Couple Seeking Small Scale Land/Greenhouse for Bees, Mushrooms, & Heirloom Melons


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Land Seeker Description

My partner and I recently migrated to the NW area and are actively seeking a land stewardship/living opportunity that can support beekeeping, small scale mushroom (shiitake, oyster, and more) farming, and experimental work with greenhouse-grown heirloom & medicinal melons. We have combined skills in vegetable and flower farming, gardening, and beekeeping, as well as experience caring for chickens, goats, and horses. We are competent with power-tools and have a can-do attitude toward infrastructure projects. We are quiet and tidy, sober, and connection oriented — committed to learning and collaboration with our direct community.

We welcome questions and are open to negotiable work/trade opportunities. Looking forward to conversation.


What features of the property are essential?

Water, greenhouse(s), organically (not certified is welcome) held land, adjacent housing preferred


Describe your farming experience

After pursuing land care and farming experience centering bees, small-scale vegetable production and flower cultivation (2020-2022), we spent a formative 5 months backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail as a transitionary pilgrimage. We’ve arrived at the threshold to go all-in and are equipped with the determination, planning skills, and the open-heartedness required for scaleable food and medicine growing.

We are beginning farmers with plenty of optimism and commitment to sustainable organic practices. We ultimately hope to offer unique medicinal-style crops to our community through direct market sales. We have stellar landlord references from previous caretaking experience as well as community and artist-residency references.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

Cultivation of healthy pollinators (using biodynamic and organic methodology), small scale mushroom farming, and experimental greenhouse gardening for heirloom and medicinal melons. The foundational first year will involve extensive planning, experimentation, compost building, and expected minor crop yield. Lease perimeters can remain flexible, but we plan to commit to a space for a minimum of 2-4 years with the hope of creating a foundation for continued longevity.


What are your long term goals

Scaleable yield and variety dependent on direct market needs and seasonal growth rates. Our vision is adaptable, open, and evolution oriented. Plans center mushrooms as primary market crop. Secondary product: medicinal-dose honey and propolis.


Describe your housing needs

We are currently both working digital artists with secondary income sources. Affordable housing supports flexibility to focus energy and resources on growth projects. We have loving community throughout the NW and are seeking land near Bend, Eugene, or outside of Portland (open to Columbia River Gorge). We do not wish to live directly in a city. We’re seeking semi-rural/urban-adjacent land (within a 30 minute drive from a cultural hub). We are open to varied housing opportunities including in-law quarters, ADUs, tiny-houses, sweet little cabins, or yurts.


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

It is important to note that we are a young queer couple and seek to be part of/create affirmative, safe spaces for ourselves and our loved ones. We have zero tolerance for discriminatory behavior (based on race, age, or identity) and prioritize non-violent communication and conflict resolution.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Central, Gorge, 5, Portland Area

Acreage desired:
Less than 1 acre

Seeking land access by:
March 1, 2023

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Bees, Flowers, Mushrooms, Other

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
January 27, 2023



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