a large enough tract in a desirable area, I would also entertain lease to own for the right fit. Also would consider any transition programs to extend earnings for landowner in addition to leasing payment.
Preferably with water rights but would consider just access to water. If on-site housing- electricity, well, septic/sewer, etc. ie basic living necessities. I’m leaving my options fairly open at this point.
5 years in agriculture technical assistance/natural resources consulting
A full season at Rodale Institute’s Veteran Farmer Training Program.
Start small with pastured poultry (up to the state’s on farm slaughter limit of 1000 birds/year) with pastured layers until viable operation. From there, add cattle and potentially sheep as well. I would also like to incorporate various crops if possible both for market and as a feed source.
Acquire land of my own or at least be in a lease to own situation. Allow the enterprises to grow naturally and start building value-added products/processes. Eventually getting to a point of being a productive self sustaining operation but an educational showcase as well.
None needed but would prefer a farmstead situation.
I hope to create an educational and fun community-building operation, in addition to making it profitable, that folks will enjoy visiting and learn more about their local farmer(s).
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