Courtney Torres

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Looking for the following:

Type of opportunity:

Lease (5+ Years), Lease with Option to Buy, Business Partnership, Employment with Transfer.

Equipment & infrastructure:

Barn, Fencing, Well / Pond / Other water source, Greenhouse, Livestock facilities, Farmer housing, Farm equipment, Irrigation equipment, Cold storage (cooler/freezer).

Current farming practices:

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

Qualifications and goals:

Previous farming experience:

Volunteer

Number of years experience:

2

Other qualifications:

Farm business training, Higher education in agriculture or related field.

Production goals:

Flowers, Herbs, Orchard, Poultry (Broiler/Layer), Vegetable production, Vineyard. More info: I plan to raise chickens, grow organic fruits, vegetables herbs and fresh cut flowers to service a Bed & Breakfast on the farm and local farmers markets.

Personal experience and production goals summary:

I have, in recent years, begun '"urban gardening," in my transition from an urban to an agrarian lifestyle.  My goal is to model self-sufficiency for my children by living naturally. And I would be remiss to not admit that I look forward to the peace and independence. My agricultural experience is limited.  I have taken classes and plan to continue to growth academically in that area.  I have been formally educated; however, I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Religious Studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA; a Master of Arts degree in English and Literature from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA; and a Master of Education degree with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from University of Phoenix.

I am a seasoned organizational leader and business manager with over ten years of supervisory experience. I am presently a caterer and event planner.  Additionally, I work as an online college English instructor, and an educational consultant. I was a school principal for 9 years.  During the 2015-2016 school year this role required her to oversee a $3.6 million budget, 807 students and 67 employees. 

I am a single mother with three children who are really looking forward to raising animals. As new farmers, we would like a farm with a market garden or smaller, flower gardens; as well as space for chickens, 1-5 cows, 1-3 pigs and maybe bees! We do eventually want to have horses.
My goal is for my family to have land of our own for generations.