Shelby Johnson

Versatile, hard-working farmer with experience in regenerative ag, animal husbandry, mushroom cultivation, and practical on-farm management. Seeking an opportunity to support an existing farm.

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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
  • North Central
    • Alamance
    • Caswell
    • Chatham
    • Davidson
    • Davie
    • Durham
    • Forsyth
    • Granville
    • Guilford
    • Orange
    • Person
    • Randolph
    • Rockingham
    • Stokes
    • Surry
    • Vance
    • Yadkin

Total acres 25.0

Looking for the following:

Type of opportunity:

Sale (Owner Financed), Lease (5+ Years), Lease with Option to Buy, Incubator / Mentored Lease, Business Partnership, Employment with Transfer. More info: North Carolina native looking to engage with and nurture local agricultural communities, just as my ancestors did. With experience in permaculture, biodynamics, and regenerative agriculture systems, I am looking for an arrangement which will allow mutual flourishing for all parties. Ideally, I would love nothing more than the ability to learn and farm alongside a mentor for some time, while eventually looking for the opportunity for partial ownership or management. I want to support our aging farmers, and protect the investment they have made into our land. I'm currently managing an urban non-profit farm in Denver Colorado, and am overseeing the transition to sustainable production.

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:

Field crops, Flowers, Hemp, Herbs, Honey bees, Vegetable production. More info: I am an experienced mushroom farmer, and am happy to help incorporate this secondary stream of income onto any current farm operations. I have a great deal of experience with diversified vegetable operations, as well as animal husbandry.

Current farming practices:

Biodynamic, Certified organic, Transitioning to organic, Ecological production but not certified. More info: Strong Interest in regenerative practices, including biodynamics. However I am very familiar with the needs of balancing philosophy with practical farming.

Qualifications and goals:

Previous farming experience:

Employee, Manager

Number of years experience:

6

Other qualifications:

Incubator program, Farm business training. More info: I completed a farmer incubator and beginning farmer business course here in Colorado, and am currently managing an urban-non-profit farm. I am ready to bring my skills back home.

Production goals:

Field crops, Flowers, Hemp, Herbs, Honey bees, Vegetable production. More info: I worked for two years as a cultivator within the legal cannabis industry in Colorado. I am interested in the possibility of industrial hemp, and am more than happy to consult on cultivation or to help incorporate hemp into existing operations.

Personal experience and production goals summary:

I am a versatile young farmer with a good deal of varied experience on small urban/semi-rural farms. I've worked on organic certified market farms, small educational permaculture farms, urban farms, as well as working for the Denver Botanic Gardens CSA farm, in Littleton, CO. After completing a farmer incubator program and farm business program in Denver, I am currently managing an urban non-profit farm, and overseeing the transition to sustainable production. My goal and dream as a farmer is to support our aging farmers, and the investment they have put into our soils. I am looking for a cooperative agreement where I am able to learn alongside an established farmer for some time, and eventually seek the opportunity for full management or partial ownership. I believe in protecting the legacies we have established through our elders, and feel strongly that this is my role as a young farmer. I am an experienced mushroom farmer, and am able to bring this experience with me to any existing operation, which is a wonderful secondary stream of income, as well as diversification for the farm's ecosystem. I am native to Buncome County - and am happy to be able to return home.