Travis Dorsey

Young farmer seeking land for agricultural business and research.

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Location: West, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Macon, Madison, Transylvania, Yancey

Looking for the following:

Type of opportunity:

Sale (Standard), Sale (Owner Financed), Lease (5+ Years), Lease with Option to Buy, Incubator / Mentored Lease. More info: Seeking a new property to start a small sustainable farming operation, with primary focus being alternative crop production. Vertical farming systems, both indoor and outdoor, to produce food commodities and design agricultural technology for small-scale agricultural businesses. Insect farming, minor fruit and vegetable crops, alternative crops, sustainable practices, natural resource and environmental conservation, ecological restoration.

Equipment & infrastructure:

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

Current production on farm:

Aquaculture, Field crops, Flowers, Herbs, Orchard, Sheep/Goat (Dairy/Meat), Vegetable production, Vineyard.

Current farming practices:

Biodynamic, Conventional, Ecological production but not certified.

Qualifications and goals:

Previous farming experience:

Volunteer, Employee, Manager

Number of years experience:

15

Other qualifications:

Incubator program, Farm business training, Higher education in agriculture or related field. More info: Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management - University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Major: Entomology Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science - University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Major: Entomology 3rd generation farmer. Live and work on my family pecan/vegetable/row-crop/cattle farm and have been involved with farming for over 20 years. Member of Georgia Organics Served as a manager for an integrated mosquito management business in coastal Georgia. Worked as an entomologist for an insect farming startup raising crickets for human consumption. Experienced farmer and employee manager.

Production goals:

Aquaculture, Field crops, Flowers, Herbs, Orchard, Sheep/Goat (Dairy/Meat), Vegetable production, Vineyard. More info: Vertical agriculture; developing new crop varieties; testing experimental farming techniques; develop partnerships with sustainable agriculture organizations and agencies to create grants and opportunities for innovation in North Carolina agriculture.

Personal experience and production goals summary:

My background in agriculture and entomology has taken my professional journey in many different directions ranging from jobs in public health to conventional row crop agriculture. My expertise lies in integrated pest management, specifically plant-pest interactions and control strategies. I have skills and knowledge in pest identification and surveillance, pest managment, biological control, pesticide handling and application, pecan production, cricket farming, organic agriculture, and social media marketing. My goal in life is to establish an agriculture business on a small plot of land to grow minor or alternative crops close both indoors in greenhouses and outdoors. I hope to use sustainable practices to reduce my environmental impact and lower energy costs through techniques such as solar power, soil conservation and management, biological control, land health improvement and others. I hope to help promote the idea of future generations being able to find success in sustainable agriculture while providing a beneficial service for the world.