Seeking leased land to graze livestock in and around Thurston County

Description:

I am a regenerative livestock rancher specializing in Management Intensive Grazing and pasture rehabilitation. I am looking to lease acreage in and around the Olympia area for the purpose of feeding my community high quality, 100% grass fed meat as well as implement a grazing system that contributes to the healing and rehabilitation of our planet.

Who I am and What I'm looking for:

My name is Alex Weber-Brader. I was born and raised in Olympia WA and am 26 years old. I played college basketball at Seattle Pacific University. I had to leave my sophomore year after being diagnosed with Lyme disease. My passion for livestock management has been steadily growing over the past 7 years. My favorite Youtube Channel is Greg Judy Regenerative Rancher. Some of my favorite books are The Art and Science of Grazing by Sarah Flack and Salad Bar Beef by Joel Salatin. I have a passion for working with animals and raising high quality, 100% grass fed meat. I feel a little obsessed about regenerating landscapes with livestock and reintroducing nutrient dense foods into the Standard American Diet. I want to participate in healing the planet and feeding the people! I also love the simplicity and complexity that comes with this sort of lifestyle. I have hands on experience with cattle, sheep and poultry. I have grazed sheep for two years, cattle for one and poultry for five. Last year I managed a flock of 60 lambs and ran a 100% grass-fed cow micro dairy on the Olympic Peninsula. I am easy going and am looking for an opportunity to continue my passion of regenerative livestock management.

Farming Experience:

Backyard poultry egg production for 5 years. 2 years grazing sheep, 1 one those years commercially. 1 year running a 100% grass fed, raw milk micro dairy. I am a self-educated pastoralist, spending much of my sick years with Lyme disease learning about Holistic Management and animal husbandry. I currently own a Jersey milking cow. My style of management includes moving my animals everyday with portable electric fencing; focusing on building topsoil through pasture trampling and proper regrowth.

Crops preferred to work with:

Poultry
Sheep
Cattle

Short term plans for the land / farm business:

For the first few years, I would like to custom graze stocker *cattle on leased land to build up a nest egg. After I have saved enough money I will invest in my own grass genetic cattle herd. *if cattle are not what you are looking for, I could easily transition to raising sheep, potentially even goats, poultry or hogs.

Housing needs:

No