Small acreage at Rusted Earth Farm available for new farm business

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County: Buncombe

Location: Marshall/Leicester

Total acres 18.0

Acres of cropland/tillable land 0.5

Acres of pasture 9.0

Acres of unfenced pasture 0.0

Property Description

Rusted Earth Farm and Studio was started by Kyle Guie and Jessica Sanchez in 2016. Kyle is a full time urban planner and Jessica is a sheep farmer and artist based out of her studio on the farm. Our main farming focus right now is fiber sheep. We have about 20 head of Navajo Churro and Jacob sheep. Our 18 acres consists of about 9 acres of pasture and 9 of woods. We are looking for the right person to start their own farm business on about .5 acres. I want to make it clear that we are looking to provide land to a new farmer that wants to create a viable farm business. We are not looking for gardeners or homesteaders. More acreage can be included for the right situation. Well water and a pond are available for irrigation. We also have a very small off grid cabin that can be available to the right farmer during the growing season. Cold storage is also available in the basement of the cabin. To be clear, our priority is to provide a small piece of land to a young farmer for workshare. We love gardeners and homesteaders that's not what we are looking for here. A business plan, market plan and/or intent to develop one is required.

Type of opportunity

  • Incubator / Mentored Lease
  • Business Partnership

Type of opportunity - more info

Workshare-in exchange for access to land the farmer will help out with occasional tasks around the farm. Details to be determined.

Equipment & infrastructure

  • Fencing
  • Well / Pond / Other water source
  • Cold storage (cooler/freezer)

Equipment & infrastructure - more info

Fencing, water, cold storage, tractor on as need basis and only operated by owner.

Current production on farm

  • Sheep/Goat (Dairy/Meat)
  • Woodlot or forest products

Current production on farm - more info

20 head of fiber sheep.

Current and past farming practices

  • Ecological production but not certified

Current and past farming practices - more info

Organic as possible

Additional aspects

We are hoping to incorporate ag tourism to the farm with Air BnB and small events. A wedding venue shares the road with us and they bring in a lot of potential customers.