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Tari Newton
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13 Acres - chemical, herbicide, pesticide, GMO FREE! TRADE farming for housing plus a spit of the profits. No experience necessary. We will teach you. Just need a positive attitude and passionate desire to create a sustainable farm.

What we have now:
We currently have 9 milk goats; 60 chickens; 2 sheep; 2 gr. pyranese; One aquaponics system. A compost bin. Large barn. Rain barrels. We also have an inground heated pool (for recreation, and/ or water source if needed); 13 acres of mostly pasture. Our property is walking distance from the river.

Where: We live in Beautiful, Bluegrass Kentucky, just north of Nashville, TN. We have lived in many states, and this is one of the prettiest states we have ever lived.

Our situation: We travel for work sporadically but extended time frames (up to 3-4 weeks at a time) which has prohibited our growing the farm to incorporate the sustainable systems that we need. We lost ALL of our fish and 600 plants last year while we were on one of our trips when our temporary farm caretaker forgot to check the electric breaker and the pump failed (but would have been turned back on with a simple flip of a switch).

We have found that a temporary (weekend or when we travel) solution is not going to work. Thus, we are now looking for more of a partnership. My husband and I, aged 44 and married for 22 years, would love to propose the following:

Partnership Summary: " A split of the profits from egg, vegetation, milk, fleece, etc plus free rent of a 1000sq ft apartment in exchange for taking care of the farm. Private entrance with pool view. You would not need to pay anything in rent, and all electric, water, gas, and internet, is included. A 2nd bedroom can be included for the right person(s).

In order to split the profits it is important to ensure that the costs and waste are minimized and preventative health is pursued for the animals. We would then split the produce, eggs, and milk, etc. What you don't eat, you can sell!! Our town has 4 thriving farmers markets and several farm to table restaurants in town. This would be income to cover any feed etc (which is minimal due to the grazing of the 13 acres.) And the rest of the sales could be income for our families. I currently have MANY varieties of heirloom seeds including seeds for medicinal plants that will get us started for our seedlings for the upcoming year.The work would include but not necessarily limited to maintaining and growing our current livestock (including clipping hooves, medication) and vegetation, maintaining the fencing and making repairs or adjustments as needed. Expanding the aquaponics and self sustainable systems. Breeding to expand the herd and flocks.

I am also open to you parking an RV if you prefer, you would only need to share in the increase in utilities.

What we want to have:
I would like for us to produce enough food to live a sustainable life, by expanding our aquaponics, herd, flock through a healthy breeding program, and adding turkeys and at least rabbits (for composting material). And would like to do this with someone who wants the same!
We are looking into getting a hoop green house to extend the growing season throughout the year using a wood burning stove and any other type of alternative heating source that is practical (compost, water barrels, etc)
I want to expand the aquaponics system to grow all vegetables required for all food and herbs. As well as providing fish for food. I have bins and would love to have worms as well. We have pine trees to contribute acidic mulch for acid loving plants such as blueberries, too!
I want us to add Mason (non stinging) bees. Our neighbor has hives and would happily show us how to best care for these lovely creatures.

We are open to other animals provided that the fencing can be sufficient as well as the pasture being sufficient to prevent over grazing. We had looked into getting a few cows but our current electric fencing wasn't enough to prevent the liability of their getting out. However, if you have animals that you would desire to add to the farm, this can be discussed for joint purchase as well.

We do NOT use any chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, or GMO seeds and ALL fertilizers are organic.

Additionally, something that is definitely NOT required, but could be fun, is to cook together, or co-cook on rotation, or something like that. We eat a mostly Paleo and 100% gluten free diet. We do our best to cook organic foods as well.

We are looking forward to getting to know others who are like minded and enjoy the idea of creating a thriving farm! We are happy to share the knowledge that we have gained over the years and are eager to learn from you as well!!!


tags: farm partnership, need land, prepper, self sustainable farm, rent for work, trade room for work, trade rent for work, split profits, rv, camper
 
Andrew Rodriguez
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Hey there,
I really like the sound of this opportunity. Message me or email me at ARmax000@hotmail.com.
My name is Andrew Rodriguez, I am studying Liberal Arts Major, an avid urban farmer and a digital artist. I have previously developed succesful urban farms to bring the local food production movement to my community. I have worked on conventional homesteads as well, where my main focus was maintaining a wide variety of crops and teaching children about the native flora and fauna, the seasonal and reproductive cycle of plants and insects, pest identification, livestock care and the connectivity of species in nature. I am a fastidious researcher and planner and enjoy creating financial plans, thinking of whole systems integration and creating "dream farms" where no waste is created and production components complement each other. I have also had less horticulturally oriented jobs such as babysitting, illustration, bartending and cash handling; jobs that requiring tactful interaction, organization, creativity and focus.


