Professional couple in thirties, eager to farm on a greater scale in 2020, with an end goal of land ownership and self sustainable food source as well as profit from farming practices. He is an engineer incorporating automation technology into home farming as well as maintaining his professional position. She is a self employed nurse, growing personal business savvy since beginning Fall 2018, and raising 2019’s home food source.
A water source - such as a well, natural stream / other with rights, or city water if close-in. Outdoor structure for storage and tools, or rights to put up one or more structures. Within cellphone service. At least 1 acre full to partial sun - not necessary to be level.
Both spouses gardened individually and now several years together. He assisted / interned on a hemp farm in South Dakota one summer. She grew up in farm/ranch communities in Western MT, putting in time at a flower supplier and working with Grandpa around his forested property (Fencing, assisting repairs, wood cutting, and grounds maintenance). This year has been our largest opportunity (acreage) as autonomous farmers.
We want to see a profit in 2020 from crop growing such as hemp and/or pastured poultry. Open to other primary products, especially if the land has beneficial characteristics for something else. We are still learning and will be grateful to make even small profit this next year, while also pursuing experimentation with additional products (like edible mushrooms and hogs) to add on a larger scale the following year. We intend to continue this system of learning and business growth.
We intend to be settling on our own land by 5 years at most, and profiting each season from a rotation of crops / products. Contracting to sell berries to a friend's currently expanding natural juice business is one of her goals. He wants to see a significantly larger profit from hemp, as well as in research and design of farm automation.
We live "tiny," and prefer primarily off grid. We would like to put up temporary housing such as a yurt or geodome, in addition to our camper, if housing is not available on the property. We want to live where we farm. We also wear business casual to formal clothing on our job days and need space to hang them (closet or protected shed).
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