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Company Name Jon Butts (view profile)
Location Plant City, Florida
Date Posted June 13, 2017
Category A Farm/Business Posting A Job
Job Type Farm Manager: Manages a farm for future generations or manages the people on a farm.
Type of farm? Diverse (Animals/Plants)
Location Specifics 4451 Needle Palm Rd 33565 / We own a 54 acre farm, land purchased in 1985, no debt; 30 acres wetland pasture the rest farm & pasture land with a couple acres of salable ornamental trees. We’re 20 miles from Tampa and 2 miles from I-4. It’s a flag lot with a 40’X 200’ drive. The land has been subdivided into 2 parcels; 1 acre and the remainder the other. Presently growing vegetables for farmers markets, small herd of water buffalo, not dairy, but we’re milking them and would like to upgrade to better dairy breed, couple of pastures ( plus garden areas) did raise pigs in electric fencing, small flock of chickens, mainly for our eggs. We grow a small amount of sugarcane and make syrup with an old mill and wood-fired kettle. We sell as organic, but are not USDA Certified. We have a small orchard area with a variety of fruit trees. Believe in the principles of permaculture as stated in Toby Hemenway’s Gaia’s Garden 2nd Edition and proven sustainable farm practices, such as Joel Salatin’s model. Believe in Climate Change and working toward a smaller carbon foot print. We’re the first to do a Grid-tie Solar System with our utility company and are active in sustainable living issues, groups, etc. For 15 years (off and on) we have tried to start an Intentional Community (www.ic.org) and have extra housing and have experience living peacefully with others. We have woodworking, farming, and a farm equipment repair shop where we still do a little repair work for others. Presently buildings are getting old, mainly because of the lack of help to do maintenance. We have relied on volunteer help or low paid community help because of low cash flow. Also resist hiring help that lack the motivation toward sustainable farming. We are 68 and 64 and would like to keep an active role in the farm but willing to change direction and control of the farm business. We have one son presently not interested in the farm, but 2 grandchildren (4 and 7) that may be. We’re open to different options. We’re not religious, but respect others’ views, etc. Willing to answer any questions you may have. Applicant (s) should be emotionally mature, self-motivated, wanting to farm from the heart, see farming as very important job, believe in sustainability, educated in farm science, look beyond the present to the future.
Start Date 2017/06/19
Description We're looking for that non passive farmer or farming family that wants to live in this part of the world and eventually take the leadership role of this farm, We would like to continue living here as long as we can and do have custody of our 2 grandchildren. We'd like for these children and our son to have option to live here if they're interested (Our son and partner are currently living on a different area of the farm). Also the families here should have that option as long as they want to participate. As mentioned we've tried to form an Intentional Community (IC) and think this is a good optio, but we're open to suggestions to go forward, such as an LLC, community land trust, long term lease, lease option to buy some or all of the land, continue with the IC plan, or ?. Because we've lived and farmed in the area for over 30 years I feel we could all have good lives and deal with the short and long term issues as they arise. We cannot do much about all the problems on this planet, but we can provide ourselves and families with healthy, stress free, meaningful lives. I feel with the right partner (s) we could greatly improve on what we've started and live and work on an A class sustainable earth friendly farm. Applicant (s) should be emotionally mature, self-motivated, wanting to farm from the heart, see farming as very important job, believe in sustainability, educated in farm science, look beyond the present to the future.

Description

Type of farm?

Diverse (Animals/Plants)

Location Specifics

4451 Needle Palm Rd 33565 / We own a 54 acre farm, land purchased in 1985, no debt; 30 acres wetland pasture the rest farm & pasture land with a couple acres of salable ornamental trees. We’re 20 miles from Tampa and 2 miles from I-4. It’s a flag lot with a 40’X 200’ drive. The land has been subdivided into 2 parcels; 1 acre and the remainder the other. Presently growing vegetables for farmers markets, small herd of water buffalo, not dairy, but we’re milking them and would like to upgrade to better dairy breed, couple of pastures ( plus garden areas) did raise pigs in electric fencing, small flock of chickens, mainly for our eggs. We grow a small amount of sugarcane and make syrup with an old mill and wood-fired kettle. We sell as organic, but are not USDA Certified. We have a small orchard area with a variety of fruit trees. Believe in the principles of permaculture as stated in Toby Hemenway’s Gaia’s Garden 2nd Edition and proven sustainable farm practices, such as Joel Salatin’s model. Believe in Climate Change and working toward a smaller carbon foot print. We’re the first to do a Grid-tie Solar System with our utility company and are active in sustainable living issues, groups, etc. For 15 years (off and on) we have tried to start an Intentional Community (www.ic.org) and have extra housing and have experience living peacefully with others. We have woodworking, farming, and a farm equipment repair shop where we still do a little repair work for others. Presently buildings are getting old, mainly because of the lack of help to do maintenance. We have relied on volunteer help or low paid community help because of low cash flow. Also resist hiring help that lack the motivation toward sustainable farming. We are 68 and 64 and would like to keep an active role in the farm but willing to change direction and control of the farm business. We have one son presently not interested in the farm, but 2 grandchildren (4 and 7) that may be. We’re open to different options. We’re not religious, but respect others’ views, etc. Willing to answer any questions you may have.
Applicant (s) should be emotionally mature, self-motivated, wanting to farm from the heart, see farming as very important job, believe in sustainability, educated in farm science, look beyond the present to the future.

Start Date

2017/06/19

Description

We're looking for that non passive farmer or farming family that wants to live in this part of the world and eventually take the leadership role of this farm, We would like to continue living here as long as we can and do have custody of our 2 grandchildren. We'd like for these children and our son to have option to live here if they're interested (Our son and partner are currently living on a different area of the farm). Also the families here should have that option as long as they want to participate. As mentioned we've tried to form an Intentional Community (IC) and think this is a good optio, but we're open to suggestions to go forward, such as an LLC, community land trust, long term lease, lease option to buy some or all of the land, continue with the IC plan, or ?. Because we've lived and farmed in the area for over 30 years I feel we could all have good lives and deal with the short and long term issues as they arise. We cannot do much about all the problems on this planet, but we can provide ourselves and families with healthy, stress free, meaningful lives. I feel with the right partner (s) we could greatly improve on what we've started and live and work on an A class sustainable earth friendly farm.
Applicant (s) should be emotionally mature, self-motivated, wanting to farm from the heart, see farming as very important job, believe in sustainability, educated in farm science, look beyond the present to the future.
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