SEEKING: Land use agreement in the form of lease, trade or labor for non certified organic farming 5-50 acres


Land Seeker Description

Hi my name is Ben, I’m 42 and looking to begin farming for myself. I have a life time of experience doing manual labor and odd jobs based around the Willamette valley farming industry. I’ve spent the last 3 years working with two new farms; one reclaiming land for homesteading, the other a horse stable that had been long neglected. I have a degree in diesel mechanics and an understudy in agroforestry and land management. I am a single dad of an amazing preteen who still loves being outdoors and raising animals. We as a father/daughter team are looking to build a sustainable non certified organic farm. I recently received 3 sheep in payment for and odd job and looking to start with some pasture land and develop agriculture products in the spring.

What features of the property are essential?

water rights for ag and livestock is a must, on site well is a plus, electricity is a plus sloping land with good drainage away from annual flood planes. woodlands is a plus.

Describe your farming experience

my family has been farming small lands in the willamette valley all of my life, I have experience with composting, soil development, land reclamation, equipment repair, planting, weeding, fencing. etc.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

become a self-sustaining business providing healthy food to our local communities

What are your long term goals

In the long run I'd like to help other individuals start their farms and develop a community of farms that are all working towards the same big picture.

Describe your housing needs

We reside in our camping trailer so other than a place to park no housing is needed.

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

I work within the Salem/Keizer school district where open communication and inclusivity is welcomed; this is just part of who I am, happy to include others and there ideas. Being a good listener and having a can do attitude helps a lot too.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley

Acreage desired:
5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres, 21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
December 1, 2023

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Flowers, Herbs, Hogs, Mushrooms, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
October 31, 2023

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