Andrew Thewlis

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Location: West, Buncombe, Henderson, Madison

Looking for the following:

Type of opportunity:

Sale (Standard), Lease with Option to Buy.

Equipment & infrastructure:

Barn, Well / Pond / Other water source, Greenhouse, Farmer housing, Cold storage (cooler/freezer).

Qualifications and goals:

Production goals:

Cattle (Dairy/Beef), Field crops, Flowers, Herbs, Poultry (Broiler/Layer), Vegetable production. More info: I'd start with 1/2 to 1 acre of biologically based, intensive mixed annual/perennial production. After the Grower-Buyer meeting at ASAP's Business of Farming conference I'll have a clearer picture of what I'll be growing, and for whom. Once production is under way, I'll bring livestock & non selective rotational pasture management into the picture. Egg production most likely. Maybe dairy later on. Given enough space, I could even see grain production.

Personal experience and production goals summary:

Experience: Organic Gardening Specialist, Micro Farms Organic Gardens, Charlotte, NC 2014- 2015 Managed gardens for high profile clientele Monitored plant health and nutrition Pest and disease management Bed installation, fertilization, and season extension Maintained distinguished garden aesthetics Micromanaged seasonal variety selection, seeding, nursery production, soil mix, and transplanting Organic Farmer, Lomax Incubator Farm, Concord, NC 2014 Developed farm-based business Attended Cabarrus County Extension Service classes on the business of organic farming Designed, cultivated, and managed 1/2 acre of mixed USDA Certified Organic vegetable and cut flower production Harvest and Prep for a 20-person subscription service Practiced Integrated Pest Management via mechanical and biological controls such as beneficial insects Assumed lead position in working with employees and volunteers Maintained communal hand and power tools Organic Gardening Specialist, American Beauty Garden Center, Charlotte, NC 2011- 2014 Advised customers on seasonally appropriate varieties, their growth habits, culture, and proper management Soil specialist with an emphasis on beneficial soil ecology Organic pest and disease solutions Organic fertilizer input and applicationOrganic herbicide solutions Plant stress identification Seedling production Compost Tea production Customer education Sales Shipping/Receiving Farming Internship, Windcrest Farm, Monroe, NC 2010 - 2011 Vegetable, Herb, and Cut Flower production on a USDA Certified Organic farm Certified Organic seedling and propagation production Commercial nursery management Greenhouse cut lettuce production Greenhouse, Hoophouse, and High Tunnel management Minimal tillage technique via tractor, implements, and hand tools Harvest and Prep Chef, Luna’s Living Kitchen, Charlotte NC 2009 - 2010 Opened Charlotte’s first restaurant focused on living foods and plant based cuisine Aided in site selection Designed a raw, vegan, local, and organic menu Prepared and executed menu Collaborated with local farmers to meet kitchen needs Developed appreciation for flavor, freshness, presentation, and on plate aesthetics Additional Training 2010 Organic Growers School, Asheville, NC 2010 CFSA Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Winston Salem, NC 2010 Neal Kinsey Soil Fertility 3-day Workshop Concord, NC 2013 CEFS/ATTRA Small –Scale Intensive Farming Workshop, Wilmington, NC 2015 Maximizing Use of Diverse Cover Crops Workshop, Living Web Farms, NC 2015 Grazier's Intensive: Preparing for Winter Feeding, Living Web Farms, NC 2015 Easy Season Extension Tips, Living Web Farms, NC Working as a metalsmith for my wife's hand-crafted jewelry line, Blydesign. I'd love the opportunity to discuss this further, in depth, and in person.