Benjamin Shirley

Hard working, reliable, former public servant seeking land to place ornamental plant nursery. Production goal to start selling in the fall of 2017.

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Total acres 2.0

Looking for the following:

Type of opportunity:

Sale (Standard), Sale (Owner Financed), Lease (1 to 5 Years), Lease with Option to Buy, Internship / Mentorship, Incubator / Mentored Lease, Business Partnership, Employment, Employment with Transfer. More info: Seeking land to place a cut flower farm. Greenhouse, cold frames and irrigation helpful but can be built out. Seeking close to the South Charlotte / Fort Mill, Lancaster, SC area but open to ideas and other locations. Currently working with local high end floral company and flower wholesaler.

Equipment & infrastructure:

Well / Pond / Other water source, Greenhouse, Farm equipment, Processing facilities, Irrigation equipment, Cold storage (cooler/freezer). More info: Greenhouse, cold frame, high tunnel (s) desired. Irrigation and water source good, though alternatives a possibility.

Current production on farm:

Flowers, Orchard, 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. More info: Prefer Organic practices / transitioning or property that is not currently being farmed. Open to discussion.

Qualifications and goals:

Previous farming experience:


Other qualifications:

Higher education in agriculture or related field. More info: Currently working with local, high florist and flower wholesaler. Strong and diverse background in horticulture, plant health care management, integrated pest management, NC CDL A.

Production goals:

Flowers, Herbs, Orchard. More info: Seeking 1- 2 plus acres to place ornamental plant nursery. Water source, greenhouse, and / or cold frame / high tunnels a plus. Looking for land to start working immediately.

Personal experience and production goals summary:

Currently working with local high end floral shop in the Ballantyne area.

Former public servant (see posted resume) with a clean criminal background and valid NC CDL A drivers license seeking land to implement cut flower farm in the south Charlotte, NC area. Open to renting / leasing with the right arrangement. Looking to grow high end, great quality flowers to fill a select need in the Charlotte NC area. All connections will be considered.

Past experiences include both public and private leadership with a secutiry background. Multiple courses on plant / pest ID and integrated solutions. Comfortable with budgets and posses strong communications skills. Proven drug free and can provide background check information and clean drivers history, physically fit. Ability to grow anything with a passion for difficult nursery exotics such as orchids and carnivorous plants. It is my hope to transfer this knowledge, and gain knowledge in nuseryman industry.