Beginning female farmer seeking land and experience


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Land Seeker Description

Hello! My husband and I are relocating to Oregon and are hoping to begin farming. I have been a back yard gardener with some farming experience (chickens, beekeeping, & gardening) for over 10 years and am hoping to transition my hobby to a career and lifestyle. I’m hoping to connect with local farmers who are willing to mentor and teach and hard-working, beginning woman farmer. I’d eventually like to run a farm of 5ish acres that can help benefit my community through farming exposure, education, and nutritious produce. I look forward to connecting!


What features of the property are essential?

Water rights, electricity, farm house, on-site sewer. Irrigation a plus. Small pasture a plus.


Describe your farming experience

I have been a backyard gardener for over 10 years including growing veggies, flowers, herbs, and fruit trees. I currently have 5 back yard chickens and a hive of bees. As a former peace corps volunteer, I also taught some gardening/composting for a women’s center. As a young person, I was a horseback rider so have some experience working in stables.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

I anticipate having a functioning farm with bees, chickens, and vegetables growing for ourselves. Towards the end of the first year or two, I’d like to have a business plan in place for a community engagement model.


What are your long term goals

In 5-10 years, I envision having a registered non-profit that includes community engagement including education and volunteer opportunities on the farm. Produce and other products will be used for personal use and to benefit my local community and community volunteers. Funding will come from federal, state, and private grants. If the model proves to be sustainable and valuable to the community, may consider opportunities to scale up.


Describe your housing needs

My husband and I will be relocating with our 2 dogs and cat. We don’t need a lot of space and have flexible housing needs but would prefer our own stand-alone house with 1+ bed 1+ bath.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Gorge, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres

Seeking land access by:
July 31, 2021

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Bees, Flowers, Goats, Herbs, Mushrooms, Orchard/Fruit, Vegetables, Vineyard

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
March 31, 2021



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