Melissa Shelby

Incubator/Business partner sought. 8+ ac for sustainable agriculture desired. Best with options to work existing farm, greenhouse, water ponics business.Lease or lease to own. Rental residence ideal.

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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

Total acres 8.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land 8.0

Looking for the following:

Type of opportunity:

Lease (1 to 5 Years), Lease with Option to Buy, Incubator / Mentored Lease, Business Partnership, Employment with Transfer. More info: I'm looking for crop land for lease with options. Farm equipment must be available. I'm skilled in aquaponics, organic farming, herbal and culinary, specialty, green house, fruits and other areas. I have marketing and business development experience. Opportunities to work an existing farm While I develop my crop production on 8 to 20 acres would be perfect. While I'm experienced in the crop I aim to farm, I would like to enhance my farming knowledge. Living on the farm is ideal. Leasing the farm with potentials down the road if production is adequate is ideal.

Current farming practices:

Biodynamic, Conventional, Transitioning to organic, Ecological production but not certified. More info: I engage ecological farming practices that are designed for environmental and economic conservation pertaining to the specific crop I farm for specialty markets. Examples are no till methods and soil amendment alternatives to standard fertilizer practices. I also engage in companion food gardening and botanical medicine production. I've leased land in the past and farmed small crop areas. I'm looking to transition into full farming practices.

Qualifications and goals:

Previous farming experience:

Volunteer, Employee, Manager

Number of years experience:

8

Other qualifications:

Farm business training, Higher education in agriculture or related field. More info: Research and development in agribusiness was coupled with product development through biotechnology during my pursuit of my Masters of Professional Science education. I began working with a particular crop and would now like to launch fully into the farming industry with this knowledge.

Production goals:

Aquaculture, Field crops, Flowers, Herbs, Orchard, Vegetable production. More info: My business plan diversifies product markets from food production via hydro/aero/aquaponics, soil crop sustainable methods, greenhouse production, and orchard to specialty markets including medicine bio mass production and herbals; however my main and initial focus is specialty row crop product development. I aim to launch my farm career with this crop and expand to the above as opportunity arises.

Personal experience and production goals summary:

With more than 8 year's of research with my specific crop coupled with market identification and production analysis, I'm eager to launch my long awaited career in farming. My immediate goals are to initiate this crop farming endeavor, and eventually expand to the full orchard, herbal, and food crops interests down the road as my experience builds. Organic and traditional heritage farming practices coupled with modern sustainable farming methods are included in my business plan. I'm looking to lease now with buying interests in development.