Seeking 5+ acres for homestead and small-scale farm operation


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Land Seeker Description

Hi,

My name is Meg.  I have a boyfriend named Cody, and we have a child named Allister.  We are 27 years old.  We are looking to transition to homesteading through permaculture principles, and growing food and raising animals to sell. We would love to have a small-scale farm operation, and also showcase not only the possibility of homesteading, but of being highly self-sufficient.

Ideally, we would gradually do this full-time, but realize small steps are necessary.  I have a few years experience working on small-scale farms, all having at least a CSA option, if not more.  I would like to be able to make a profit off working the land – initially through selling to markets, but then also a CSA.  Raising animals would come second, but I would also like to incorporate them.  Overall, we would have a diversified farm who’s profits sustained our livelihood.  I believe at least 5 acres would be ideal.  We would farm on a few, pasture some with animals, and hopefully have wooded acreage for cutting timber for firewood.

Education is also important to me – so I would like to incorporate workshops and skill shares for the community.  Additionally, community is really important to us, so this and other social events would be a great way to connect everyone together.  And potentially down the road, we would like to have a small farm to table cafe where we grew most of what was served.

We are looking to be on the land at the latest by the winter/spring of 2020.  If our plan sounds attractive to you and you have land suitable to our goals, please reach out to me and let’s talk!  We are excited to homestead and live a more meaningful life.


What features of the property are essential?

Water and irrigation are important. Some flat land for vegetable planting, some pasture (which could be cleared if wood is usable for a project) for animals.


Describe your farming experience

In 2012 my college internship was with a local co-op. I assisted the Farm Educator with a one-acre plot. I did most of the labor because she was pregnant at the time. I spent the rest of the farm season in southern Oregon on a small-scale homestead with a small CSA program. The following season I spent in Virginia working a larger, but still small CSA through an apprenticeship. That winter, Cody and I spent 3 months on Oahu working 2 different farms. The second was growing for a CSA, the market, their cafe, and workers. It was an extensive operation that taught us a lot.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

Growing vegetables and fruit for sale - at least breaking even year 1 with gradual growth. Slowly adding more crops and animals, workshops, and community events.


What are your long term goals

Successfully running a small-scale farm - selling to markets and through a CSA program, holding various workshops/skill shares and community events, have a passive-solar home built, and potentially a small farm to table cafe on property.


Describe your housing needs

We would be looking for land with or without housing. We would like to build our own home, but are open to housing on the property that we would make our own, or potentially make into the cafe, and build our own house.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Central, Gorge, Portland Area, Neighboring States

Acreage desired:
5 - 10 acres

Seeking land access by:
September 1, 2018

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Dairy, Goats, Herbs, Hogs, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Sheep, Vegetables

Interested in these business arrangements:
Sale of Land, Lease-to-own, Partnership

Interested in these growing practices:
, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, , Season Extension,

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
May 18, 2017



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