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Have you found your apprentice?

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Fortin,

I hope this letter finds that you are still looking for someone to teach his life secrets too.

Just before reading this article I had just gotten off the phone With the USDA Agricultural department seeking information about getting the funds to start a farm, after I had the opportunity too learn from someone else. You talk to a lot of different people whe you call that department.

My name is Gary Martell. I am a single father of a 17 year old boy. I live in South Carolina, but very willing and able to relocate. I have been looking into an apprenticeship for quite some time. One that will not only teach me, but one that will give me a sense of accomplisment at the end of the day.

If you have found the person that you feel will take your farm forward, I wish you all the luck, hoping you are happy with your choice. At the same time I hope that you are still looking for that special someone. If you are still looking I would love to speak with you.

I would not come alone, both my son and I hope that you would be open to having a father and son come to the farm. With old ideas also comes new ones. My son is very inovative, Chase and I are always testing each others knowledge and new ideas. He has never worked on a farm but I have. I worked for awhile some years back on a weat farm in Yuma, Colorado. It was the hardest days work I ever did. I'll never forget crawling to my bed the first few days, while my friend(it was his farm) kept asking me to go out with him and some friends. I just looked at him and kept crawling. I did finally after about a week have enough energy to have some fun.

At this time my life is kind of at a stand still. I was going to go to school in Middlebury Vermont. They have a new "Skilled Butchers and Meatcutters" program. The program covers slaughter to the butcher shop. I made a decision to look for an apprenticeship instead. Most of the apprenticeships are for organic crop farming with little livestock mixed in. I and my son want the livestock to be our main concern, although we both know you have to pay attention to everything. Both my son and myself are very good with animals. My father has always been the type that would take in any animal that would come to our door. Many times he has been asked to go hunting, but he doesn't have it in him. he has instilled a lot of that in me and I have passed it on to my son. But, we do realize that livestock is also food. While you can care dearly for them and make their lives best as you can, ther comes a time when they must be lead to slaughter. I would want it to be as humane as possible. I do not believe in making any animal suffer.

Something else we would bring to the farm, is my sons ability to fix things. He can look at something fo rthe first time and know how to fix it. My strengths lie with the living, I have always been the nurturing kind.

I truly do hope for mine and my sons sake that you are still searching for that someone special. I think there is a great chance it could be us.
Please feel free to call at any time. I hope to hear from you in the near future.

Respectfully Submitted,

Gary Martell
331 Sugar Creek Crossing
Fort Mill, S.C. 29715