Experienced Biodynamic Stewards Seeking Land for Social and Ecologically-Regenerative Farm Project


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Land Seeker Description

Hello! We are an experienced farming couple looking for land to bring to fruition a living ecosystem that implements biodynamic agroforestry, native habitat restoration, and a site for a therapeutic Social Enterprise Care Farming endeavor.

My partner Noah stewarded a 26-acre property and made it an oasis of fertility and abundance. He grew annual vegetables for over 6 years and created a well-oiled 50-member CSA model which could be replicated in a similar setting. He also partnered with local agencies to create 16 acres of restored habitat. Previously Noah owned a 1 1/2 acre blueberry U-pick, worked for 10 years as a climbing arborist, 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. His latest thoughts revolve around diversified agroforestry ally cropping  followed by silvopasture to eventually return the land back to a blend of native habitat and food production.

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 licensed mental health counselor, where I have helped create two small therapy gardens for clients. However, I am itching to farm again, and in mid-January plan to move to counseling part-time in order to start a therapeutic farm program. In addition to providing enthusiastic labor, singing, and my own farming expertise,  I bring a diverse set of relational skills to this equation. My personal goal is to create therapeutic farming experiences where folks can come and participate in meaningful labor while they grow food for themselves and for underserved populations. Grants, linkages to local healthcare providers, and selling of the food to those who would like to help support such a project will fund these opportunities. Both Noah and I have previous success in applying for and obtaining grant funding.

Noah and myself are stable in a lovely yurt in Helvetia, where we live with our three kiddos (who are with us half-time), our Dexter cow and her calf.

If you think we might fit into your vision for your land, we’d love to have a conversation.

 

 


What features of the property are essential?

Water rights or a decent well, some flat ground


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. Owned a blueberry U-Pick for a year helping to reclaim and transition a 25 year old neglected 17 acre patch of conventional berry bushes to biodynamic management. He is currently an active member of the Oregon Biodynamic Group prep making branch, and developed and ran a successful 50-member Fall/Winter/Spring CSA using biodynamic methods. He also grew produce for market in Japan for a year and has had success with hogs, goats, sheep, and geese. Noah also has experience with other animal breeds, agroforestry and native habitat restoration.

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. 2017-2021 she helped Noah with farming the land he stewarded, and Summer 2021 volunteered at an organic vegetable farm on a weekly basis in exchange for the family's vegetables. She also grew a small garden in front of the mental health clinic office where she works as part of a grant-funded project.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

Ideally we would have access to the land early spring to prep the ground for crops that do well in newly broken sod and get to know the property, its people and the surroundings. Year one would also include accessing grants and establishing linkages with local healthcare organizations in order to connect folks in need with on-farm opportunities.


What are your long term goals

Silopasture based integrated animal husbandry systems, and native habitat established to support all on-farm nutrient cycling systems, an October through May vegetable CSA (focusing on roots and greens) with a heavy focus on ally cropping, and a smaller summer vegetable component for therapeutic work and on farm consumption.

The establishment of a nonprofit (or working under an existing nonprofit) to create a Social Enterprise/Care Farm (Care Farming is a term coined in Europe where working farms pair with healthcare providers) where a small crew of adults with physical and/or mental health challenges can participate in a therapeutic farm program which would help them be a part of meaningful production of food and native habitat creation as they gain vocational skills.


Describe your housing needs

None. We have stable housing in a yurt in Helvetia.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres, 21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
February 1, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Cattle, Dairy, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Goats, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Horses, Mushrooms, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, 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:
Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
December 21, 2021



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