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Sharecroppers wanted - no RENT

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Location: NW Montana
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Saw this on craigslist if anybody is interested. They don't mention permaculture but maybe they just don't know about it. Pablo is an hour north of Missoula.

Sharecroppers wanted - no RENT - $1 (Pablo)
Date: 2012-12-06, 9:29AM MST
My wife and I just moved back to Montana and purchased a 30 acre farm outside of Pablo. The Pablo Canal runs right through our property with a private head-gate most of which is on a gently sloping hillside, and as a result we have 27.5 acres of a gravity irrigated mix of tall pine meadows and open farm land. We are looking for FFA students, college students, families, individuals, etc who do not have land but would like to grow a crop (or six) on our property. The soil quality is very, very high and at least 3 feet deep, the land was parked out 10 years ago and has never been commercially worked with the exception of 2 acres broken and grown on a few years ago.

We are not looking to make money or charge rent - with just the two of us we don't have the manpower required to clean up our property and fix up the fences. In return for farming a plot of whatever size you can handle (within reasonable limits) we only ask for a small share of whatever crops are grown, your assistance in cleaning up the property/repairing fences and perhaps an odd project or two - we are definitely not expecting a huge time commitment. A generator and irrigation pump are available for use should you need electricity as long as you pay for the fuel. Also this spring I plan on using the backhoe to dig a series of irrigation ponds.

If you are the super handy type (particularly with a welder) we have a 100+ foot greenhouse on the lower property that collapsed under snow load a few winters ago before we bought the property and could likely be repaired - if you are handy and interested we would be willing to fund the materials required to repair it with your labor and in return we would be willing to sign a no-cost lease for a few years to allow you exclusive use of the greenhouse.

Please call (7O3) 626-5987 if you are interested.
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Here is a link to the Community Food & Agriculture Coalition's (CFAC) Montana LandLink site, connecting farmers/ranchers to local lands available: http://www.missoulacfac.org/landlinkmontana.html
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