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I am a single parent (dad) of a 12 year old boy who is independently. homeschooled.

We would like to start a small farm that we could scale up to a larger small farm over time, so I am seeking a partner, or possibly a community.

The ideal situation would be one where someone owned a piece of property that had a shack, cabin,  trailer, or some sort of modest dwelling, and a shed, barn or some kind of out building,  land and water access, that they don't necessarily think of as a rental property.

There are a few situations that I am open too.

Ideally what I would like to do is run a farm from which most of the produce and eggs would be donated to food banks for distribution.

That would require that someone allowed us to live/work there rent free. This may be something that someone who would like to be a part of that would feel good about donating the space, in the same way I would be donating time, financing and labor.

I am realizing that not many people are that detached, and so I have not gotten very far with that search although I have talked with some people about it.

So I am getting to the point where I would be willing to make it a market farm for farmers markets, local restaurants etc, and pay an agreed upon percentage to the land owners; crop share arrangement.

One other potential fit would be an intentional community., But it must be one where I am able to start a farm/garden, and chicken operation according to my design. A big part of this for me is that I am a visionary who has worked out a very specific and detailed design for a fully functioning and self contained working model a completely self sufficient farm.

So if someone was starting up an intentional community and was looking for partners  who know what they are doing and can do it that might be a good fit.

I am 45, I do not use drugs and quit smoking cigs. About 1.5 years ago and will never go back.

I smoke a little herb, and consider myself a selective social drinker who has not drank socially in several years because it has not seemed appropriate.

I have a lot of experience with horticulture, (almost 30 years)and some experience in small scale agriculture (4-5 years). I have a firm grip on many cutting edge permaculture techniques and have innovated many solutions to the challenges of successful no-till farming. I am proficient in working sterile procedures and mushroom cultivation and I culture all the microorganisms that I use on the field.

Building soil using microorganisms is my specialty. Soil will be greatly improved and will be bursting with life.

I'm also open to any ideas anyone may have and possibly collaborating so if you've got an idea that you don't see here feel free to reach out and lets discuss it.

I realize that at the time of my writing this that it's a little late in the season but I would really like to get started getting everything going NOW. We can have the soil teeming with life, and very well arated, with well established mycelial networks if we get started now.thanks for reading.
 
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Hi Seth, where are you located and what area are looking for? We could add this topic to the regional forums that best fit where you're looking or might have links to share about properties in that area.

 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:Hi Seth, where are you located and what area are looking for? We could add this topic to the regional forums that best fit where you're looking or might have links to share about properties in that area.



Thanks JC, butI had already posted in the California regional forum. After pursuing the forums I had realized that there are a few forums that this same post could fit into, and that many people have cross posted threads in these similar forums
presumably for the same reasons I was seeing so I chose to follow in the steps of many others by cross posting in a variety of specific suitable forums, there by reaching out to a larger more complete group of members that restricting my multifaceted bulletin to one specific forum would have missed.

I did not spam any inappropriate forums but did reach out through the appropriate forums in order to reach the right people..

For instance the title of this thread qualifies it for both the land share forum, and the community forum. It is equally suitable for both forums but if it is on only one forum there is a whole group of members that might not see it who it might be exactlly what they are looking for.

Also, in the composition of the post a few different scenarios are presented, and so like wise it seems a few different outlets might be more suitable, than just one.

I'm an open minded person with alot more than just one thing to offer who is open to possibility so I'm trying not to be too myopic/narrow minded in my search, but I greatly appreciate the input., And thanks again!
 
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Would you be interested in moving to alabama?
 
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Sheri Rasko wrote:Would you be interested in moving to alabama?



Hi Sheri. Thanks for responding.

Yes I would consider Alabama or any place that seems like the right fit. California is my home state, and I am pretty adapted to this state but I am very open minded in order to find the right place.

Do you have a place in mind that inspired you to respond?

 
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