Mike

Farmland Requirements

Type of Farm Operation

  • Livestock
  • Field crops
  • Specialty crops
  • Other

Size of Operation Desired

1

Are you seeking a farm that is currently in operation?

Does not matter

Infrastructure Desired

  • Not applicable

Tenure Options Considered

  • Short term lease
  • Long term lease
  • Lease with option to buy
  • Partnership
  • Employment for a period of time then transfer ownership
  • Standard sale
  • Owner-financed sale
  • Other

Farmer Experience

Years of Farming Experience

5

Are you currently farming?

Yes

Are you looking to farm full or part time?

  • Part Time

Do you have a business plan?

In progress

Description

I have a BS degree in Horticulture and have an extensive background in landscaping and landscape design.  My career path eventually lead me to farming landscape plants on a 2000 acre tree farm and 80 acre whole sale plant nursery.  That company obtained an orchard where I became manager of a 75 acre orchard where we grew some conventional vegetables and a 20 acres of fruit trees.  Although I loved the job I didn’t enjoy the pesticide usage and decided to leave the company where I then started to teach Horticulture vocationally.  Leading us to the present where I am a stay at home father and manage a small organic vegetable garden with high tunnel tomato and cucumber production and have 15 free range organic laying hens.  I grow mostly for my family and donate or give to neighbors the excess produce.  

I am interested in finding a 1+ acre parcel to build a bio-intensive organic market garden that I will start small and increase in size to possibly an acre and another acre for some free range organic eggs and free range grass fed corn and soy free organic broilers all grown in chicken tractors moved by hand. 

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