- Looking for a farm in:
- Number of years farming:
- Less than 1 year
- Farming experience
- I have practical farming experience (including work as a farm intern or employee)
- Agricultural products:
- Planned marketing strategies:
- Farmers markets or farm stand
- Land needed:
- 1 acre or less
- 2-5 acres
- Facilities and equipment:
- Irrigation capacity
- Cold storage
- Planned farming practices:
- Ecological production, but not certified
I have worked in an unrelated field for the past 7 years, all the while contemplating a career in farming, which I'm finally pursuing. I am motivated by the benefits that small farmers bring to communities, like good land stewardship and enabling consumers to care about their connection with the planet. A few farming internships and months of studying the operational and business aspects of farming, have prepared me to cultivate some land this summer. I am a fairly quiet person who appreciates collective projects and aspects of communal living, like sharing meals and chores.
I apprenticed on a large pasture-based livestock farm in northern Alberta. I wwoofed on a few market-gardens in Ontario. I have experience as a data scientist, which I anticipate will be useful for making data driven business decisions. I have a degree in environmental science, which has given me a good understanding of ecosystems and how to manage them. I have also written a business plan, in preparation for starting a farm of my own.
I plan on farming alone, and hiring seasonal employees, as needed.
I plan on farming on between one to two acres of land. I’d like to have a small flock of egg-laying hens, a garlic crop, and a market garden. The produce would be sold directly to consumers, primarily through farmers markets and an on-farm kiosk. Production methods will emphasize no-till and regenerative principles and utilize minimal mechanization. Laying hens would follow a rotational grazing system. I am interested in exploring the potential synergies between chickens and vegetable gardening.
Relationship with Farm Owner
I would be interested in a variety of different relationships with a farm owner. A short-term MOU, lease or lease-to-own arrangement would all be options I would consider. A business partnership could also be interesting, if the fit is right.