Couple seeking to rent 1-10 acres, with housing available, with possibility of work trade, and easy commute to Portland


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Land Seeker Description

My partner and I want to take the steps necessary to be able to work the land in a sustainable and organic way. We have some experience but many concepts are still very new to us. However, we have passion in our hearts and excitement in our spirit of what is yet to come. Hayden (25) works in the CBD industry full time, so a reasonable commuting distance to Portland is a necessity for us. Jennifer (25) is an aspiring herbalist who would love room to grow sacred healing medicine and create natural healing products. We are both interested in natural farming practices, such as biodynamic farming, off-grid sustainability, natural building, soil-amending techniques, and being cultivators of all of our resources.  With a little practice we believe that we can accomplish great things, and would be willing to help out on another person’s/peoples’ farm as well as be able to have some space of our own. We love to care for animals, and have one of our own: a 3 year old black lab named Lily (Liliaceae) who is our protector with a big bark, but also one of the kindest, most loving creatures I have yet to meet. Long-story-short: we want to escape the confines of inner-city living and the nightmare of modern suburbia. Rental agencies do not have the acreage  and community that we desire, as we wish to become more in tune with the beautiful land that resides here in the majestic Pacific Northwest.


What features of the property are essential?

Housing, chemical-free fertile soil, and a conscious community. Water and electricity are always a plus.


Describe your farming experience

Jennifer has had some experience through work trade at a couple of farms around the US, and practices organic farming practices on a micro-scale. Would love more room to expand my practice.

Hayden has a background in construction, landscape architecture, soil-building techniques via worm compost, and organic gardening on a small scale Portland property.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

We want to get out of the city to live in a more rural setting, where we can learn and practice organic, permaculture-based farming. To work with the soil and the land to create something beautiful. To be able to organically grow our own vegetables and medicinal herbs, so that we can nourish ourselves and our community. We want to build a worm composting system, as well as the possibility of a chicken coup, for companionship and a symbiotic relationship with them and the soil. To build up our repertoire, if you will, so that we can learn how to escape the confines of an ever-increasing consumeristic society. And also, to create a trusting relationship with the owners, as helpers and as friends, and as stewards of the land. Although we do not yet have the resources to set up a commercial farm at this time, we would love to become involved with an established farm to help with their commercial needs.


What are your long term goals

We would eventually like to get some land of our own, and create a sustainable homestead on a beautiful piece of Northwestern property. We just want to work out the kinks and learn how to do it to the full extent until we are finally able to heavily invest in our vision. We would eventually like to establish ourselves within a community, providing farm-fresh organic foods and powerfully potent medicinal herbs, as well as provide educational resources for those whom also choose to walk this path. Our craving for animal companionship is also evident within our conversations of the future, as we would eventually love to have horses, sheep, chickens and goats. Not merely as collection items, but as friends. Animals carry such a healing energy and working with them is an incredible pursuit of connecting with spirit. We would love to talk more with those interested in reaching out to us, but for now, we would love to be able to learn and establish ourselves within this vital niche.


Describe your housing needs

Housing would be a necessity for us because we do not yet have a mobile home to relocate with us. However, some room to build out a bus or some space to build a yurt would definitely be something to look forward to in the future. We would prefer a one-or two bedroom, but are very lenient. As long as we can create a safe home for ourselves, and have some space to work the land and on our dreams, we will be very thankful for whatever we can get. We are willing to pay for rent, but a negotiable price with work trade would be wonderful, and we would certainly pay for our utilities.

Additional Land Seeker Details

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

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres

Seeking land access by:
September 13, 2020

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Flowers, Herbs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Poultry, Vegetables

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
August 14, 2020



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