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Henry Payne
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Hello fellow permies. I am in the midst of making a move and believe that I have enough experience to find a like-minded farmer who I can work with for a long time. I started farming in spring of 2010 and have been jumping around since then (NY, VA, HI, OR, FL) taking seasonal jobs with organic and permaculture farms, learning as much as I can from agricultural veterans. Since then I have realized that my passion goes beyond simplistic and wasteful row crop, tractor dependent, monoculture based organic farming. I'd like to be involved with an operation that uses as much hand work as possible on small acreage and incorporates polycultures, living mulches, intelligent irrigation solutions, sustainable soil fertility methods -- all that great stuff -- but is still of course on pace to be profitable. Donating surplus to food shelters, on-site workshops and tours, seed saving when possible, humane treatment of livestock et cetera is all important to me as well. I truly believe that sustainable agriculture/permaculture can be transformative within a community and that's why I want to be an integral part of a farm that shares a similar vision for sustainability and can help me grow in my craft.

Aside from varied experience as a farmhand and maintaining my own gardens, my most recent employment was as field manager for a 200 member vegetable and citrus CSA in Central Florida. In the following sixteen months I have created and maintained by hand a 1/3 acre market garden here in the same area. Attached to this post are photos of that garden. I've produced a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, and am now selling in bulk to a nearby Great Ape Sanctuary with which I have a consistent and profitable relationship. I've done almost all of the work by hand (used a mower and weed eater a few times-- no tractors at all), and incorporate both complex and simple polyculture guilds to maintain pest, fertility and disease control. I've developed a bountiful garden that many of the locals insisted would be impossible without pesticides and synthetic fertilizer application. The more experience I have growing food, the more possibilities I see and skills I have learned in crop planning, field work techniques, record keeping, crew management, irrigation, seed/variety selection, use of space, creative problem solving with onsite resources, et cetera. Unfortunately, the owner of the land I am growing on is moving, and my garden will be turned back into grass by December. It will be very difficult to part with this land, but I didn't want to live in Florida forever and considered it an opportunity to look for a more ideal situation and someone to combine forces with instead of doing all the work on my own. North Carolina in particular sounds good to me but I am open to anything. I've had enough of this nomadic lifestyle and would be very interested in one of three things:

1) Helping a young or inexperienced farm by assisting with management and labor in whatever degree or areas necessary. With my experience in many different systems and climates, I am able to adeptly approach a lot of scenarios and don't have just one solution to all of the amazingly persistent problems that occur on a farm, of which many I am familiar with. Not necessarily looking to take over managing an operation unless it works out that way. Being a useful second or third or fourth brain to help run things smoothly and make it successful would be fulfilling for me in itself.

2) Simply working as a farmhand for an awesome farm that needs a long term employee and is willing to treat me with respect.

3) Assisting an older farmer who is ready for retirement with the possibility of transitioning management in the future, or in exchange for help would be willing to cheaply lease farm land or offer affordable housing.

I'm willing to work on salary/stipend instead of by the hour, and put in as much effort as the farm needs to succeed. This is my passion. Vegetable production and fruit trees are my main interest, but wouldn't mind working with animals as well. In particular I am looking at North Carolin, but would consider any area with potential.

Thanks for reading and please send me a message if you are interested or could help connect me with farmers that you think would be! I have a solid resume and references.

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Rita Swan
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Location: Carolina Piedmont
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Hello Henry. I live in upstate South Carolina, about 2 miles from the NC state line (50 miles south of Asheville). I have a little under 50 acres. I moved here 10 months ago and have been working on restoring old pastures and developing a system of water catchment and storage. My interests lie mostly with animals so I was wondering if your interests and mine are complementary? I don't/won't use chemicals/pesticides/herbicides. I would love to grow fruit and veggies but have focused on animals because that's what I know. I'm not hard set on exactly what I'm going to do in terms of production, but I am set on creating an income stream VS going broke. If this at all piques your interest, contact me. I wish you the best in your search, and hope you find a good "fit" for your dream. ~Rita
 
Chris Haas
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Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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If you are still looking for a farm to work at please check out my website to see if you might like to help us out. edible-gardens.com
 
Mary Johnson
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I'm looking for some permaculture farmers who seek land or mentoring and the opportunity to try out their own business in a supported homestead environment. I'm co-founder of Terra Genesis International, and teach permaculture at Greenfield Community College in western Massachusetts. Please pass this along to anyone who you think would be interested. Thanks,
Mary Johnson

> Permaculture homesteading and business mentoring opportunity -Searching for 4 special talented caring people.
> Please share this with friends who might be interested. We are searching for 4 individuals with an interest in collaborative homesteading or developing their own earth based regenerative business. The opportunity comes with the option of some consistent professional mentoring. Home/Landowner is offering a farming/permaculture business mentoring situation on a 6 acre homestead in Ashfield. Cost for the on-site residential option is $450/month but you keep all that you earn from your business to help offset this cost.
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> Applications are due Nov 15th. Send brief letter of interest stating why you are interested along with your resume to mejinwesternmass@gmail.com. There are 4 residential positions available, and participants will live together in a communal household and manage the 6 acres while working on developing their own permaculture/farm business with assistance from the landowner and the other participants. Non-residential participation is also possible.

The optional coaching can include business plan development, Holistic Management'TM, advanced topics in permaculture, marketing and hosting an onsite Permaculture Design Certificate course, as well as PDC teaching experience.

We are searching especially for someone with a passion for regenerative livestock rearing and beekeeping, someone who has experience and interest in culinary arts/value added products and medicinal plants, someone with gifts in marketing, farm based tourism and education. Also open to other innovative creative entrepreneurs with other interests.

People from diverse backgrounds and traditionally under represented groups highly welcomed.

> See photos and past experience on www.permacultureglobal.org -search for wrcinashfield and on Facebook at Watershed Resource Consultants.
http://wrcinashfield.wordpress.com

> > http://www.wethetrees.com an online crowd funding website for permaculture projects, and people needing help raising funds to take a permaculture design course, internship or project.


 
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