John Laborde

We want to find a farmer who wants to mentor a young family to take over his/her farm in the hopes of maintaining its heritage and legacy.

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Location: East, Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount (Maryville), Bradley (Cleveland), Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen (Morristown), Hamilton (Chattanooga), Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox (Knoxville), Loudon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Sullivan (Kingsport/Bristol), Unicoi, Union, Washington (Johnson City), Middle, Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Davidson (Nashville), DeKalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson (Jackson), Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marshall, Maury (Columbia), Montgomery (Clarksville), Moore, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putnam (Cookeville), Robertson, Rutherford (Murfreesboro), Smith, Stewart, Sumner (Hendersonville), Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, Williamson (Franklin/Brentwood), Wilson, West, Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Shelby (Memphis & Area), Tipton, Weakley

Looking for the following:

Type of opportunity:

Lease with Option to Buy, Employment with Transfer. More info: Ideally, we would find a farmer who wants to mentor a young family to take over his/her farm in the hopes of maintaining its heritage and legacy. We envision farm operation and management to be completely transferred over a few years, but land ownership to be transitioned over a longer period of time (15-30 years) as we pay off the farm.

Equipment & infrastructure:

Barn, Farmer housing, Farm equipment.

Current production on farm:

Christmas trees, Field crops, Flowers, Hay or pasture, Herbs, Orchard, Vegetable production, Vineyard, Woodlot or forest products.

Current farming practices:

Biodynamic, Conventional, Certified organic, Transitioning to organic, Ecological production but not certified.

Qualifications and goals:

Previous farming experience:

Employee

Number of years experience:

6

Other qualifications:

Higher education in agriculture or related field. More info: From 2012-2017 I was a graduate student in agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My dissertation research dealt with conservation agriculture and its applications in the country of Nepal, where I lived for two and a half years. Since my graduation in 2017 I have joined a project with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Northern Ghana that seeks to enhance agricultural value-chains amongst smallholder farmers. While the expatriate life can be exciting and fulfilling, my wife and I have come to an increasingly strong realization that our true desire is to be farmers.

Production goals:

Christmas trees, Field crops, Flowers, Hay or pasture, Herbs, Orchard, Vegetable production, Vineyard, Woodlot or forest products. More info: Open to any type of crop. Especially interested in specialty crops and artisan operations

Personal experience and production goals summary:

From 2012-2017 I was a graduate student in agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My dissertation research dealt with conservation agriculture and its applications in the country of Nepal, where I lived for two and a half years. Since my graduation in 2017 I have joined a project with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Northern Ghana that seeks to enhance agricultural value-chains amongst smallholder farmers. While the expatriate life can be exciting and fulfilling, my wife and I have come to an increasingly strong realization that our true desire is to be farmers. We plan to return to the U.S. in the next couple months and hope to find a lease- or employment-to-own type of situation. Ideally, we would find a farmer who wants to mentor a young family to take over his/her farm in the hopes of maintaining the heritage and legacy of the farm. We envision farm operation and management to be completely transferred over a few years, but land ownership to be transitioned over a longer period of time (15-30 years) as we pay off the farm.