Zuma M  
 l    ID:

8605

Interested In:
For Sale
For Lease
Incubator Plot
Preferred Acreage: 8-1500
Preferred County: I'm Flexible
Description:
My name is Zuma and I'm a Carpenter (with plumbing and electrical experience), a mechanic and a farmer. I grew up managing 80 acres with my dad. We built water systems, put up thousands of feet of fence, planted wind block trees and many fruit trees. We had a tractor and we experimented with a few row crops. Since then I have worked on many other farms where I learned as much as I could growing everything I could and raising livestock. I worked with cows, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, turkeys, peacocks, rabbits, llamas, and alpacas. Most recently I worked on a small dairy farm where I milked 10 cows twice per day and learned the ins and outs of grass fed milk production. I also learned to make yogurt in the creamery on the farm and I helped manage the beef herd of about 20 head of mostly Wagyu cattle.

My partner Rachel, (who works from home as a software engineer for Intel) and I leased 100 acres last year where we learned a lot raising our own goats, llamas, alpacas, chickens, turkeys, ducks and rabbits but our farm didn't become profitable in time to sustain itself. Since our failure, Rachel and I have been researching Korean Natural Farming and Elaine Ingham's scientific approach to building healthy soil and we are excited and eager to try again. This time with a more comprehensive farm plan.

If left to our own devices this time, we'd start slowly and build on the foundation of micro stock for the birds and intensive rotational grazing of a few lactating ruminants to supply dairy and whey for the farm. We'd make lactobacillus EM (Effective Microorganisms), or "LABs" concoctions, to inoculate our soil and we'd use wood chips as our initial growing medium. Our seed library is all heirloom seeds and we plan to save our seeds each season to produce seed stock which is specifically adapted to our farms micro-climate. Our goal is to minimize inputs to our farm and become as self sustainable as possible before scaling up to feed our local community. We have developed an appreciation for the scientific approach to farming and we're confident that our approach will lead to higher yields with fewer inputs and thus greater profits. Afterall, the methods we've studied and continue to study have worked for farmers all around the globe.
Farm Business Type:
  • Row Crop
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Dairy
Intended Farming Practices:
  • Sustainable and Organic Practices
  • Certified Organic
  • Other
Need Housing:
No
Currently Farming:
No