Experienced Biodynamic Land Stewards Seeking 4+ acres to live on and farm


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Land Seeker Description

Hello! We are an experienced farming couple looking for land to bring to fruition using regenerative agriculture and biodynamic principles. Ideally we would also live on the land and make it our home, either in tiny houses (we are considering purchasing and renovating a schoolbus) or in an existing dwelling.

My partner Noah, who has stewarded the 26-acre property we currently live on for over 8 years, has made it an oasis of fertility and abundance. He has grown annual vegetables for over 6 years and has created a well-oiled 50-member CSA model which could be replicated in a similar setting. He has also partnered with local agencies to create 16 acres of habitat restoration. Previously Noah owned a 2 1/2 acre blueberry U-pick, has 10 years of arboriculture experience, and has raised animals throughout, for both personal consumption and for profit. He dabbles in medicinal herb production, has helped develop multiple food forests, and has led the habitat restoration efforts on multiple large tracks of land.

I (Ingrid) have also been a long-timer earth keeper, starting in 2005. I previously co-ran a small CSA for 5 years and currently work as a full-time mental health counselor, where I am helping create two small therapy gardens for clients. However, I am itching to farm again, and plan to move to counseling part-time in order to reconnect with the land. In addition to providing enthusiastic labor and singing, I bring a diverse set of relational skills to this equation, and my personal goal is to create therapeutic farming experiences where folks can come and participate in meaningful labor and/or grow food in particular for underserved populations.

Noah and myself are looking for at least 4 acres of land that we could live on and grow a vegetable CSA. As animal manure is essential to our closed-loop biodynamic farming system model, we also bring our own fertility and animal life in the form of a small Dexter milking cow and calf, 2 donkeys, and ducks. We have 3 wonderful kiddos (ages 11, 12 and 14) who live with us half-time and also help out.

If you think we might fit into your vision for your land, we’d love to have a conversation, as we are looking to make a move in the next 1-2 months, if possible. Feel free to give us a call if you’d like to talk with us and/or to come see the property Noah currently stewards to see the possibilities.

 

 


What features of the property are essential?

Water rights, decent soil, place to park and live.


Describe your farming experience

Noah: Worked as a Woofer at the research farm for Christchurch New Zealand Polytechnic in 1999, did ten years as a climbing arborist, worked a native tree nursery for three years, did three years of tree planting and soil remediation, and worked on micro agroforestry and food forest installations in the tropics. Owed a blueberry U-Pick for a year helping to reclaim and transition a 25 year old neglected 17 acre patch of convention berry bushes to biodynamic management. He is currently an active member of the Oregon Biodynamic Group prep making branch, and since 2013 has grown vegetables on a Waldorf school farm using biodynamic methods. He also grew produce for market in Japan for a year and have had success with hogs, goats, sheep. He has raised geese in the past as well.

Ingrid: Began farming in 2004 in Missouri while interning on eco-villages. 2005-2006 City Slicker Urban Farm, West Oakland. 2006-2007 apprenticed 2 years at Live Power Community Farm, a horse-powered biodynamic CSA in Covelo, CA. 2008-2014 co-created Heartwheel Farm, a mini farm outside of Silverton, OR where we grew annual vegetables for a small CSA. Since 2017 she has helped Noah with farming on the land he current stewards, and has lived here since 2019.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

Ideally we would move onto the land in May of Year 1 and plant what we can the first year, depending on the state of the land. If the land has not been previously planted, we would set up infrastructure, break ground and cover crop fields from September on, then start in-ground planting in April of Year 2 for sales starting in October and beyond for a Winter/ Spring CSA. We would also like access to pasture for the animals.


What are your long term goals

Pastures, animal husbandry systems, and native habitat established to support all on-farm nutrient cycling systems, an October through May vegetable CSA, and lots of perennial medicinals, herbs, flowers, fruit, and nuts in the ground as well as native forage plots.


Describe your housing needs

Our eldest son (now 14) will be finished with his 7x13 tiny house this summer. We are considering buying a schoolbus to convert into a tiny home, as well as another tiny trailer for the 11 and 12 year-olds. We are also open living in any existing structures for housing needs, but would prefer to be off-grid if possible. Other farm structures to run the business would include: pack shed/“barn” high tunnel for hay and crop processing, three 100ft high tunnels, and a shipping container converted for cold storage and tools.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

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

Seeking land access by:
May 1, 2021

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

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
March 18, 2021



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