Leslie Dyer

Land to grow Culinary and Medicinal Herbs, Mushrooms, Ginseng, Ginkgo. Open land for an organic vineyard a plus.

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Location: West, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania, Watauga, Yancey

Total acres 10.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land 1.0

Acres of pasture 2.0

Looking for the following:

Type of opportunity:

Lease (5+ Years), Lease with Option to Buy, Business Partnership. More info: I'm looking for a long term lease or partnership or barter for my Medicinal and Culinary Plant business and optional establish an Organic Vineyard and hops operation.

Equipment & infrastructure:

Barn, Well / Pond / Other water source, Farmer housing. More info: A potable water source (well or cistern/spring)and electricity. Be allowed to construct a small 15 x 25 hoop house and storage shed/barn, RV permitted if no housing is existing.

Current production on farm:

Fallow, Hay or pasture, Orchard, Vineyard. More info: Ideally at least 10 acres of reasonably cleared land. Sloped South, East or West for a vineyard. Some forest for mushroom production.

Current farming practices:

Certified organic, None, the property is not being farmed. More info: Organic Certified. plant propagation, citrus, wine grapes, hops, and mushrooms.

Qualifications and goals:

Previous farming experience:

Volunteer, Manager

Number of years experience:

14

Other qualifications:

Farm business training, Higher education in agriculture or related field. More info: Horticulture/Greenhouse plant propagation, Viticulture and Oenologist. (commercial organic vineyard and winery) Old & Historic building restoration and licensed electrician. Presently doing research and manufacture of Cancer/Flu Suppressing Medicines from plant extracts.

Production goals:

Aquaculture, Herbs, Orchard, Vegetable production, Vineyard, Woodlot or forest products. More info: I have operated my own 38 acre organic farm , vineyard, winery and CSA in Vermont for 12 years which was destroyed by a flood. I hope to re-establish something similar in WNC. A small parcel initially. 5-10 acres of field or pasture with some forest (1 acre). in exchange for other professional construction, hydrology/ grading, plumbing , electrical or property management work or partnership.

Personal experience and production goals summary:

Since 2002, I have designed and installed vineyards and orchards, electric fencing systems and irrigation systems, built ponds, raised Scottish Highland for beef, along with creating many other food products I sold to the public such as salsa, honey, maple syrup, pickles, vinegar. Making and selling organic wines commercially since 2006. I have also harvested my own timber, operated a saw mill and constructed my own 40 x 80' timberframe 2 story barn, in addition to restoring several 100+year old homes that were falling apart. Designed and installed a 20 x20 aquaponic growing system with 2 150 gallon fish tanks/ 100 fish. Licensed electrical contractor, Old and historic home restoration work.  I am presently trading housing for professional services and property management while looking for land in WNC. "Willing to do an equity of proceeds split in return for land use. Willing to trade other services for land lease or housing.

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