My name is Jonathan Weiss. I grew up in Washington state both near Seattle and then Portland. My wife grew up in Salmon, ID near her grandfathers cattle operation. Both of us have had experience with agriculture throughout our life and have been motivated to find our way towards sustainable agriculture.
We are looking for a diverse plot of land with both forested and pasture areas. We appreciate the work of farmers who find ways to balance the needs of the land that support their operation with the needs of the business to be profitable. We believe that responsible agriculture can not only be profitable but also provide a short term benefit to the environment surrounding the farm.
We would like to establish a poly-culture farm that includes livestock as an integral resource to support the health of the property. Our short term goal would include establishing a pastured poultry operation, pastured hogs, 2-3 acre market garden, begin to establish a small flock of sheen and a small breeding program of beef cattle. Our long term goals would evolve to include things like a hop yard, farm brewery, craft malting operation, large apiary and fruit orchard.
We are hoping to find 100-200 acres to support these long term goals but are also aware of the limitations we would have as beginning farmers. We would prefer to develop a relationship with outgoing farmers to preserve local agriculture from rotating into residential land while providing a stable transition for the outgoing farmer family.
We have found that we can be pretty flexible. So there isn't much that is essential as much as it would be idea. Ideally, we would have access to onsite water and water rights. Ideally we would have a portion of the property that is already irrigated. Ideally the land has a mixture of forested and pasture land.
We have experience keeping bees, growing vegetables and grains, growing fodder, maintaining a small flock of egg layers (50+ hens), pastured poultry (60-75 chickens in rotating batches of 11-12 weeks). We have some experience with larger animals but have not been able to integrate that experience on our small leased pasture at this time.
We would like to raise between 3000-5000 chickens in 12 week rotations annually. This would be 300-500 chickens at a time in moveable tractors that would be moved across pasture. We would like to establish a 2-3 acre market garden. We would like to establish 20-40 acres of pasture hogs with 20-40 1-acre paddocks. We would like to establish a flock of sheep that can be rotated with the chickens. We would like to establish a flock of egg laying chickens of 300-500 hens. We would also like to have a small apiary operation of 10-20 hives.
We would like to establish an orchard, hop yard, craft malting operation, farm brewery, and larger livestock operation.
Hannah and I don't have any kids at the moment. We have a couple of dogs and a cat. We would prefer to move into a property that has some sort of dwelling but we are also open to building something on the property once the farm is better established.
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