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Dave Hawkins
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Location: Kansas City, MO
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I put this in the sheep / goat forum first, but then I found this forum - might be more appropriate ...

My name's Dave Hawkins and I just completed a 6 month internship with Greg Judy in Clark, Missouri (30 minutes north of Columbia) where I learned mob grazing of both cattle and sheep very thoroughly and I ended up liking sheep much better than cattle. Near the end of my time with Greg, I stumbled upon an opportunity close by on a beautiful 240 acre parcel of land. Long story short, the landowner has agreed to install fencing and water plus buy the animals to start a mob grazed sheep operation on the Front 40 acres. I have my sheep supply lined up from one of the best in this business - the Hopping Brothers of NE Oklahoma who have Katahdin / Florida Native / Dorper hair sheep that are extremely parasite resistant and are used to daily moves. There is an old 12x60 trailer on the place which I have rehabbed. And I have a 35' x 35' BackToEdenFilm.com garden spot started. I'm divorced so it's just me. Here's what I am looking for: HELP. I cannot be at the farm 7 days per week but someone has to be. So I am putting feelers out to see if there's any "permie types" out there that would like to live here in this trailer on this farm and pay some low rent in exchange for a bit of help with daily chores (mainly moving temporary fence). Another option might be for you to park your own travel trailer on the property and pay NO rent in exchange for help. I don't know exactly what would be fair, but this seems like a great opportunity and I don't want to pass it up for lack of help. The landowner is open to letting me use the additional 200 acres in subsequent years if I do well on this 40 acres. He is also open minded to other aspects of permaculture - keyline plowing, swaling, planting of nut trees, berry bushes (per Mark Shepard). In this project, I am working closely with the University of Missouri Agroforestry Center, which I learned about by reading Mark Shepard's book, and also with a professor at Lincoln University in Jefferson City regarding "goats in the woods." This could be a great advantage for someone because I do know a lot about rotational grazing of hair sheep, having interned with Greg and being connected with the Hopping Bros. These sheep are very profitable. This area has a large Amish community close by so there's plenty of cheap meat, milk and eggs available until we get our own going. I am very open to suggestion for any type arrangement that is fair. You can read about me at my blog here ... http://truthmatters.info/about-me/
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Steven Kious
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Hey their my names Steven I think my wife and I would be very interested in what your doing. I work and live on a farm currently I take care of a number of animals my wife has grown up on farms. We would be willing to park a trailer and help. Let me know if your still wanting something like that
 
Dave Hawkins
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Awesome. Can you send resume / pics to my email? dhawkins2@gmail.com
 
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