QUALIFICATIONS
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-Five years of organic farming experience: successfully raised from seed/cutting heirloom vegetable annuals, tropical fruit trees and plants, mold, moss, log-grown shiitake mushrooms, perennial berries, herbs and more.
-Sustainable farming experience under the direction of Raasa Leela Montebello, a certified permaculture instructor taught by Ben Falk, Andrew Faust and Steve Brill.
-Urban farming experience, grew tomatoes, squash, kale, carrots, beets, radishes, sunflowers, peppers, rhubarb, cantaloupe, broccoli, wheatgrass and herbs on a 15x25 plot in Queens, NY in 2015. In this project I used forest soil and humus from upstate New York and cultivated indigenous micro organisms and mycelia growth to improve soil fertility.
-Experienced in care of chickens, ducks, tropical fish, carp, nematodes and microorganisms, pythons, small reptiles, amphibians, cats, dogs and goats
-Experienced in the care of beneficial garden insects such as crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, butterflies, katydids, ants, bees, bush crickets and praying mantis.
- Passion and respect for the earth. It is my belief that our relationship to our habitat, environment and world is the most significant aspect of life and can help cultivating flourishing community.
- Experience using some power tools, lifting over 50 lbs and working in the summer heat.
- Experience with keeping records and almanacs through journals, info sheets and blogging.
-Knowledge of Microsoft Suite, Mac and PC OS and web design.
- In love with learning. Interested in animal husbandry, natural farming, reforestation, permaculture, entomology, alternative food movement, native plant foraging, medicinal plants, animation, storytelling, music, mythology, sustainability, illustration and philosophy.
- A people's person: I love to interact with people at work and have worked a number of positions that require outstanding social skills.
- Drawing and draftsman ability using watercolors, inks and Photoshop. My personal portfolio and comic books can be seen at www.newcleeart.com<http://www.newcleeart.com/>

RECENT POSITIONS 2014-2015
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Activities and Maintenance Director
Tenderfoot Farms, Ashland, Virginia
- In charge of the care and health of chickens, ducks and bees as well as the vegetable garden and peach orchards.
- Animal husbandry, organic pest control, soil fertility knowlege and willingness to live without modern conveniences such as air conditioning and plumbing.
- Educated visitors and their children on the farm activities and the native life of the property.
- Ran a nature camp, taking children out to the field so they could take part in harvesting, bug catching and plant identification.
- Housekeeping, childcare and cooking duties for the homestead.
- In charge of identifying and removing problem pests such as tomato hornworm, harlequin beetle, cucumber beetle, green stink bug, cabbage worm, squashbug and Japanese beetle. Also responsible for coming up with organic or biological solutions and/or prevention techniques for various pests.
- Identified and recorded native species of plants, animals, trees and insects out in the field for biodiversity reports.
- Bred crickets, katydids and locusts for research in determining the palatability, domesticabily and practicality of insects for an alternate food source for livestock and as garden beneficials.

Assistant
Harlockson Farm and Construction, Ashland,VA
- Assisted in various farm and construction tasks, major project was building a moveable chicken tractor out of a discarded trailer.
- Assisted in the cultivation and sale of organic oyster and shiitake mushroom.
- Split lumber and kept roads clear of falling timber.
- Organized dinner parties and farm activity meet-ups.
- Cared for the property.

Garden Manager
Platz and Moore, Ridgewood, NY
- Converted an empty, trash filled lot into a highly productive agri-ecosystem.
- Used sustainable practices such as soil remineralization, organic compost, rain water recycling, companion planting, cover crops and introduction/attraction of pollinating insects.
- Seed saving of heirloom varieties.
- Educated volunteers on the care, maintenance and life cycle of plants.
- Over 80 percent of what was grown was donated to the community restaurants and artist studios.

EDUCATION
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-Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts at Borough of Manhattan College, New York, NY
-Associates Degree in Graphic Design at Palm Beach State College

CONTACT INFORMATION
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#: (561)-420-5493
Armax000@hotmail.com<mailto:Armax000@hotmail.com>
701Woodward ave.
Ridgewood, New York 11385
 
Tari Newton
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Hi Andrew!
I just saw your post and sent you a quick email.

I look forward to reading our post thoroughly and getting back with you!
 
Rob Becker
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Hi Tari do you still need a hard working experienced helper
 
lucas cesar
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Hi, I'm definitely the person you're looking for and you are definitely the farm I'm looking for. I will be glad to tell you all my story by email and listen to yours personally. I'll just state that I'm allergic to soy and have been living paleo for almost 4 years now. I'm an economics student so I have a strong math and economics expertise but I'm also in love with nutrition and paleo and sustainable living, permaculture etc. Plus I have had many aquariums and a small successful experience with basil in aquaponics. I'm a 22 year old man full of strength and passion. Consider me.
I'm willing to help you out with your farm.
Please contact me at lucasclenzc@gmail.com.
 
Fernando Kojin
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Hello there.

Did you find who you were looking for?

Thanks.



Fernando
 
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