Joseph Shenk

Pastured broilers and layers initially with space to grow into pastured beef and diary.

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Location: Southeast, Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow

Total acres 50.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land 25.0

Acres of pasture 25.0

Looking for the following:

Type of opportunity:

Sale (Standard), Sale (Owner Financed), Lease (1 to 5 Years), Lease (5+ Years), Lease with Option to Buy, Incubator / Mentored Lease, Employment with Transfer.

Equipment & infrastructure:

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

Current production on farm:

Cattle (Dairy/Beef), Field crops, Hay or pasture, Hogs, Poultry (Broiler/Layer).

Current farming practices:

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

Qualifications and goals:

Previous farming experience:

Employee

Number of years experience:

2

Production goals:

Cattle (Dairy/Beef), Hay or pasture, Hogs. More info: Start small with pastured poultry and kitchen vegetable/fruit products such jams, jelly, salsa, etc. Expanding and diversifying into pastured beef and diary (raw and pasteurized) and potentially pork as able to transition from full time to part time off farm job.

Personal experience and production goals summary:

I grew up spending summers working on my uncle's hay farm and helping friends with dairy and beef chores. I began working on a local farm in high school producing mostly corn and soybeans with about 50 beef cattle. Since moving to Newport NC with the Marine Corps, I have helped a good friend butcher cattle and pork and started raising pastured broilers on our small property. I am currently working in construction and hoping to find a property to start raising more chickens, to include egg production, with enough space to grow into a small pastured dairy and beef operation.