We are two lady farmers looking to manifest our longtime dream of having a homestead and small-scale farming business. We have both spent many years gardening and farming using various methods and in various locations. Kali specializes in vegetable growing and has been traveling around the world studying permaculture and other methods of sustainability. Amanda has been working extensively with herbs and makes wonderful tinctures and medicines while raising her two small children. Our goals are to continuously rejuvenate the soil while growing a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. We would ideally like to find land that has a mature orchard on location, as well as berries. We would like to raise chickens for eggs as well as for compost building. Additionally, we would like to have goats and bees. Our methods are drawn from a mix of permaculture, biodynamic, and no-till farming. We are non-certified organic and do not use GMO seeds. We would be growing for market, as well as for Co-op stores, restaurants, and potentially a CSA after the first season.
Infrastructure including, but not limited to a functional barn, greenhouse, and shed is highly preferable. A water source and rights is essential, whether it be a spring/pond, river access, or on-site private well. Additionally, a mix of woodland and pasture land would be necessary.
Kali's fascination for regenerative agriculture began when she was going to school for Environmental Sciences at the University of Arizona. Her focus was in Sustainability and during this time she had the opportunity to be introduced to Permaculture. Since then, she has been traveling around the world pursuing various methods of regenerative agriculture. In Ecuador, she received a Certificate in Permaculture Design from the Third Millennium Alliance in 2015. She then went on to co-manage a biodynamic/permaculture garden in Peru for a season before returning to the states. The following season was spent on a small-scale production farm in the beautiful San Juan Islands. This last season of 2017 was spent as the ecovillage garden manager at The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee. Aside from her years of experience with growing vegetables, Amanda is also a practitioner of folk herbalism. She has completed a course from the School of Evolutionary Herbalism in Ashland, and has attended numerous herbal conferences such as the Portland Plant Medicine Gathering. She is a wonder at making tinctures, salves, lotions and other herbal body products. Most recently, she has been focusing on work with Oregon native species. Raising her two children has allowed her the opportunity to share with the future generation the importance of food sovereignty and understanding harmony with the Earth.
We would like to create a self-sustaining homestead that grows enough food to be shared. We would like to offset costs by selling food and products at markets, co-ops, and restaurants. We would like to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, raise chickens for eggs, goats for milk, and bees for honey. We would like to either have a pre-existing orchard and nut trees or else start them. Upon finding the right piece of land we would like to lease-to-own or eventually purchase.
Same as short-term.
As we are trying to create as much of a 'homestead' type atmosphere as possible, we do wish to live onsite. A 2-3 bedroom house with at least one bathroom would be preferable. Running water is necessary, preferably heated. A usable kitchen and form of heat, whether it be wood stove, gas, etc.
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