Aspiring Bee Keeper Seeking Lease within 1hr of Portland Metro


Land Seeker Description

We are looking for an area of land to inhabit for the next 3-5 years, we are working with the USDA to get a loan to start a honeybee operation . we are ideally looking for access to at a minimum of 5 acres. our plan is to start with purchasing 15-20 hives outright from local sources and through the season expand that as much as possible (aiming to at least double) . We want to live onsite to help keep a better eye on how the hives are developing. we would also like the ability to maintain clover, berries and other such flowering crops near by to help foster honey production.

What features of the property are essential?

An indoor work space, on site living arrangements, open space, ideally wild flowers, black berries and other such flowering plants

Describe your farming experience

My dad lived on a farm when i was a kid. Id spend summers and school breaks there. I grew up working my fathers hemp farm and tending to their livestock. Since then ive been really into gardening. Ive mostly focused on vegetables but have even grown tobacco. My spouse has experience in raising chickens, tending bees, and backyard gardening.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

Build and maintain a base stock of bees, in raised beds have various flowers and berries, mostly to help foster more honey production. Working towards 100 active hives by the end of one year since breaking ground , more in the future . Id like to leave my job and eventually have my spouse do the same so we can both bee-come full time bee keepers. Id like to enroll in the oregon master beekeeper program as well

What are your long term goals

To aquire my own land, garden and farm enough supplies to be food self sufficient. Have honey be our main cash crop but maybe also sell fruit like apples , or plums

Describe your housing needs

A one or two bedroom house, ideally with hook ups for a washer/ dryer. I do have an indoor cat.

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 a trans woman. My spouse is also trans. We are proud members of the LGBTQ+ community. We also engage in community organizing around various progressive struggles.

Additional Land Seeker Details

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

Acreage desired:
Less than 1 acre, 1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Bees, Berries, Fiber Animals, Flowers

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

Interested in these growing practices:
Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
April 17, 2023

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