Lulu   
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7611

Interested In:
For Sale
For Lease
Preferred Acreage: 2-10
Preferred County: King County
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Description:
OVERVIEW
I'm currently in search of 2-6 acres of land to lease year round with at least 1-2 acres of high/dry space for wintering livestock. I need some level pasture space, but gentle slopes are okay too. I'm also okay with a good bit of woodlot space (if not too overgrown) and can work within the trees with hogs and goats. I'm looking to stay between Fall City and Snohomish with a preference for Duvall, Carnation and Monroe. open to a little further south towards Maple Valley are, and a little east towards Sultan.

All of my infrastructure is non permanent, including electric net fencing and mobile shelters. Though, it would be ideal if there were pre-existing structures on-site (like a barn or storage shed). I also need access to water and electricity. It would be ideal to live in my tiny house on site, at least seasonally, but not a dealbreaker. I implement sustainable farming practices including rotational grazing, prioritizing forage growth, and proper manure application.

BACKGROUND
I'm a woman owned and operated farm business coming into my third season of production. I focus on regenerative, small-scale, pasture-based production of pork, lamb, chicken and rabbit. I currently market my products directly to my customers via CSA style meat shares. In addition to food production, I offer educational opportunities to those interested in learning more about backyard and homestead meat production. As well as hands on opportunities for children to interact with and learn about farm animals and agriculture. I'm currently operating on about 10 leased acres split between two properties.

When not working on my farm, I work for a small family owned WSDA custom cut & wrap butcher shop, offering local meats to our community. Here, I'm learning the art and trade of whole animal butchery. As an apprentice butcher, I'm passionate about participating in and supporting our local agricultural community by connecting farmers and local consumers over food raised well.

GOALS
2021
(May be split between two properties)
-Finish 85 broiler chickens on pasture monthly (March-December)
-Raise 10-20 single-batch butcher hogs for custom share customers (March-August)
-Offer monthly chicken & rabbit butchery workshops (March-June/Sept-Dec)
-Sell 10 holiday roaster pig shares (Nov/Dec)
-Test current lamb enterprise (sell lamb shares, assess value)
-Rekindle farmers market presence (Covid permitting)
-Flesh out business plans, apply for grants and funding for building WSDA Cut & Wrap shop
-Secure a long-term land situation for farm and WSDA cut & wrap shop (lease or buy)

Long Term
I envision reaching my goal of purchasing a piece of land, the security of which will allow me to maintain long term breeding programs for my livestock with a focus on animals that are hardy, thrifty and thriving on a pasture-based system. I'll be able to increase the quantity of livestock produced on my farm and offer an array of value added products alongside my meat CSA share program. I would like to work with and support young local chefs to offer on-farm, farm-to-table dinners. I'll invest in permanent infrastructure which will greatly improve efficiency of my farm systems and reduce the burden of physically taxing laborious farm tasks.

With the needed infrastructure in place, education will become a main component of my business. I will expand on my current rabbit, poultry and hog processing workshops to offer farm-based education on butchery, husbandry and value added food products.

In addition to my WSDA cut & wrap facility, I intend to create an on and off-farm retail aspect of my meat business. I'll be able to offer my customers USDA retail cuts from locally raised livestock via an on-farm retail location and at farmers markets via a mobile retail butcher shop truck. My goal is to take on well-paid butcher apprentices who are passionate about local food systems, and build a crew of employees to be the heart and soul of my business.
Farm Business Type:
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
Intended Farming Practices:
  • Sustainable and Organic Practices
Need Housing:
No
Currently Farming:
Yes