Mike Chatten

Beginning farmer looking for land opportunities

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Location: West, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Madison, McDowell, Polk, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey

Total acres 5.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land 2.0

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, Business Partnership. More info: I'm looking for land to start an organic farm on. Ideally, 5+ acres total, with at least 2 acres already in production, cleared/tillable. Housing on property would be a huge plus.

Equipment & infrastructure:

More info: There is not a requirement for any existing equipment or infrastructure.

Current production on farm:

Fallow, Field crops, Flowers, Herbs, Vegetable production, Woodlot or forest products. More info: I would prefer land without existing livestock ventures or future plans for livestock. It is not an area of farming that I am interested in at this time.

Current farming practices:

Biodynamic, Certified organic, Transitioning to organic, Ecological production but not certified, None, the property is not being farmed. More info: I would like to seek organic certifications in the near future so I would prefer land that has either been farmed organically or not farmed at all.

Qualifications and goals:

Previous farming experience:

Volunteer

Number of years experience:

1

Other qualifications:

More info: 15+ years of IT experience, coming from a background in supporting large scale installations. Currently working on an established farm to gain more experience.

Production goals:

Field crops, Flowers, Herbs, Vegetable production, Woodlot or forest products. More info: My goal is to have a stockfree farm: No animal manures/fertilizers used. Emphasis to be placed on green fertilizers & compost as well as promoting overall soil health. Production would be a mix of covered (hoop house/greenhouse) and outdoor beds. Ultimately would like to incorporate forest farming and mushroom production.

Personal experience and production goals summary:

I am currently working for a farm in Buncombe County to gain more practical experience.  I would love to have property aquired as soon as possible to ensure I can start production for Spring/Summer of 2019.

I am working on finishing up my farm mission statement as well as 1-5 year targets that I would be able to share with prospective sellers and/or partners.

While I am light on experience I know my passion and ultimate purpose is to pursue farming.