Blake Brown

Permaculture Enthusiast looking to make a nice spot for native plants, perennials, herbs and a few critters. Very flexible production goals, living-systems-oriented. Silvo-Culture certified

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Location:

  • South Central
    • Alexander
    • Anson
    • Cabarrus
    • Catawba
    • Cleveland
    • Cumberland
    • Gaston
    • Harnett
    • Hoke
    • Iredell
    • Lee
    • Lincoln
    • Mecklenburg
    • Montgomery
    • Moore
    • Richmond
    • Rowan
    • Scotland
    • Stanly
    • Union
  • Southeast
    • Bladen
    • Brunswick
    • Carteret
    • Columbus
    • Craven
    • Duplin
    • Greene
    • Johnston
    • Jones
    • Lenoir
    • New Hanover
    • Onslow
    • Pamlico
    • Pender
    • Robeson
    • Sampson
    • Wayne
    • Wilson

Total acres 30.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land 10.0

Acres of pasture 5.0

Acres of unfenced pasture 5.0

Looking for the following:

Type of opportunity:

Lease (1 to 5 Years), Lease with Option to Buy, Internship / Mentorship, Incubator / Mentored Lease, Business Partnership, Employment, Employment with Transfer.

Equipment & infrastructure:

Barn, Fencing, Well / Pond / Other water source, Farm equipment.

Current production on farm:

Fallow, Field crops, Hay or pasture, Vegetable production, Woodlot or forest products.

Current farming practices:

Biodynamic, 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:

5

Other qualifications:

Farm business training. More info: See [Personal Experience/Production Goals Summary]

Production goals:

Aquaculture, Fallow, Flowers, Herbs, Poultry (Broiler/Layer), Sheep/Goat (Dairy/Meat), Vegetable production, Woodlot or forest products. More info: -Native herbs and wild plants. -Cricket production -Mushroom production -Rabbits (for meat and fertilizer) -Bees

Personal experience and production goals summary:

Relevant Work Experience:

Farm-Manager/Camp-Counselor, Changing Tomorrow Farms; Holly Springs, NC —2018
This is a small, young farm in Holly Springs North Carolina. I helped design, build and maintain a variety of projects on the farm. I constructed fencing, earthen-dams, raised garden beds and housing for a variety of exotic and domestic animals. In general, I was responsible for maintaining the health of the gardens, animals, and nature trails that surround the property. As a camp counselor, I facilitated lessons, games, and farm-related education/entertainment around the camp from 8am to 5 pm, 5 days a week for 40+ children ages 5-13.

HelpX Volunteer, Between Two Locusts Farm, Marshall NC — Fall, 2017

This was a week long Live-Work exchange that I did while traveling in Western NC. The farm is a medium sized sustainably raised cattle farm that specializes in Highland Cattle. Formerly a christmas tree farm, Johnny and his family have put a lot of work into rehabilitating the land and turning it into an excellent permaculture project. The whole property is off-grid, using solar, wind energy and spring water to provide for a very comfortable existence. As a volunteer I did routine farm chores of chicken feeding, moving cows, weeding raised beds etc. I also took on a few independent projects during my stay. building erosion control, making stone paths, and fence building/repair.

 

Subcontractor, Recovery Logistics Incorporated; Sanford, NC — Fall, 2016
Seasonal emergency deployment to provide critical support for people affected by hurricanes Matthew and Hermine. I was trained to operate a small boom crane, telescopic handler forklift, and a standard counterbalance  forklift for use within a warehouse environment. I used these vehicles mostly to catalogue, and deploy essential equipment (generators, light-towers,etc.) to relief sites throughout the South East region.

Subcontractor, Medlin Construction Co; Apex, NC — 2015-2016
I was a general “handyman” for several of the Leith Automotive Dealerships in NC. Tasks included office construction, carpentry, painting, and filing documents. I also worked on the small farm owned by Mr.Medlin, he had a small flock of chickens, several horses, and an organic vegetable patch. The farm was relatively small (3 acres) but I was trained to operate a tractor, backhoe and skid steer.