Santa Cruz #2299
1-2 person farm housing + 2 acres of fruit trees and annual & perennial crops on no-till, flat, fertile, & sunny farm land in Santa Cruz County to manage & grow in. Farm animal fertility, food, and rotational grazing systems already in place. All the tools a market type gardener would need are available (seeders, BCS & Kubota with implements, carts, rakes, shovels, etc.) — according to Jean-Martin Fortier’s recommendations.
This is a rare opportunity for an enterprising individual or couple with imagination and energy and most importantly similar interests & goals and a positive personality fit.
We’re not interested in cannabis and believe eating meat raised ethically is a key piece of the climate solution & our human health so vegetarians would not be comfortable here due to our work educating on self-sufficiency around growing your own food, meat included. So as you might imagine, homestead and self-sufficiency skills are highly valued here. An abudance of food from the land and animals we raise are available to be shared. This is a 100% non-paying gig but there are opportunities for self generated income to discuss AND it’s a situation where one doesn’t need much to sustain a comfortable life if not already in debt.
Our objective is to find a farmer willing to develop 3-4 of the following areas and grow & maintain existing food systems for 10 people (those living here, you included). The abundance could be used to start/make/continue a business and generate an income.
Areas to develop and for which we have more descriptions to provide to interested & qualified individuals…
Food Forest Manager
Market Garden Manager
Wild Farm Manager
Homestead/Farm to Table Manager
Farm & Garden Education Manager
We are already working in all of these areas so mentoring is possible. Ideally, this is between a 2-5 year working relationship to be evaluated at various checkpoints for mutual satisfaction.
If interested in learning more, please express your interest with some background information about yourself and what are some of your objectives on the land.
Current farming practices on property: Organic;Biodynamic;Organic, Biodynamic;No till
Acres Available for Lease or Purchase: 2
County: Santa Cruz
With Housing: Yes
Land is fenced: Yes
Landowner's preferred business arrangement: Partnership;Other
Landowner is willing to advise or mentor the tenant farmer: Yes
On-site Housing is Available: Yes