Seeking Lease-To-Own/Creative Solution: 1-4 acres in Western Oregon


Land Seeker Description

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read over this,

You are truly offering me an opportunity to a dream I learned I wanted to chase a bit to late in my life. My name is Creighton Arial, and I am an Idaho local for almost my entire life. Living in rural farmtowns for the majority of that time that was my first real hand on exposure to cultivation of food, caring of animals, and after I volunteered at a local nursery I had fallen in love and knew that to tend the land and feed as many as I could while doing my do part to properly steward this land that gifts us abundance and life.

I have come up with a focused business plan for profitable low acreage land that I have designed, a flexible plan meant to adapt to the land I might come to reside on (as no final plan can be made till I inspect land) with the produce being sold either in a direct from farm market system, or farmers market system depending on county laws and regulations which I intend to comply with and work within to the letter. With whats that looking like for most of OR being a multi cropping perma cultured hugelkulture system with a main livestock focus of chickens and possibly turkeys and geese(I’ll likely keep other livestock but those are personal animals for projects and not market).

Having spent the past year homeless with a slow slimming herd (rehoming to good farmers in my travels when I could find them) of now only one lamb, a piglet, and a few cats. And in truth I desperately miss that lifestyle, but cannot go back to it without being able to strive towards my life purpose. I hope to use traditional, ie. historic and medieval farming methods to create a permanent and abundant farm in hopes of showing that the modern farming method is not the only way to feeding both the family nor community. But through knowledge of the earth, and hard toil with earth and wood with effort drawn from sweat and blood than from oil or gasoline, that is a means of sustenance I hope to show is truly worth striving for despite the initial fears or misunderstanding.

I’m very excited and eager to try and start this process and continue my dream of farming under a tried and tested system of using modern knowledge guided by past technique to best align ourselves to the global ecosystem through focused small farm agriculture methods.

What features of the property are essential?

Water rights or on site well, pasture preferred but rotational cropping in Hukelculture method with mixed livestock care between grainland is essential.

Describe your farming experience

Extensive gardening, and volunteer park and garden care experience. Homesteading both farming and livestock care experience. As well as wilderness farming and livestock care experience. I have put the last eight years into ample study into sustainable agriculture in the hopes of community farming. But land acquisition always held me back at every turn.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

The slow and careful creation of a restorative/permaculture based farming plan to be installed with heavy no-till, traditional method, and other low carbon emission methods as a hope of encouraging these mindful practices. This mainly will be put in the form of slowly growing Hugelkulture rows as the main greenery grower and structure system for fruit and nut trees, as well this will add to a sloped in grainland for your main grain of choice which will be set in 3 field systems, with 1 field going fallow yearly and being the poultry residence.

What are your long term goals

To create a long term sustainable farm that has a heavy place in the local farmers market showcasing "historical farming" methods as a means for climate friendly practices, a huge goal besides that is the extensive raising and training of oxen to be traded and sold for cheap to farmers as a means of bringing back the family cow and work oxen to replace the extensive co2 producing farming equipment currently expected in destructive monoculture growing practices.

Describe your housing needs

Land with nearby woodland with timber usage permission, and nearby water. I have a history of extensive wilderness survival, and a current focus on historic farming practices which includes building of historic living and farming structures.

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

I am protective, and inclusive to all sorts of people, understanding of peoples histories, and constantly promote open mindedness and acceptance of people for who they are and what they are. As in doing so I feel helps motivate people to more healthy grow and thrive in turn. This mentality radiates from me personally to my home, to the animals I care for, the land I nurture and tend, and the community I hope to feed and sustain with sweat and toil.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Coastal, Gorge, 5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area, Southern

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres

Seeking land access by:
November 1, 2023

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Cattle, Dairy, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Goats, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Hogs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables, Vineyard, Other

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
October 21, 2023

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