I am looking for a parcel, at least 1 acre, but more than 3 would be too much for now. I would like to start small and develop an area into an extremely efficient, sustainable, and eco-friendly high intensity farm. My vision is to sculpt the land from whatever state it is in, to one designed from scratch to be as efficient as possible in the use of space, resources, and labor.
I don’t like to waste water, just one of those things I was taught, so drip irrigation is a cornerstone of my plan. I also don’t have a lot of money to throw into anything and have a full time job, but roughly 72 hours of free time a week. This may seem random to bring up, but it leads to the second cornerstone: Start small, and manageable. At first, I don’t intend to sell anything. Profits? Don’t even think about it for at least a year or
5 10. We are half way through the growing season already and I’m just now thinking about land and infrastructure.
I am not looking to buy prime real-estate with a farm-house or anything. I am looking to lease, long-term, a small area of your land. If you live on the land, that’s totally fine be me, but I’d really like to have pretty much free-reign to do what is needed, as it comes up on the area allotted. I am a very respectful person. I will do my best to never cause any problems, excessive noise, etc. That being said, farming can be noisy sometimes, running equipment, please understand this, but I will always abide by local ordinances and any special wishes that may be necessary.
I am also open to the idea of a partnership, or other creative solution. I am not interested in livestock at the moment, maybe chickens, but cows, pigs, goats, etc, that is out of my league. But say you are interested in livestock, have some land, and only need part of it, maybe we can share resources or however that could be worked out to operate something generating multiple revenue streams(Long-Term ideal situation). Again, I am still willing to pay a fair price for the allotted land prior to generating any revenue.
I also must admit, I don’t have a lot of experience, if that was not painfully obvious from what I said above. That being said, I’ll probably make a few mistakes, you will see some crops fail, some stuff will be really sad. But that’s how I operate, I learn hands-on, I observe everything, analyzing and planning changes for the future.
If you have any questions, I am an open book, don’t just call and not leave a message though, if I don’t answer, leave a voicemail, or text me, I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Water rights, ability to place solar infrastructure, barn, or the ability to construct one in the future.
I am a hands-on learner, looking for a small area to develop skills, ultimately leading to a profitable, sustainably business. I have gardening experience, managing a few vegetable beds, as well as construction and ongoing experience from employment at a farm. (Note, the farm I work for grows marijuana, I will not be seeking to grow marijuana on any leased property. That is just where I work.)
Within the first 3 years I hope to have all infrastructure in place and all areas of the land utilized to some degree. This is about the point I expect to begin distributing product to the public or businesses for profit. Prior to three years, what comes from the land will be available to the landowner if desired, a portion of the crop, but I'll take home most of it.
After three years, estimated timeline, I hope to begin marketing salable crops to businesses and at the local farmer's market. I hope to find a business partner or hire, if the opportunity is available, someone with more sales experience than myself just to give things a better chance for success.
Ideally, within 5 years time, the farm will be operating semi-sustainably. Systems will be in place, standard operating procedures will have been written and should be executed on a daily basis with a farmer's schedule (I plan to be on the farm 90 hours plus/wk. at this point.) It is at this stage I hope to bring on additional paid labor. Hopefully growing and making each plot, row by row, as efficient as possible, producing the best yields of the highest quality crops.
I rent, long-term, a place that meets my needs at present. If the location is far from the Eugene/Springfield area, and when the development becomes a full-time operation; It would be excellent to have the opportunity to place an RV on the property. I have a deep interest in solar energy, and would like to place solar infrastructure if possible whether or not living on the property, just enough to run the necessary equipment, and built with safety and code in mind.
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