I am a 27 year old farmer originally from OH. I have spent 2 years in organic vegetable production and 3 years working in vineyards in france, as well as 2 years on the sales side of the wine industry (working for an importer) in NYC. I am currently finishing up an 18 month viticulture/oenology degree in Beaune, and working at the same time on an organic vineyard in southern burgundy. When I return to the USA later this fall, the plan is to move out to Oregon and find some vines. I will also be out west for about 5 weeks in late July/August.
I would like to ultimately have a small vineyard (5-10 acres) as the economic engine of a diversified farm that includes horses, bees, chickens, and a small fruit and vegetable/flower production.
I have some experience and interest in biodynamics; I think it is particularly useful vis a vis perennials. I have also been doing work with horses in the vineyards here in France. I am by no means an expert, but horsepower in the vines/on the farm is something I would like to continue to develop in Oregon.
Water rights, although I don't plan on irrigating the vineyards.
Rocky soil/bedrock close to the surface. Ideally sloping.
In college (2010-2013) I did season in the vines in france and managed various garden projects on campus and worked during the summer at various urban ag projects in Philadelphia.
I spent two years 2016/2017 in the Hudson valley growing organic vegetables. It was a 9 acre women-owned farm in its fourth year. My second year I did some managing and a weekly market. We grew a lot of shoots (mostly pea and radish) in addition to vegetables, and this was something that generated enough profit to really get the farm off the ground. On the other hand pea shoots are not the thing that anyone wants to spend their life growing.
The last two years I have been in France working on an organic vineyard/winery and completing a viti/oenology degree at the winemaking school in Beaune. The set up is what the french call 'alternance' which means you spend about 1/3 of the weeks in class and 2/3 of the time working at a winery of your choosing.
I have experience with all vineyard jobs, pruning/forming vines of all ages, and planting. However I do not have a lot of tractor experience specific to vineyards.
To be farming/managing 2-7 acres of vines and vinifying the grapes in my name. Also to have a small vegetable/herb/shoot production, and bees.
The short term plan realized entirely with horse power, expanded vegetable/herb/flower production, and some fruit trees/berries. To make all of my own compost/potting soil. To experiment with perennial greenhouse production. To limit as much as possible the doses of copper and sulphur used in the vineyards.
On site housing would be great but is not essential. I would also be interested in some sort of housing for product trade, if that was an option.
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