I work in Puyallup and am seeking a place to grow food during the evenings and weekends. Vegetables, fruit, bees and/or pastured livestock. I'm open to different types of arrangements where goals of the landowner and myself can align.
I would like to produce enough food for myself, family and friends. In a season or two, I would like to expand to selling product(s) as a supplemental income. In 2020 I could get started on fall/winter vegetable crops and/or prepare the garden space for the 2021 growing season. Based on the land, resources, etc, I would research and select the appropriate combination of plants and animals to grow.
I'm considering buying a tiny-home, as living on-site is very advantageous for farming . I am a 29 year old male and have lived in Western Washington for most of my life.
I have experienced: 1.5 growing seasons on diversified vegetable farms, 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer living and working with farmers in Zambia, 6 years gardening, and growing backyard fruit and chickens. I have a masters of science degree from a Natural Resources Management/Agriculture program. I am handy in basic carpentry and general farm work. I continuously learn and am interested in no-dig market gardens, fruit orchards and pastured livestock. I currently work as a Plant Technician at an Agricultural Research Center.
Short term I'd like to grow a majority of my vegetables and protein, and have extra to share and possibly sell. I believe this can be done while improving the land (e.g. soil and water). Early on I would like to establish a no-dig garden, build and buy livestock infrastructure such as mobile chicken tractors and electric fencing, and work on getting other systems in place. I'm flexible with regards to working with existing systems and collaborating with others.