Are you ready to commit to a rural, sustainable way of life? wanting to take root, bringing your energy, experience, skills, knowledge, financial resources, and vision to invest in creating a sustainable life, using permaculture, soil food web, Holistic management and Restoration Agriculture principles?
We are looking for one or two young people/couples/families who are looking for what we have already started manifesting these past 10 years on our 36 acre polyculture homestead and medicinal herb farm in rural SW Oregon.
“The care of the earth is our most ancient, most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope.”
Within 5 years, complete permaculture/restoration agriculture plan, and continue and maintain current operations of production. We'd love for a couple to take on holistic rotational grazing with some combination of no more than 8 sheep, 6 cows, 4 hogs, 4 goats, we currently have over 30 chickens and 8 ducks. Very small scale (limited water) dairy: either a few cows or goats would be a plus. Also, there's opportunity for a small market garden for the local Canyonville Farmer's Market. We are very much in love with this land that we tend: with nut and fruit orchards, berries, medicinal herbs (almost 100 species), annual and perennial vegetables, not to mention all the life that lives here, migrates through, and delights us with the myriad expressions of living well! We have 18 acres in woods, and the other 18 acres has great southern exposure with pasture, fruit and nut trees, berries, medicinals, and vegetables, along with our home and outbuildings. Our love and stewardship of place extends beyond this land to the whole living community of the unique valley in which we live!
Opportunity exists for a variety of cottage industries and land healing:
~for an individual, experienced in growing medicinal herbs to take ownership of, and develop further, our small business of growing medicinal herbs for an established herb company.
~ to manage small scale craft cider and mead production with existing and newly developing orchards which will increase as trees mature
~ to develop and implement a rotational grazing plan, hog production, and/or increase existing poultry production
~oversee the vegetable gardens for subsistence food production
~help the development of an on farm herbal medicine business
~assist in the development of a local hemp clothing operation
~learn all levels of woodworking and basic blacksmithing
~to be involved with established local watershed restoration work
~bringing other plans and ideas to add to our existing and developing
~ expand existing apiary/convert to top bar hybrid hives.
~ expand small culinary and medicinal fungi operation with readily available local materials
~be involved in local bio char business development
~ investigate and implement dryland farming methods to address the challenges of climate change.
~oversee existing veg and medicinal seed bank and develop seed distribution business.
~plant and manage 2+ acres of vineyard.
We are not certified organic, but use OMRI organic amendments, cover cropping, composting, and focus on revitalizing the soil. We use no toxic substances. Our current available irrigation water currently limits all of the above to a relatively small scale.
Potential to increase water availability exists
Finally, we are getting old and would love to continue living here as well as transition this land to those who want to carry on and further the vision of a fecund food forest and small farm to provide a good life for all our relations unto the 7th generation.
Our focus is sustenance farming, pastured poultry, medicinal herb production including variety garlic, fruit and nut trees and berries, and restoration agriculture. We grow for herb companies, farmers markets as well as farm direct sales.
Drip irrigation with water rights to the use of our 4 acre/ft pond
Clay loam soil, drip irrigation with water rights to the use of our 4 acre/ft pond
Barn/shop, chicken house and 3 mobile chicken coops, 14' x 48' hoop house
Kubota B7800 Tractor plus implements, BCS 732 Tiller- Mower, Two 3/4 ton pickups and 16' flat bed trailer. These are available for hire, or possible use.
No restrictions other than water is limited seasonally
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