I just posted a shorter version of this listing on our website. The landowners have asked me to post a more detailed description as well. If you're interested, don't forget to mention the ID number when you contact me!
Sonoma County #1218: We are looking for a farmer or farming couple to join us in the Chileno Valley area of West Marin (6 miles southwest of Petaluma) for outstanding opportunity in small-scale fruit, vegetable, pastured poultry and, possibly, sheep production. We have 20 acres, 9 acres fenced, up to 3 acres for vegetables, 3 acres of orchard (non-bearing/young), and additional acres for grazing.
- water system
- equipment/tractor implements
The site is in the valley bottom with clay loam soils, warm in general, but a cold sink during the winter. Housing may be available (5.5 miles from farm) on a work-trade or rent basis. Vegetable ground will be certified organic in 2012, orchard in 2014. We are primarily interested in someone who would work as an employee part-time (15-20 hours/week) and/or rent land or be a partner on market vegetable production.
We seek a hardworking individual or couple with some combination of the following:
- motivation for success
- a long-term thinker
We believe the following are critical to economic sustainability of a farming enterprise:
- marketing skills
- basic bookkeeping
- a passion for record keeping
We're happy to mentor on farming and business topics, so we're primarily looking for someone with a high degree of motivation for a viable small farm business. Let's work together to make sustainable food production a viable livelihood!