We are an LGBT couple doing small hobby farming who would like to expand to make it a larger part of our lives. My partner works from home full time while I do most of the farming as well as taxidermy work on the side. We’d like to do regenerative agricultural and focus on conservation giving back to the community before looking towards profits.
We need housing with plumbing, electricity, and septic, or potentially those utilities available as RV hookups. Barns, coops, sheds, and / or other structures would be extremely beneficial, but we would at the very least need the ability to place structures on the land if they do not exist. Some amount of pasture would also be ideal.
My partner grew up on a family farm in Minnesota. I have taken agriculture courses at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and have been doing small, homestead-type raising and processing of rabbits, turkeys, chickens, ducks, and geese. I have also been assisting friends with farming tasks to gain a better understanding of hoofstock and small livestock.
I would like to focus heavily on my heritage turkeys and starting a robust breeding operation for heritage turkey breed betterment and introducing rare color varieties to the region as well as expanding upon their populations. I'd also like to expand my rabbit stock enough to produce hides and meat to be able to sell and begin gardening to grow primarily produce to feed the animals for reduction of feed costs and for us to eat, but I would also like to produce enough to support a farm stand or selling at a farmer's market. I'd also like to at least have a mentor for hoofstock and sheep specifically to set us up for success in beginning a sheep flock in the near future.
I would like to be producing and selling multiple rare varieties of heritage turkeys, primarily to breeding homes to encourage livestock conservation but also as high-quality meat. I would also like to have a small flock of Jacob's sheep for livestock conservation and breed betterment as well as selling wool and meat, and be producing enough edible crops to have a CSA or farmer's market presence, and be able to make an income off my farming.
We are looking for a one-bedroom house with power, septic, and water. We also need access to high-speed internet (which we are happy to pay for installing, if needed) as my partner works from home. We are also open to purchasing a tiny house to connect to RV hookups instead.
My partner and I are both LGBT as well as members of other intersections of marginalized identities. We are passionate about inclusivity and continuous self-educating on sociocultural issues. We would also like to work with the Indigenous tribes that stewarded the land for generations before having it seized from them to give back in any ways we can.
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