We are three family members that have been farming from an array of locations since 2011. Kylie, Meara, and Travis are seeking property in Oregon to start their farming operations. Property ideally will be at least 20 acres to support agricultural ventures as well as leave room for growth. Initial ventures would include vegetables, flowers, seeds, and poultry. We would like to expand the diversity of products several years in, when the business is established.
Essentials would be some sort of water (either rights or a well), soil suitable for cultivation, and prefer that there is at least one usable barn. We would also be excited for an established well/option to dig, a creek through the property, ideally loamy soil, multiple outbuildings, irrigation structures, woodland, and organic certification.
Kylie started her farming experience with part-time internships on vegetable and poultry farms in the Portland area in 2012. In 2014, she enrolled in the Rogue Farm Corps program and completed both the internship and apprenticeship programs, gaining experience in seed production, dairy farming, and field and crop management. In 2016 she spent the season on her own venture and leased an acre of land for seed production at By George Farm in Jacksonville, OR, contracting with High Mowing, Uprising, FedCo, and Siskiyou Seeds.
Kylie took time in 2016 to travel to Japan and study traditional farming practices. Upon her return in 2017, she worked for several months for her sister Meara and partner Travis at Kokoro Flowers in Belgrade, MT. She currently works as a farmhand for Wolf Gulch Farm in Jacksonville, OR.
Meara’s first 5 years of farming were comprised of internships on organic practicing, produce production farms. She was introduced to naturally grown flowers in 2012. She first informally leased 1/4 acre of land for a small flower production in 2015 from Ploughshare Farm; the unofficial start of the Kokoro Flowers business. She moved to Bozeman, MT, and officially began Kokoro Flowers in 2016, with a 1-acre lease from Three Hearts Farm. She moved to Belgrade, MT in 2017, with a current 1 1/2 acre lease with Rathvinden Flower Farm. These moves were necessary for finding the best market for cut flowers, and the best fitting landowner/ land leasee relationship. Meara has been passionate about farming since 2011 and continues to learn and absorb new things each season. Her experience continues to grow in greenhouse, hoop house, and field production, as well as business management, marketing, and sales. Kokoro Flowers LLC is currently a 1 1/2 acre cut flower farm, serving the Bozeman and Big Sky areas, and some outreach to Livingston and Billings.
Before joining Meara for the unofficial start of Kokoro Flowers in 2015, Travis' life was in wildland fire in Idaho. After helping begin Kokoro Flowers, he moved to Bozeman to partner in the official start in 2016, working part-time on the farm and also working wilderness trails. Full time on the farm started in 2017 during the final move of Kokoro Flowers to Belgrade. In addition to experience in outdoor physical labor in adult years, Travis grew up learning various skills in carpentry, welding, building, and mechanical work. All such skills have been used and furthered during the development and planning of Kokoro Flowers LLC: construction of hoop houses, greenhouse, outdoor structures, small homes, tractor work, implement alterations, vehicle/machine maintenance and more. He now has 5 years of experience and knowledge in cut flower production and care, field and product management, marketing, and sales.
Our short-term goal is to establish a viable farm business. We would like to produce flowers, poultry, seeds, and vegetables, and are open to other types of production and ultimately want to produce whatever suits the land the most. We would like to start off selling our products at local farmer's markets, restaurants, and local businesses.
Along with running a sustainable business, our goal is to be stewards of the land. We would like to move towards no-till and less invasive farming practices as we develop our business. We imagine implementing hedgerows, perennial orchards, and managing woodland and riparian zones where applicable. We also envision incorporating agritourism into our business plan. Some ideas have been in the form of an on-site cafe, lodging, farm tours and experiences, and educational classes. We would also like to do our part in giving back to our community in the long term, partnering with local food banks to be able to donate extra foods to non-profit organizations.
Ideally, our business would grow to a point where we are able to employ people with an adequate living wage, contributing to our greater community with our products and employment opportunities.
Ideally there is existing housing, but we are willing to build. Meara and Travis have a transportable tiny home on a trailer.
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