We are a young married couple who own a small pastured poultry operation in Hood River, Oregon and also work as employees on a 6 acre diversified vegetable farm in Parkdale. Our poultry operation is limited by acreage, and we’d like to find land where we can bring small livestock and vegetable farming together under a rotational grazing and planting system to bring veggies, meat, and eggs to local markets. We are creative, critical thinkers and passionate about growing food efficiently, effectively, and ethically in order to build a viable farming enterprise.
water rights, irrigation structures, barns/structures, pasture, electricity
We have both worked tangentially in agriculture for several cumulative years, and have been farming full time in 2018. We recently relocated to Oregon from Montana, where we were employed by a conservation organization and worked with farmers and ranchers on creative solutions to protect their livestock, fruit trees, and/or bee hives from grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, and other large predators. We (especially Adam) have extensive experience with electric fencing, guardian animals, and interpreting behavior of livestock and potential predators through reading tracks, sign, and direct observation. Rebekah also took practical courses in agriculture at UC Santa Cruz and co-taught a college-level sustainable agriculture course in Montana and we both oversaw intern management of our Montana organization's small vegetable farm and CSA. In 2018, we transitioned to farming full time and founded Lazy Chickadee Farm, a first year pastured poultry operation. We raise freedom ranger broiler chickens on pasture and plan to diversify with turkeys, pigs, ducks, and sheep in a rotational grazing system. We also work on a local 6 acre vegetable farm, growing 50+ varieties of annual vegetables from March thru November. We sell at local farmer's markets in the Gorge.
Our goal is to implement some creative ideas we have about utilizing land's full potential using cover crop, livestock, and annual vegetable planting rotations to bring the highest quality veggies, meat, and eggs to local markets.
Long-term, we would like to either own our own land or have a long-term lease agreement to grow the short term business goal to its full economic potential.
We would need simple housing with some kind of heat source and a kitchen. We can live comfortably in small spaces, as long as we are warm in the winter and can make good food. We have a corgi australian shepherd mix and a cat, both female and both spayed.
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