I’m a young farmer who’s had a few years to get my hands dirty and am now looking to start my own project or partner in someone else’s if our visions align. My focus is primarily vegetables and fruits, although a small herd or flock down the line definitely seems plausible. I have a strong social/food/environmental justice ethic as part of my farming, and my future project will reflect this. I believe strongly in living in and working together as a community to foster kinship, resiliency, and equity among ourselves. I am interested in growing food primarily for CSA and wholesale, growing medicinal herbs as a practice of decolonizing medicine, and growing seed as a means to greater independence and climate-variety selection. Though we may start out small, I’d like this to one day be an expansive, multi-generational, communal project.
Water rights and/or a decent running well, housing available or zoned for housing, within an hour's drive of a market or distribution center for produce, electricity, preferably on land where chemicals have not been used as part of farming methods for the past few years.
I have multiple years experience with a lot of types of farming; tropical and subtropical farming has been my background, as I am originally from Maui. I've also done shepherding/small-scale dairy farming, permaculture farming, and managed growing plots for a whole school district. In the past two years, I have been focusing on organically produced, mixed vegetable production with tutelage in beekeeping and orchard production. I have both market booth management and CSA distribution experience.
Short term goals include growing enough food to start an equity-model CSA program, planting a variety of orchard crops and perennials, setting up greenhouse and high tunnel structures, building housing/structures where necessary, developing community partnerships and allies to strengthen our foodshed.
Long term goals include using some of the land for seed production to participate in a community seed saving/sharing initiative, experimenting with dryland farming techniques (for the hotter, more climate chaotic world ahead), developing carbon farming practices, and growing lots of nutritious food for our community!
Develop a community network of farmers so we can better facilitate closed-loop systems/economies -- i.e. we are not all growing the same stuff, we can be communicating and trading with one another so each has a dependable market share and can grow what they like/are good at. Through this network, we could also share equipment, infrastructure, and knowledge. This will strengthen us as growers, and make us saner as people so we are not all trying to do everything all the time!
Ideally, I would like to have housing available on the land where I farm, or zoning that allows for structures to be built.
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