Seeking creative farm opportunities near Philomath, OR to expand or continue my cut flower farm business


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Land Seeker Description

Hi, I’m Pami. I’ve been running my own cut flower farm near Harrisburg, OR for three seasons. I have built up retail and wholesale relationship buying relationships within my community and currently sell my product via a farm stand, U-pick, farmer markets, custom orders, weddings and other events. I am limited by water at my current location (no water rights) and I am also limited by Linn County policies on what I can do concerning agritourism events on the farm. My farm is very exposed to the elements as we are surrounded by grass seed fields and don’t have many trees.

My farm practices are not organic, but I do try to mitigate pest and disease pressure with the least toxic method first. I do believe that farmers should have access to all of the tools available to them, especially when it’s a small farm with limited labor capacity. I implemented no-till practices this year on my farm and have seen an amazing amount of weed suppression and better overall plant health and performance. I plan to continue no-till/low-till practices if possible. I do feel like soil health is the most important thing to consider when farming.

I would like to keep farming and get back closer to the Philomath area, as my son goes to school there. Prior to running my own farm, I worked with the OSU Extension service for 10 years in Agriculture/horticulture in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties. I have many connections in the agriculture community in Oregon and will continue my work on grassroots policy change or agriculture advocacy.


What features of the property are essential?

Water rights or legal water source for irrigation, storage structure for tools/supplies, somewhere I could use as a floral studio (could be brought in) and in an ideal world - access to a greenhouse and/or hoop house for propagating my own starts and season extension.


Describe your farming experience

I have three seasons of farming under my belt as a farm owner/operator at a small scale. I have 10 years of agriculture/horticulture experience with community education for OSU Extension.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

Continue my cut-flower business and get it re-established at a new site. I'm also open to partnerships that involve livestock and other crops.


What are your long term goals

Ideally, I would have my cut flower business well established in 5 years with more wholesale buyers. I would have an established agritourism side of the business as well. I don't necessarily see a goal of my farm to keep expanding acreage but I am open to that if demand in the market is there, and labor is available.


Describe your housing needs

I would prefer to find a farm that I can live at and farm on-site. I am open to creative housing solutions.


What will you do as a farmer to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone on your farm and in your community?

I understand that land ownership and transfer has traditionally benefitted white families in Oregon and beyond. I support educations programs and programs like farm link in expanding the access of farm land to BIPOC folks. I believe that everyone should feel they have the tools, support and land access to farm if they want to because it is a really hard job and I welcome any passionate people regardless of race or orientation into agriculture - it's a special community!

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5

Acreage desired:
Less than 1 acre, 1 - 5 acres

Seeking land access by:
December 1, 2023

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Flowers, Herbs, Vegetables

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease-to-own, Lease with option to purchase, Lease for cash, Partnership

Interested in these growing practices:
Conventional

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
July 7, 2024



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