Experienced (4 yrs) backyard gardener’s seeking 1-5 acres for expansion of organically grown, heirloom vegetable and cut flower business and use as home and farm in Oregon.


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Land Seeker Description

Jayce and Heidi:

Through our love for all things growing related, we found that it is easy to sacrifice for the greater good, and are not afraid of hard work and getting dirty. We are quick learners with strong integrity, eager and willing to learn, trustworthy, and reliable. Most importantly, we are happy people who are looking for land to love, respect, and cultivate while maintaining a small footprint and promoting a healthy ecosystem. We have no criminal record or history.

Jayce:

Before falling in love with organic gardening, I, a quiet introvert, worked in customer service for 20+ years. Finding that I preferred vegetables to people, I began to teach myself techniques and skills needed in the garden as well as organic practices by spending all my free time (when I am not tending to our own garden) watching gardening, homesteading, and farming videos. I have a strong interest and desire for self-sufficiency, land preservation, water preservation, horticulture,  permaculture as well as animal husbandry and will be ready to implement more practices as space allows. I have worked with the Oregon Food Bank in the past and would like to continue to do so on a greater level.

Heidi:

Having spent much of my time on a college campus, as a student and an employee, it was only natural that I would see our garden as a resource for learning, growing, and an eventual teaching avenue. In my new classroom, I found that I was quite comfortable playing in dirt, planting seeds, amending soil, filling root pouch bags, and witnessing plants burst forth from seeds to reach their highest potential, all the while knowing I had a hand (quite literally) in the process. I quickly learned that there is something so splendidly wonderful about all the different stages of growing food and flowers. My future plans include continuing to work alongside my husband Jayce, while implementing soap making, developing an essential oils skincare line, and creating themed walk thru gardens for others to tour and purchase cut flowers. I am also a writer and currently working on a young adult fiction novel. I am looking forward to combining my gift of writing with my love for gardening, farming, nature, and the land. 

Together, this season alone, we have sown over 1,737 seeds with a 99% success rate in a small 14 x 30-foot yard. We created our own website 1111farmandgarden.com where we sell our home-grown, organic, heirloom vegetables and converse with our customers. We are accruing online customers daily. 

farmandgarden1111@yahoo.com


What features of the property are essential?

-Safe/livable home and property
-Dogs and pets allowed
-Fenced or fence-able
-1-5 acres, with greenhouse or place for greenhouses
-Water/sewer/garbage/electricity/internet/phone
-Privacy
-Owner-financed
-Zoned for residential/agricultural
-Not in a 100 year old flood zone


Describe your farming experience

-Fence building
-Greenhouse set up
-Growing vegetables (seed to harvest)
-Salvaging and foraging resources
-Chicken coop building
-Maintaining the life and health of chickens, geese, and goats
-In ground growing
-Greenhouse growing
-Propagation of plants


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

-Get to know the property
-Organic concepts with organic practices
-Build out buildings; portable chicken coop (to help amend garden plots along with egg production), shop, garden tool sheds, etc.
-3-4 high-volume flourishing greenhouses
-Diversified vegetable crops (to grow all the things)
-Annual crop production
-Raise chickens
-Develop strong egg production
-Local farm fresh eggs from our chickens
-Learn and grow u-pick flower garden with bouquet bar
-Strong supportive staff
-Rain-water harvesting system
-Human-scale farming system centered on good growing practices and appropriate technology
-Get to know the community (possible garden needs)
-Create stable customer base through solid rapport
-Market Garden/Nursery
-Work the land for abundance of growth in respect to ecological principles
-Season extension through high tunnel additions
-To obtain the best yield from the soil, without excessive expenses, through the selection of crops, and through appropriate and strong work ethics
-To create a space where we can fall into a gratifying rhythm of life and work


What are your long term goals

-Develop strong customer service base
-Steady strong egg layers
-Profitable and flourishing nursery and store
-Add other farm animals
-Cultivate and raise bees
-U-pick, walk-thru flower gardens and pumpkin patch
-Farm to table eating establishment
-Work study programs through local colleges and educational programs
-Work with local schools for class field trips
-Embodying a safe place for growth and refuge
-Create and leave a minimal footprint


Describe your housing needs

-Three bedroom/ 2 bath preferred
-Dogs/pets allowed
-Internet/phone
-Water/sewer & electricity,
-Fenced or fence-able
-Cannabis friendly, medicinal use

We have been talking with a few landowners on here and feel that, for everyone's time management and investment, we need to be more specific here with what we are looking for. We are looking for land with housing. We want to live where we garden/farm and we want to live alone. Many landowners are seeking land workers with no housing on the land, or a shared housing type of situation, we are not that. We are a family looking for land where we can homestead and farm and garden. We already have a small nursery business and are ready to expand it onto a larger portion of land where we can also create a homesteading lifestyle. It doesn't need to be a forever type of situation but definitely long-term. We will want to be able to homestead and continue our nursery business for at least five years, or sooner, just until we can buy the land we are on or find property elsewhere. We are okay with a shared community, we are okay with sharing crops in trade, and in giving back to our surrounding community but we want a home/structure where only we live. We are super excited by what the future has in store for us and our future landowner. Thank you for reading this through to the end.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area, Southern

Acreage desired:
Less than 1 acre, 1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres

Seeking land access by:
July 1, 2021

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Flowers, Goats, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Nursery Stock, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Vegetables

Interested in these business arrangements:
Sale of Land, Lease-to-own, Lease with option to purchase, Lease for cash, Lease for trade, Partnership, Other

Interested in these growing practices:
Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension, Conventional, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
July 10, 2021



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