Growing A Legacy – Multi Year Lease – Western Oregon


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Land Seeker Description

Hello, 

My name is Alyssa and I am a 33 year old creative, passionate, and determined neurodivergent woman. Like so many, quarantine put a lot of my life into prospective. I found myself lost in the rat race of life, depressed and desperately searching for a reason to keep fighting. In solitude, I began to look inward and ask myself what the meaning of my life was. I started my first garden and fell in love with homesteading. I found that I craved an intentional life where I was working in harmony with nature, using my hands to build and create things from scratch, and problem solve using my unique perspective. I immersed myself in learning as much about this lifestyle as I could and was delighted to learn just how therapeutic playing in soil and growing my own food from seed actually was. I realized that as much as I loved living close to my family, Southern California just never felt like home. It was on a road trip when I fell in love with all the trees and stunning views of the PNW. In April 2023, I was looking for a new place to live and decided to take a leap of faith and make the move up here, despite not knowing a single person. I have this renewed fire lit within me to create a legacy. One where I can make the world a better place before I’m gone. I am now on a mission to make my dream a reality because I truly believe I am living on borrowed time and this life I’m living is for something much greater than just myself.


What features of the property are essential?

Quality organic soil, water, electricity/solar, high speed internet.


Describe your farming experience

I grew up helping out on my great uncles U-Pick apple orchard in southern California. I have 3 years of organic gardening and preserving experience and have basic carpentry skills. I am very passionate about learning as much as I can from books, videos, or anyone who’s willing to teach me. I am constantly building new skills in my free time and will be getting my Master Gardening Certification next year.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

I am seeking land for a multi year lease or lease to buy. My short term goal is to get crops in the ground using organic, permaculture practices to start a market garden and CSA. I'd like to get a flock of chickens and possibly milk goats. I will use the land to create multiple revenue streams, as well as continue to grow my social media following to create revenue.


What are your long term goals

My long term goal is to purchase a large piece of land (20+ acres), expand the garden to include an orchard and create a self-sustaining mini ecosystem, as well as add more animals like cattle, pigs, and bees. A life goal of mine is to also create a non profit to work with children in the foster care system. There have been multiple studies that show just how therapeutic gardening and being in nature is in treating PTSD. I believe that creating a safe space where kids in the foster care system can come to heal is something this world needs more of.


Describe your housing needs

Ideally, I would like to have a place to live in on the property. If no housing is available I would need to be able to park an RV on site.


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

I believe farming at its core is about community. I am a lifelong learner and hope to share my knowledge with others along the way. I believe knowledge is power and that resources should be shared. I would love to be able to support myself and my community with what I raise and grow. I am passionate about getting to a place where I can give at least 51% of what I grow to help support and nourish my community.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Coastal, Gorge, 5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area, Southern, Neighboring States

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

Seeking land access by:
December 2, 2023

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Dairy, Flowers, Goats, Herbs, Mushrooms, Orchard/Fruit, Poultry, Vegetables, Other

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
October 12, 2023



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