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Hi all! We just bought a farm in Quinte West, about 10 minutes north of Trenton. We got it for the peace and quiet, projects, and to grow our own food, however it's far more land than we need. We have hopes of finding a farmer to work the acreage.

It's 35+ acres, with about 25 in pasture (some being cut for hay, the rest fallow), and about 10 acres in mid-succession mixed bush. Spring-fed well at the top of the property can run plenty of excellent water to everywhere without a pump. Not fenced. Paved road access, and multiple entry points to the acreage. Man-made pond and multiple spring-fed streams. Land hasn't been sprayed in 25 years for sure, possibly ever.

Looking for regenerative farmers who are looking for land to work. It'd be your operation, but we'd like chip in so that we can learn the basics. Our vision is a closed-loop, integrated farm built on permaculture principles. It could be one farmer who does everything, or a number of farmers with mutually supporting operations. We're very open to barter (meat, dairy, produce) as rent.

Priority #1 for us is getting cows and/or sheep on grass. The fallow field could use goats and/or pigs to help move it towards silvopasture.

Pastured poultry for meat and/or eggs would be a great add-on.

Also open to market gardeners, land-race grain farming, and the like.

If you're interested, say hi, and let's talk!

 
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Hi Mikey! Welcome to Permies!

My much better half and I are looking to relocate out that way. We're looking for much of the same, and are looking for ways to make that happen.

I actually just read that Quinte West had gotten rid of rules that require properties to be severed to have more than one house. Would you be willing to entertain the idea of a tenant farmer family with a tiny house?

My experience is mostly intensive gardening, but that fits quite well with most intensive market gardening patterns, after the fashion of Jean-Martin Fortier.

Are you looking for a specific seasonal return (monetary), or is your focus food production and infrastructure?

My interests include intensive horticulturally-oriented food production optimised for block interplantings where appropriate for pest and disease control. I am always learning, and don't ever intend to stop. I want to get into grazing animals, as the only experience I have with ruminants is with my Flemish Giant rabbit at home. I want to do beekeeping, for which I am planning a series of courses by the Ontario Beekeepers Association. I have dug a hugelbeet with a total pile height of seven feet, that produced amazing butternut squash its first season.

Realistically, if you want a read on who I am and how I think, just check out my posts in pretty much any thread. I'm pretty straightforward and consistent.

If this sounds good to you, let me know. We can continue discussion in this thread, or you can PM me, to see if we're on the same page. Maybe next month, if it feels good to you and is quite convenient, we can talk about our dropping by.

In any case, it's good to know that there are permies out where we want to be. I hope you get things arranged as you want. But keep us posted, and good luck.

-CK

 
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Congratulations on your purchase!
 
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Chris, sorry I missed your message! We got caught up in the work of our projects, and we don't have internet at the farm to boot!

I'll drop you a DM.
 
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hey mikey, what are you looking for with the property? selling a portion? renting? use for free?

me and my girlfriend have been looking at starting a nursery in frontenac county near you, we have experience with chickens pigs and fruit bushes/trees, and would be potentially interested. pm me if you are interested in meeting or let me know what you would like me to pm you. potentially interested, especially open to buying a few acre portion.
 
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Definitely not looking to sever or sell any of it (actually hoping to add to it over time), but looking for people who'd like to build a farm business on the land, mostly on a barter basis. For instance, if you wanted to run cattle, it would need to be fenced. Cattle farmer would need to build the fence in exchange for term on the lease - ie, if fencing costs $15,000, then we'd set the lease term based on the market rate for organic grazing land ($x per cow, per day).

Ideal fits would be:
- herbivore grazing operation (cows, sheep)
- pastured pork
- pastured poultry (though probably a bit late to start this year, and tough to source chicks)
- market garden

 
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