[Market-farming] opportunity maybe/ where to start
maggiepalmer at wyoming.com
Mon Nov 9 21:35:20 EST 2009
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Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 7:56 AM
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Subject: Re: [Market-farming] opportunity maybe/ where to start
Very good points, thanks. I have most, if not all, of Joel's books in my
storage in Oregon. I also have Eliot Coleman's and most of the other useful
books. Our ranch/farm business in Oregon is part of our LLC so we can add
his potential business to it and have liability coverage. Flowers, rather
than food might be safer.
I used to live in Sonoma County, CA when it was very small farm/farmer
oriented. It has changed a great deal but is still "country". It is very
"food" oriented, especially organic, sustainable ad local. The competition
will be tough I suspect.
He has dairies right up the road, an alpaca farm across the fence, horses
and goats, across the road so the zoning should be okay. I will confirm it.
Much of the best farm land in California has been covered by Mcmansions.
The housing crash has put a stop to that, at least for a while, I hope.
It is one of the easiest places to garden that I have ever lived. The
climate is wonderful. My biggest concern has been water. It will probably
need an irrigation well. The soil is adobe but I have dealt with it before.
A good green manure, soil builder seeding should be planted now before the
winter rains start. It is set-up pretty well with the houses close
together. It has 4? acres that are still usable.
DH and I are helping him buy the ex out so I have more than a passing
interest in the project. A business plan is probably one of the first
steps. I need to go walk it and take a hard, hard look at everything. It
doesn't have to completely support either family just help with the payments
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