Kyle Laird

I plan to continue to expand my honey bee operation. Also planning to add homesteading activities; cows, poultry, sheep, pigs, and gardening for the kitchen and field crops.

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Location: West, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Watauga, Wilkes

Total acres 30.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land 5.0

Acres of pasture 10.0

Looking for the following:

Type of opportunity:

Sale (Standard), Sale (Owner Financed), Lease with Option to Buy, Business Partnership, Employment with Transfer.

Equipment & infrastructure:

Barn, Fencing, Well / Pond / Other water source, Livestock facilities, Farmer housing, Farm equipment, Processing facilities. More info: A honey house is a building used for processing honey, wax and other products of the hive. It is also used for storage of these products and certain equipment which may need temperature control (e.g. ripe, but unharvested honey needs to be frozen until harvest or feeding back to bees). I have checked dairy facilities. However, this is something I am thinking I'd grow into over time. If a farm has dairy facilities already in place, I would need guidance up front in order not to let the facilities go unused as I "grow" into a dairy operation. I would hope this might come from the current farmer or his/her staff that might stay on.

Current production on farm:

More info: Honey and beeswax

Current farming practices:

Ecological production but not certified.

Qualifications and goals:

Number of years experience:

6

Other qualifications:

Farm business training. More info: Completed 2014 Piedmont Farm School through the NC Ag Extension

Production goals:

Sheep/Goat (Dairy/Meat). More info: Primarily I would like to expand my honey bee operation. I would like to continue with harvesting honey, but also expand to harvest propolis, wax and maybe pollen. I would like to breed from my own stock, maybe sell queen bees. I am interested in some tillable land for basic home gardening but largely for cover crops that can be both nectar sources and make good hay for livestock. I would like to experiment with other ventures on a small scale. My inclination is multipurpose sheep (dairy/meat possibly).

Personal experience and production goals summary:

I raised chickens and ducks as a youth. These were for egg production--leghorns, hamburgs and a few ornamental breeds for fun. The ducks were a mix of standard breeds--no specialized breeds. A total of 5 years or so. My primary income producing work is as a transportation planner. This work is in the extreme western edge of Greensboro, NC--within ""long"" commute distance of the northwest corner of NC. My current farming is my small beekeeping operation. I currently harvest honey only and at the end of last season had 9 hives and a small harvest from 2 of those hives. The past summer was a ""colony expansion"" season for me. I also keep a kitchen garden, but this is not something I plan to turn into a profit making venture.