Dana Clarke

To Enhance land resources and development through regenerative grass management, soil health, and animal performance, while continuing my education in land and animal stewardship.

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Location: West, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey

Total acres 100.0

Acres of pasture 75.0

Looking for the following:

Type of opportunity:

Lease (1 to 5 Years), Lease (5+ Years), Employment.

Equipment & infrastructure:

Fencing, Well / Pond / Other water source, Livestock facilities.

Current production on farm:

Cattle (Dairy/Beef), Hay or pasture.

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:

Volunteer, Employee, Manager

Number of years experience:

10

Other qualifications:

More info: Much of my education has come from the knowledge gained in experiences, self-study, valuable courses, and one on one mentoring by true stewards of the land. Holistic Management Courses: Background and Introduction, Pasture and Grazing Management, September 2008, Ian Mitchell-Innes Holistic Management Grazing Workshop, October 2009, Ian Mitchell-Innes Pasture Management-Above and Below Ground, June 2010, Greg Judy, Dr. Richard Teague, and Dr. Pat Richardson Drought Mitigation Workshop, June 2010, Walt Davis Planned Grazing Course, July 2010, Kirk Gadzia Stockmanship/Marketing: Hand n’ Hand Livestock Solutions Course, September 2014, Richard McConnell and Tina Williams

Production goals:

Cattle (Dairy/Beef). More info: To increase the profitability and sustainability of farming operations by understanding and working with the land as a whole and using the right tools to manage its relationships.

Personal experience and production goals summary:

Work experience:

I have had the opportunity to develop my skills as a grazier through many work ventures.  These endeavors provided hands on experience with the Holistic High Density Grazing (mob-grazing) of dairy and beef cattle.  I have worked with pastured laying hens, pastured broilers, sheep, and hogs.  I have helped to produce grass-fed beef, pastured eggs, pastured poultry, raw milk, yogurt, cheese, and cream.  Through these experiences my great joy was in knowing that good management practices restore the land and increase its health and vigor, thereby producing high quality products and making the farms a more profitable enterprise.   

Goal: 

To restore and increase the value/profitability of land through regenerative, soil building farming practices -- understanding and working with the land as a whole by using the right tools to manage its relationships.