Hi there we are Celina and Aaron. We are a 30ish couple. We want to start a small farm/community on our property in Springfield about 20-25 minutes to U of O. We are very new to the idea and are just starting to think about setting up our space.
We are looking for someone who can help us with the mortgage and/or a work trade partnership especially the BIPOC community. You would need to have your own housing as we don’t currently have any available outside our home. We are very open to doing a yurt, cabin, etc if you have the plan. Otherwise we can have electric and water hookups for a trailer or tiny home. We are also open to you living in our home short term while we figure out an alternative living area for you.
The home is located in a beautiful quiet, country setting on 6.5 acres that is mostly wooded with about an acre and a half of cleared space and flat and gently sloping. We are also very much country so you will also here the occasional gunshots from neighbors shooting (They don’t hunt the animals it is just for fun). We have lots of turkeys and deer that wander around and are our friends 🙂
There are no nearby bus line nearby and biking would be unsafe so you would need a car. We also have the world’s sweetest dog who requires you to stare lovingly into her eyes for at least 30 minutes each day so dog lovers are a must 🙂 We also have a lab puppy who is about 15 weeks and he is a handful so be aware you may be chewed on occasionally/all the time until he grows a little. Next February we plan to buy bare root trees and begin a food forest. We are also interested in hugelkultur mounds and no till gardening. We are currently working our converting a shed into a large chicken coop. We would like to have a couple sheep or goats at some point as well. Other animals would be considered as well if they are a good fit. We are looking for someone with similar interests in stewardship and appreciation of the land and cognizant of water and electricity usage. We aren’t looking for a master farmer just be a hard worker with a willingness to learn and love for the land and animals and possibly the sound of a rooster waking you up in the morning or whistling for the dogs after they run away again. It would also be amazing if we could find someone we could rely on to watch our animals when we travel to visit family, etc.
Easy access to the Willamette and hiking, Jasper State Park, thurston hills natural area, etc. We are adjacent to hundreds of acres of Weyerhaeuser land and easy proximity to BLM. FYI we are more progressively minded. Rent would be based on whatever we worked out that feels fair to both of us, be it money or a work trade. We don’t have good cell service and use a booster which works ok. No cigarettes, drugs, or heavy drinking inside or outside including 420 (Ok if it is medical or for the right person.)
The perfect person would be excited with the idea of experimenting with different growing techniques and trying new ideas to see what works best in our location. Creativity is encouraged! We will farm organic in practice though we have no intention of certifying organic. No pesticides or herbicides including so called “organic” fertilizers and sprays. We will be experimenting with biodiversity, no till and nature doing the hard work for us and just watching and listening to see what direction nature wants us to take to make the land as productive as possible. Since the land is mostly wooded we will have a strong focus on building up food forest in the existing canopy as well as intensive gardening in the cleared area. We would like to start a small CSA to start to get a feel for it and eventually build an ADU or glamping type tent setup for an Airbnb farm experiences for income as well as a way to give back. We will practice hand tool farming so no tractors or automation except for a lawn mower that we would use to move things around.
We will be attempting to use a lot of rainwater for irrigation so if you have experience or a desire to learn about that is also welcome especially if you have experience dealing with freeze prevention. We are in the planning stage but once we start work it will go quick as we already have many ideas on the flow of the farm. We are in no hurry to find someone so move in would be as soon as the right person was ready whether that was this week or in 3 months.
Thanks so much for reading this long message and if this sounds interesting please share a bit more about yourself: what you do, what you like to do, why you would like to live here, your current living situation, hobbies, etc. AWe look forward to hearing from you!
Celina and Aaron
Prepare areas for growing, build a hoophouse, raise chickens, plant fruit trees
Create a large food forest and no till gardening community farm.
Gardening, open space
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