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58 Acre farm. Organic since 1970

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I have a 58 acre working organic farm in Camp Verde, Arizona, with 3/4 mile frontage on the Verde River. The farm is very private, quiet, safe and secure.

I am looking for many skills that can advance the work on the farm. No drugs, alcohol abuse or violence are tolerated on the ranch. The ranch is located at 4470 West Middle Verde Road. 5 miles west of I the 17 freeway. If you like to tinker or invent new things, you are welcome to join the fun. Currently we are developing two hydro power systems, new green houses, brick ovens, high efficiency wood heating energy systems, a system that provides free cooling for a walk in cooler and a whole roof solar hot water system. We will soon be building a new house that uses 10 foot x 20 foot x 12 inch hollow prefab concrete panels. After the walls are in place, they will be filled with sand or earth. This gives the thermal performance of a 12" solid masonry wall. Four inches of Styrofoam will be added to the exterior wall and covered with stucco for protection. Suggestions for a more ecological insulation material are welcome.

The farm has been farmed organically for the last 43 years. The goal of the ranch is to be a local source for quality organic food and to provide sustainable sources of energy. I have two degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, with an emphasis on physics. I was awarded 5 US patents when I worked in the electronics industry.

If privacy is important to you, you won't be disturbed.

The ranch has access to the Verde River and the National forest for riding, fishing, canoeing and general recreation. Many wild animals are seen, passing through the farm. This morning a Great Blue Heron Crane was "fishing" in the irrigation ditch. I protect this wildlife and it is not allowed to disturb them. Pets OK as long as they don't bother the cattle, horses, alpacas, sheep, goats, guineas, geese and chickens on the ranch. If you have a dog that loves to run and won't leave the ranch, they are welcome to be free roaming.

The skills I am looking for are:
Management and organization
Bee keeping
Animal husbandry
Equipment repair
Electronic circuit construction. The farm now has a Tektronix 20 MHz dual channel oscilloscope
Tinkering and new invention skills
Machine work. The farm now has a large vertical milling machine and we are looking for a good lathe.
Baking and cooking

There is limited housing available on the farm. There is a wild and beautiful area adjacent to the Verde River, where you are welcome to camp.

This is a perfect situation for someone who loves farming but doesn't have the practical experience. If you would like a "college education"; at age 77, I have the knowledge and experience to teach engineering, physics and mathematics. I believe that my best form of immortality is to teach others what I know and to help them to have their own successful life.

References required and a background check will be done. For more information or to arrange a visit to the ranch, contact me,
Peter Robinson
928 821 2369 cell phone
Hilofarmer SKYPE number

My long range plans are:
1.) To have a happy family
2.) To contribute to the local development of Organic food
3.) To create local sources of sustainable energy
4.) To contribute to ways of using resources in an efficient and sustainable ways.
5.) To have this farm doing well financially and add a second organic farm on the Big Island of Hawaii.

I now have a 3 bedroom 1 ¾ bath home that is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, 6 miles North of Hilo on the Hamakua coast. This home is rented and I will probably move there in August 2014. My neighbor, Alan Hurt, is organically farming the 18 acres that surround my home on ¼ acre. Alan has tentatively agreed to leasing ¼ acre of land adjacent to my house where I will build a shop for research on the above goals and have a large Organic garden.

Natasha, my wife is lives in Bolbasovo, Belarus, and we are working through the details of her green card. She has been a nurse in the Bolbasovo Hospital for 32 years. Before I met her, her dream was to be a surgeon, living in Hawaii and gathering wild plants in the jungle. Valentine, my step son, will probably attend NAU in Flagstaff in the fall of 2013 and spend some weekends on the ranch. Valentine is fluent in Russian, Belorussian, English and conversational German.

I am bilingual English/Spanish and my Russian is sufficient to travel in Russian speaking countries without language assistance if necessary.
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Hi, sounds like you've lived an interesting life, with more adventures in store.

Best wishes,

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Howdy Peter, welcome to Permies. Sounds like you have a nice place there. Any pictures you could post?
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Welcome Peter, your setup sounds amazing!
I might've missed it in your post, but do you have a number on how many people you're looking for, and are any of the skills you list especially desirable?
I see the makings of a village
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Hi Peter,
I'm a certified PDC that lives in S. Lake Tahoe. I'm a new owner of a landscaping and gardening business called Natures Gardener. I build food gardens and do general landscaping and I base all my work on the principles of permaculture. I also teach workshops at the community college on growing organic food. I have lots of construction experience, was head of maintenance at a timeshare resort, and was tossed around by a few plumbing and electrical contractors in my early working years. Your project sound like its right up my alley.
I'm looking for a lifestyle change since Tahoe is extremely slow to adapt anything. I'm also in the middle of getting the family Tahoe house ready to put on the market this summer, which means I'll be on the move and looking for a sustainable project such as this. I'd love to put my skills to works and I'm willing to work for just food and a place to camp. I did this for a few months in Napa Valley, CA and built a small food forest on a 3/4 acre plot with out a problem (actually i really dug it. I've been a fan of camping since i was a kid)

If you're interested, I'll send all my references, work experience, and PDC certificate, along with pics of my work.

Thanks, I hope to hear from ya
Brian Hirdman
(530) 721-0355
Feel Free to call or text
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Sounds kind of nice!!! you still there??? be in Anthem 6/17/15 for awhile/month ! send em if you still have it . Hi to Mark too!!! regards! from CA wine country...till Wed.
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Hello, this sounds exactly like what my partner and I may be looking for... but this ad was posted 2 years ago, is it still valid? IF it is I would love hearing from you, my umber is 541-813 9543 or my e-mail is -thanks
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