Couple seeking lease/creative solution for diversified farm, CSA, market garden, holistically managed grazing


Land Seeker Description

We are an ambitious couple in our early and late twenties, seeking an opportunity to build a farm and business based on regenerative practices. We would like to begin with the possibility of a creative lease and work from there. After years as farmhands learning from experienced mentors, we  are looking to deepen our experience in farming and create or join a new farm enterprise. Our ideas center around generation of on farm fertility and diversification to create a resilient farm organism and business.

What features of the property are essential?

water rights, a well, barn/storage/pack shed, tractor, pasture

Describe your farming experience

By November of 2021, we will have a combined 5 years farming experience in responsible agricultural methods. Isabella is in the midst of her second season as a full time apprentice, and Gregg will have worked 2 seasons as a paid employee, as well as a year-long apprenticeship in 2018. We are familiar with management that considers the farm as an organism, and have worked with mentors that stress on-farm fertility and regeneration. Both of us have experience at farmers market, and CSA packing/distribution. The use of draft power, namely the humble ox, is something that we have both dedicated energy and study to (both as teamsters and in management) as a viable option for a resilient, human-scale, "future primitive" agricultural landscape.
In conjunction with Gregg's current market gardening, there is a small propagation house attached to his home in which we have been nursing all of our own flower, veggie, and onion starts from seed.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

We would like to establish a stable and resilient market garden capable of supporting a modest CSA program, farmers markets and perhaps some wholesale accounts with local restaurants. From the beginning, we want to prioritize creating a source for on-farm fertility to minimize purchased inputs of amendments.
This may be implemented in the form of a dairy herd of cows/goats/sheep, draft animals-in training, or a laying flock of chickens. We believe these decisions depend largely on the particular character of the land we choose. For example, some places may be suited to cattle, some will not. Concurrently, we want to establish pastured meat operation to provide cash flow, build soil fertility and supplement a robust, hearty CSA.

What are your long term goals

As systems are secured in these formative years, we would also like to prioritize work towards the perenniality and conservation of the whole farm ecosystem. This could include working with native plants in their due niches, establishing a food forest/orchard/silvopasture, stewarding bees, and feeding dialogues/partnerships with local First Nations peoples.
In the long term, we would like to have established teams of oxen that will compound our efforts towards self sourced fertility. We realize that we will never live in a vacuum of either market or community, and see ourselves prioritizing elements of education and community involvement wherever possible.
We will start simply, but over time it will be our goal to diversify as much as possible.

Describe your housing needs

We would ideally live on the farm, however require minimal and modest accommodation. We are flexible!

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Coastal, Gorge, 5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area, Southern, Neighboring States

Acreage desired:
5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres, 21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
December 15, 2021

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Cattle, Dairy, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Goats, Grain, Herbs, Hogs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease-to-own, Lease for cash, Lease for trade, Partnership, Other

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
May 30, 2021

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