Couple seeking small acreage for flowers and specialty vegetables


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Land Seeker Description

We have been doing various types of farming for the past few years and are looking for up to 2 acres we can rent while we save up for our own place. Our interests and work experience in good clean food, food justice, environmental stewardship, creating beautiful things, and hands on work brought us to farming. We’ve worked on farms ranging from 1/8 acre plots across Baltimore to 90 acres in rural Washington, and dabbled in many different techniques. Small farms and their practices have always appealed the most to us, especially in relation to growing for a local community and in a way that is environmentally beneficial. We hope to  find ways to marry permaculture with small farm level production and will be focusing on no-till . We also love to DIY our way through everything (both to our benefit and not sometimes) and enjoy all kinds of projects from seed saving and amendment brewing to canning and crafting with what we grow and forage.


What features of the property are essential?

- Water available
- Location near Aloha, OR
- Non-flooding
- Southern exposure
- Buildings or buildable are for small shed/ shaded pack area


Describe your farming experience

Trevor: 3 Seasons at Calliope Farm: 2 seasons as farmhand (harvest, pack, tractor work, irrigation set-up, occasional delivery driver, 1 season as harvest manager (organizing and training new crew, overseeing quality and time management, economizing successions to estimate quantity of remaining harvestable product).

Kei: 2 seasons at a medium-scale vegetable farm, Calliope, that focuses on salad, tomatoes, and storage vegetables. Field crew, product packing, market team, and assistant managing seeding in the greenhouse. 1 season arranging bouquets at market and doing market sales for Ojeda Flower Farm. 1 year market sales, and mail-order sales at Burnt Ridge Nursery. Additional volunteer experience in flower farming with Hillen Homestead, native nursery work with Blue Water Baltimore, and occasional work with establishing several small community gardens around Baltimore, MD.

Both!: 2 years as owners of Cydonia Farm producing flowers, herbs, and vegetables at a farm-stand scale.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

Establish our business and grow our experience as we look for a permanent settlement. We hope to sell at market to start, while taking on wholesale accounts as we gain our footing. We are currently most interested in cut flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs, specialty vegetables, and seed saving. We plan to do all of our growing organically, with minimal disruption (no-till as much as possible, site-specific plant selection, minimize added irrigation, etc), and using restorative practices. We aspire to running our business as close to zero waste and closed loop as possible, and love trying new things to make this happen (hello soil blocks!). Having a packing space or studio space would be a bonus for floral events as we test the waters on how much we want to do beyond growing.


What are your long term goals

Our long term goals include establishing perennials in the forms of fruit & nut orchard, perennial cut flowers, food forests, medicinal perennials, restorative native plantings, and experimental floral farming. Further down the road we would be interested in doing some education or simply providing facilities for education, trial and learning gardens, and/or open studios.

Some farming practices we hope to learn about include companion planting, no-till, permaculture, wildlife friendly, greywater uses, making our own amendments, lunar farming, and fire-safe farming.


Describe your housing needs

We have housing in Aloha, OR and would need nothing more than a packing space with shade.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Portland Area

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

Seeking land access by:
January 18, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Bees, Berries, Flowers, Herbs, Poultry, Vegetables, Other

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease for cash, Lease for trade, Partnership

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
December 13, 2021



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