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Looking for land to buy or garden plot to rent in Missoula area

 
eliza mahoney
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First of all, I'm looking for 5-10+ acres to buy in the Missoula area. I will use it primarily for subsistence farming and building an off grid permanent home for my family. I would like a plot within 30 miles of Missoula with varied terrain or south-facing slope, access to water, and no covenants. Is there anyone out there that wants to sell or knows of any available land? I've been looking through traditional methods but haven't found anything great yet so thought I would put this out here.

I'm also looking for a place to garden this summer. I have done a plot in the community gardens with Garden City Harvest (and I think it's a really great organization!), but I'm interested in growing a larger percentage of my food this year and the plots aren't big enough for my needs. If there's anyone out there who would be interested in a mutually-beneficial partnership? You own the land, I'll do the work, we both get veggies? All of my gardening practices are considered organic and sustainable in every detail. I'd also be willing to pay a certain amount to rent a good garden space, but be reasonable as I'm trying to be very frugal!

Please let me know if you are interested or if you know of any resources that might be helpful to my endeavors. Thank you!!
 
jen kirby
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have you had any luck finding a place to buy or to garden? i don't have much to offer but i am renting a place where i am planning on putting in a big garden with the hopes of putting up a lot of food for the off season. i have the room and the time and a little gardening experience, but i am sure i could benefit from a more experienced gardening partner.
 
eliza mahoney
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hey Jen!

Sorry it's taken me so long to reply, I don't get on the computer too often. I have already found a place to garden, which is too bad because your idea sounds really nice! I found a yard that I'm going to convert into garden space, 36' x 36' plus another little spot too. I'm not an incredibly experienced gardener, but I've been doing it for a few years now and have been doing TONS of research about gardening in the last two years. So I might have some knowledge that you don't, and I'd always be willing to come by and help out, I love making connections with other gardeners and I like to do digging and other random garden work (for my muscles!). Maybe we could work it out so we trade some crops at some point? I know I'll be growing lentils, which are great for winter storing/eating, and I should have some extra to trade in fall... but I know that I probably won't be growing too many tomatoes or peppers...

Just ideas. Let me know what you think!

Laura
 
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glad you found some space to grow. i love the idea of trading - ideas and veggies. i am planning on growing some tomatoes and peppers. i love lentils. lets keep in touch as the season progresses.
 
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