Cohort of Native American farmers seeking organic farmland to nurture


Land Seeker Description

Elderberry Wisdom Farm is a Native American nonprofit corporation located in the Willamette Valley. We train Native American adults in farming and horticulture so they can grow healthy food for their family, establish a microenterprise, participate in our Native American Farm Cooperative, and give back to the soil by strengthening the biodiversity of the soil.

We lost our farmland lease this spring and are searching for a new organic farm. Our staff and interns are hard working and respectful and want to arrange a new lease or lease-option. We and our team are searching for a special opportunity to continue training and experiential service learning on land that we can work over a longer period of time.

What features of the property are essential?

organic or Salmon Safe land which we can help to certify organic; water rights; mixture of farmland and woodland, some structures

Describe your farming experience

Our educator is a successful farmer, but the cohort of Native Americans are learning farming, horticulture, conservation and habitat restoration. We integrate traditional ecological knowledge with Western science practices. We are forming a Native American Farm Cooperative and Farmers Market.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

In the next five years, our cohort of Native American farmers will commit to increase their interplanting skills and experience in farming and pursuing other horticultural activities so they can establish a secure social and economic future.

What are your long term goals

We plan to permanently farm value added food products and conduct conservation and habitat restoration work on the land. Our cohort of farmers plan to securely operate businesses that can help to support their families long-term.

Describe your housing needs

Housing is not necessary but may be helpful in the future for some of the coop members in our cohort.

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

We are a community of color that has a rich race reconciliation philosophy that welcomes all colors, ethnicities and orientations.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:

Acreage desired:

Seeking land access by:
September 30, 2023

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Herbs, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, 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, Dry Farming

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
April 18, 2023

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