At the core of our operation is a farming business, centered on 40 acres of apple and cherry trees. The young orchard provides us a 20+ year path of jobs and revenue to build out from. The orchard operation also provides the key infrastrucutre for our wells, irrigation system, barn, tractors, and other equipment. We then bring these assets into a shared community approach to support additional Veteran farmers. The Outpost can support dozens and dozens of Veteran owned and operated farms sitting side by side.
This shared approach creates a significant cost advantage to starting and operating individual farms, while providing peer support and labor sharing for all Veteran farmers. Imagine starting your own 1 acre farm by yourself and funding all the start up equipment and infrastructure, vs working next to dozens of other farmers supporting your success.
In order to truly build our community and ecosystem, we believe it is important to provide many different opportunities, which means maintaining many different crops. We spent significant effort from 2016 to 2018 in testing different crops and approaches and have solidified our ability to be successful with a great deal of diversity. This diversity creates a real farming environment for new Veteran farmers to mirror with their own farm, while creating a wide variety of real world training.
The crop diversity has also opened many doors for creating "packaged products" like salsa, apple cider, and canned goods. We see a massive growth opportunity in this area as new Veteran farmers join our family.
If you are a Veteran looking for a job in agriculture we would love to have you on the team. If you are a Veteran looking to start a farm we would love to have you with us in a great peer support environment. If you are a Veteran looking to create a great cider, let's partner up with our apples. We have great opportunities for every Veteran.
We currently have 20 acres of Fuji apples, sprinkled in with some Gala's as our pollinators. Our Fuji's are top flight in taste and the size of a softball. Our apples were planted in 2016 and growing strong.
We currently have 10 acres of Burgundy Pearl Cherries and 10 acres of Ebony Cherries. Both varietals are extremely large sweet cherries that are rare in WA. Our cherries were planted in 2016 and growing strong.
We planted multiple varieties of hops in 2018 to field test our location. The results were great and we will be expanding with Chinook, Comet, Cascade, and Centennial hops in 2019.
We have had Alfalfa on the property for over 20 years. We have been letting the land come back after the fires to ensure a nutrient rich soil. We will be re-engaging 10-20 acres of Alfalfa farming in 2019 and expand from there.
In 2018, we rolled out our first hydroponic green house to grow vegetables with 3 different methods. We will continue adding more green houses with more vegetables and herbs, including starter plants for our outdoor crops.
As of the Fall of 2018, we are launching our first mushroom farm growing in shipping containers. We will have culinary and medicinal mushrooms that will be grown year around.
We have small plots of various vegetables and herbs that have been producing great results. We keep testing new crops and expanding the footprint of our successes. We are currently producing tomatoes, peppers, squash, pumpkins, and mint in growing volume.
Our Veteran farmers have been teaming up to make all sorts of great products and will continue to expand these products as the rest of our farming expands. Some of our favorites are: salsa, hot sauce, mushroom powder, herbal teal, apple cider and other goodies from our crops.