For collaboration: 2 acres in Marion county permaculture homesteading


Description

These 2 acres are planted with 20+ fruit trees (cherry, plum, paw paw, persimmons, mulberry, chestnut, pecan, almond, elderberry, fig, etc), cane berries (raspberry, honeyberry, currants, seaberry, etc), and a wide variety of vegetables. There are 20 raised beds and 10 land rows. An extensive drip irrigation system covers all planting areas. These 2 acres are being worked intensively: hand weeding, compost making, gopher trapping, hand watering of compost tea, etc.

I’m looking for young farmers who are committed to organic homesteading and who wants to eventually live the homesteading life. There are many projects waiting to be done: becoming self-sufficient in fish and shrimp through aquaponics, growing and pressing our own cooking oil, experimenting with what grains can be grown with minimal or no machinery, expanding the orchard, preserving food, etc.

The deal is this: I provide free accommodation and 3 meals a day. You provide free labor. We collaborate to figure out how best to transfer the farm to you after I pass on, through a land trust that stipulates the land cannot be sold and can only be used for organic farming and homesteading.

This 2 acres homestead is part of a larger 16 acres farmland. The initial estimate is that this land in total can allow at least 10 – 20 people to be at least 80% self-sufficient. I am looking for 2 people first to test out this idea and if it proves feasible, will gradually increase the number of young farmers I take on for this project.

If interested, please provide more information together with your farmlink profile:

  1. Years of experience in permaculture / organic farming
  2. Where have you worked previously
  3. Two references
  4. A short essay about your life’s goal

Please note that the owner is a gay Asian male. Priority will be given to ethnic minorities and LGBT applicants. Shortlisted candidates may be required to take an emotional intelligence test to determine suitability for communal living.

 


Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

Become as food self-sufficient as possible.


Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

Enable others who are committed to organic land stewardship to do the same.


Current Use

Permaculture polyculture.


Available Water / Irrigation

Water rights from well for 16 acres.


Soil Type / Quality

Woodburn silt loan


Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

Barn, greenhouse


Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

1 mower, various hand tools. No heavy machinery.


Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

No limitation besides owner's preferences.


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County: Marion

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 16 acres

Acreage Available to Landseeker: 2 acres

Date Property is Available: September 1, 2018

Possible Business Arrangements: Other

Lease Rate / Price: Free

Date when this listing was created: July 17, 2018

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension, Conventional

Farming Practices Allowed: Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension, Conventional, Other

Agriculture Types Suitable: Beans, Bees, Berries, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Mushrooms, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Vegetables

Farm Details

Housing Available? Yes

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? Yes

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? Yes


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