Seeking Lease-to-Own or Possible Partnership: At Least 5 Acres in North Willamette Valley, Coastal, or Gorge Area


Land Seeker Description

I hold an MBA and JD. I am seeking a parcel of land suitable for the application of regenerative agriculture techniques including agroforestry, silvopasture, permaculture, and biodynamic gardening. I intend to document and promote the process with professionally produced media.

If you’ve never heard about the amazing potential of regenerative agriculture and land use practices to naturally sequester a critical mass of CO2 in the soil and forests, you’re not alone. One of the best-kept secrets in the world today is that the solution to global warming and the climate crisis (as well as poverty and deteriorating public health) lies right under our feet, and at the end of our knives and forks. —Ronnie Cummins, Regeneration International Steering Committee Member

In the longer term, I intend to develop agritourism, offering a variety of “U-pick” berries, refreshments, and entertainment. My ancestors created such a model in pre-Revolutionary times. Just before the Revolutionary War in New York City, Francis Marschalk and his wife Anneke Lynsen developed an enduring model of the genteel public pleasure garden. No rowdies here. The garden was designed to attract “lovers of genteel pastimes and delicious refreshments.” Most visitors arrived in the daytime & actually came to look at the garden and enjoy the food. — Barbara Wells Sarudy, 2018

What features of the property are essential?

Require appropriate zoning, water rights and well(s), septic tank or equivalent, and electricity. The easier this is to achieve, the better.

Describe your farming experience

Other than backyard gardening and a pet rabbit, I have no farming experience. I intend to complete classes offered by OSU and others. I will be seeking both experienced and apprentice staff.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

Take the first steps toward establishing a profitable “fiber farm” by acquiring Pygora goats and Angora rabbits, producers of Mohair/Cashmere wool and Angora wool, respectively, and beginning a breeding program.
Begin planting a variety of berries to provide an alternative income stream.
Develop products such as yarn and goat’s milk soap as well as jams and chutneys.
Sell surplus livestock.
Sale of products at farmer’s markets and fairs.

What are your long term goals

Develop relationships with retail outlets for our boutique products.
Initiate agritourism, adding refreshments and entertainment to augment an exceptional “u-pick” experience.

Describe your housing needs

I need to provide reasonable accommodations for four adults, three of whom are elderly. The easier this is to achieve, the better.

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

Physical safety of guests will be a priority as will psychological safety.

Our staff will be diverse, polite, and welcoming to all peaceful people.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Coastal, Gorge, North Willamette Valley

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

Seeking land access by:
May 1, 2023

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

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

Interested in these growing practices:
Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
August 30, 2023

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