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Hello, When I was a young middle school student, I fell in love with horses. TO my wonderment, I got one in my early teens and it changed my life. I worked with her, on the farms, and with 4-H and it kept me out of trouble and put farming into my trajectory.
My first college experience was at Michigan State University and I studied Horse management, with a variety of other agriculture classes sprinkled in. I worked in the industry for 10 years in a variety of ways: trotting horse racing, conditioning young stock, breeding and foaling, lessons, conditioning and sales, driving, etc.
Spinning my wheels a bit in that industry, I went back to school to become a teacher. As a teacher, I was all consumed. The time I had, I spent in the classroom or preparing for the classroom and traveling, in country and abroad. Amazing experiences. But here I am coming full circle.
I left the classroom 3 years ago and began a raised bed garden in my Asheville home, where I raised veggies and flowers. I loved nurturing the land and they way it nurtured me. began internships and apprenticeships on farms (and tall ships). I have worked with an organic and grass fed meat CSA, growing pork, beef, poultry (raising and processing), sheep, bees, layers, and veggies. A maple syrup farm in Minnesota turned me on to the production of god's nectar. I worked on a goat dairy in northern Florida, working with the livestock, kidding, the dairy, cheese making and lotions and soaps. I lived my life long dream of being a cowgirl in Montana this last summer working with a grass fed 16,000 acre ranch. AMAZING!! And I am currently working on another goat dairy, lining up a fiber farm next.
I would like to learn more about growing flowers and have more practical experience with harvesting and processing of vegetables. Growing flowers is a big goal of mine, and I just signed up for a workshop in Rhode Island with their Young Farmers group.
When I dream of my farm, I see a small, diversified farmstead, embedded in community.
- Dairy (cows)
40, give or take
- Doesn't matter
- Standard Sale
- Owner-Financed Sale
- Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assests)
- Joint Venture with eventual sale
- Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a year or more
- Maybe (Please send me information)
Nothing formal yet. Small, diversified agribusiness.