I am a beginning farmer who has moved back home to farm my families land using restoration agriculture techniques. I am seeking a like minded individual/s to partner with. I have the land and I have many ideas, but I lack the confidence and motivation to begin farming for profit solo. The land is zoned for farming and has been essentially fallow, except for mowing and a little upkeep for at least 30 years, so there is a decent amount of prep that needs to be done. I have already begun some transitional steps, I have goats for brush clearing, I have some young kunekune gilts and a boar for breeding and land prep, a parcel of land that has been keylined and partially planted in chestnuts, walnuts and crab apple, and another parcel with some vegtable beds that are prepped.
To create a solid base (key line designed with agroforestry techniques) in which the design of the farm will come together cohesively. To establish orchards where the alley cropping will be annual veg (preferably dry farmed) or forage for animals. Also to establish wildlife corridors for beneficials and our honey bees.
To create a perennials based, diverse farm that restores the land and is self sufficent as possible with little to no inputs. I dream of a farm that produces it's own feed for the hogs that I wish to orchard finish, where no irrigation is needed on my nut and fruit orchards because I manipulated the layout and land for maximum water infiltration and chose varities that thrive in the Willamette valley, and where there is little pest and disease outbreaks because there is enough diversity to mitigate it. I also envision the farm becoming an educational farm which hosts workshops and informational talks for the community and farmers wanting to get away from conventional farming practices.
The land houses myself, father and brother. It is also home to a herd of 3 kiko goats, 3 kunekune pigs, a dog, a cat, and 12 bee hives. There are plans for 2 mixed species orchards to go in, one that has been partially planted already. There are also some vegtable beds, and grape/raspberry rows.
There is a well on the property, although it is too shallow and should be eventually deepened. We currently have an agreement with the neighbors in which we tap into there well, but that is not a permanent solution. We have water rights to the creek, but because of the location it does not make sense to take from it. A big part of my farming ideas are manipulating the land to increase availability to naturally accessible water (key line design, subsoil plowing) and having crops not dependent on large inputs of water.
A mix of Cornelius Kinton silty loam and Woodburn silty loam
Goat trailer, chicken coop, wood shop, and there is a pump house that is planned to be remodeled into a processing facility this summer.
Tractor (sub soiler, mower, spring tooth harrow, spike tooth harrow, disc harrow, moldboard plough, front end loader, 3point grader blade, and a flat bed trailer. A variety of hand and power tools.
There are 6 of the 18 acres that are in a 15 year contract with the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District restoring the riparian area.
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