Steven Furr

I want to turn your property in to a perennial paradise featuring chestnuts, paw-paws, persimmon, mulberry, and any other perennial or useful plant under the sun.

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Location: West, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey

Looking for the following:

Type of opportunity:

Lease (5+ Years), Lease with Option to Buy, Internship / Mentorship, Incubator / Mentored Lease, Business Partnership, Employment, Employment with Transfer. More info: I am a aspiring nurseryman and "orchardist". I am going to be growing around 2,000 trees this spring and would love to plant them somewhere I could eventually reap their rewards. I would potentially use your site for a useful tree nursery as well. "Restoration Agriculture" by Mark Shepard gives a good idea of what I want to do. Chestnuts, paw paws, persimmons, tree fed livestock, mulberry, brambles, any and every perennial. I have experience with annual and perennial farming systems. I can provide a resume and references, plus answer any other questions at your request. Thank you for your consideration, Steven Furr

Equipment & infrastructure:

Barn, Fencing, Well / Pond / Other water source, Greenhouse, Livestock facilities, Farmer housing, Farm equipment, Processing facilities, Irrigation equipment, Cold storage (cooler/freezer). More info: I don't need any infrastructure. I can bring all my trees and everything I need with me to the site. Things that would be nice to have would be cooler/freezer (for propagation material), and greenhouse.

Current production on farm:

Aquaculture, Cattle (Dairy/Beef), Christmas trees, Fallow, Field crops, Flowers, Hay or pasture, Herbs, Hogs, Orchard, Poultry (Broiler/Layer), Sheep/Goat (Dairy/Meat), Vegetable production, Vineyard, Woodlot or forest products.

Current farming practices:

Biodynamic, Conventional, Certified organic, Transitioning to organic, Ecological production but not certified, None, the property is not being farmed.

Qualifications and goals:

Previous farming experience:


Number of years experience:


Other qualifications:

Higher education in agriculture or related field. More info: BS, Sustainable Agriculture, Appalachian State University '16. Intern at Red Fer Farm and Nursery, Wapello, Iowa: September - November 2016 Chestnut and Paw-paw "U-Pick" Diversified orchard Diversified nursery Intern at Against the Grain Farm, Zionville, NC: January 2015 - January 2016 Diversified vegetable and livestock farm. Garden Manager at YMCA Camp Harrison, Boomer, NC: March - September 2016 Responsible for production of a garden plot for education and enjoyment of summer campers aged 6-16.

Production goals:

Hogs, Orchard, Poultry (Broiler/Layer), Sheep/Goat (Dairy/Meat), Vineyard, Woodlot or forest products. More info: I want to create a perennial based, food producing system, that will generate profit and food for centuries. The main profit coming from Chinese chesnuts, and paw-paws. These are the products I have seen make profits in Iowa, but want incorporate pigs, chickens, mulberries, persimmons, honeylocust, and any other perennial crop with potential (pecans, asian pear, honey berry, etc.) In the nearer future, I would like to start a small scale tree nursery and that could provide more immediate profits.


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