After some decades of living on three permaculture/forest farms, creating food and medicine, wood production and floral, the best thing would be a fairly open contract to buy someone out of assets that are accounted for as equity. The land would be in the foothills, with a slight slope and topsoil that is drained or can be tiled to become drainable. We could use 10 -20 acres for orchards, for grazing poultry and production of herbs, for the use of making animal habitats with useful plants, and for the learning environment of the adolescent youth. Higher elevation might be best for many reasons. Air flow, given no cold sink or bowl-shaped feature that collects cold moisture, is workable. Most class 3 soils are suitable. If there are older fruit trees, removing bugs and disease from the picture can be more difficult. So its maybe beneficial to start with a clean piece of ground, then to farm in an intensive monocultured site. Not a strict requirement, but, it would be nice to have some cover crops in place.
My partner and I are rare beings that are intending to be surrounded by diversity of life and diverse system of livelihood.
I have been since 1988, she since 2010. Jana takes care of animals and I to collect useful plants. We are both considered Biophiliacs. The problem with being a biofeliac is that one is driven to farm the earth all of your spare time.
Luckily farming has paved our way, by allowing us to create orchards and a nursery with hundreds of varieties of fruit. A test orchard has been utilized for the past 5 years. Using the information gathered, a business plan has been refined. At the least the next property will have a value improving infrastructure sufficient to buy out the owner comperable to a value increased minjs our equity. Depreciation after year 15, many of the fruit trees will be sold from the nursery, fruit grown to sell to cider makers and to markets. Contracts are available to a land owner that will give percentages of those returns in addition to tax benefits and long term income sources. Some products will be presold in fact. Some will be sold to the public farm direct.
“True genius is recognizing the relationships between all things. Insanity is the inability to handle those relationships.” Anonymous
“Behind every great man is a great woman.”
“Have compassion for all beings rich and poor alike. Each has their suffering. Some suffer too much and some suffer too little.” Siddharta Gautama
“Trees have been representatives of nature that show us what altruism really is.”
Well water for human consumption ideal, water runoff for irrigation, a stream of course, or a pond along with a barn is needed for animals, and can be built. 210 amp outlet will be need for the freezer. A stainless steel kitchen will be erected by year five.
Farm 1 Timber farm. Age 19-32. 34 acres micromanaged using multiple canopies and gourmet mushroom fungus as an herbacide. Harvests of secondary forest products, including firewood.
"The Ranch". the rest of the 110 acres in Alsea used for growing native timber. a nursery growing treees from seeds and growing larger timber species. Sold all or planted all.
Farm 2 2010 30 acres permaculture farm Monroe OR. Fruits nuts berries, mentorships from neighbors. Attending OSU to learn Organic methods of farming, permaculture design certified. Started a fruit tree nursery
Farm 3 1.5 acres of supremely good soil growing veggies namely garlic. This was a short stay as the next farm comes up.
Farm 4 200 acres of not so good, 100 yr hazelnut farm on slopes did erode the topsoil. First year growing hemp here as well as continuing the fruit tree nursery since 2010.
farm 5 One season in Alsea growing 5 cultivars of hemp.
Farm 6 is current. Test orchard
Establish maybe 40 varieties of commercial apples for juicing of a unique nutrition content and uncommon fresh eating or cook worthy fruits as a basis for a steady income but also having novel fruits to make juice from. The understories will include grapes, hemp if a contract to sell is in place, Chinese herbs and gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Most veggies will be used to make value improved products that will give the produce shelf life. Turkey poults for sale, Geese also, lastly and primarily the fruit tree nursery will be made commercially viable. We have all tools to make these ventures happen. We need water and soil. Manure will be provided however, there is a need for more always. I will start teaching workshops this year. Hopefully, teaching kids are in the cards. A rough outline as to how that may occur is attached.
After markets are exploited, we move out of selling locally which will evolve into FDA compliance, labels etc. A freezer will be brought in or constructed, and a standardized juice will become possible to produce.
Mushrooms and Medicinals sold to traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, some will be sold to the public farm direct. The implementing of so many companion style planted features will be made more possible by employing young farmers over the course of five years. Cover crops are at the front of these priorities.
We need a spot separated as our own, to be creative with, to put a tiny home on. Or a fixer upper to work on. Storage space we can create as needed, or we may use small spot to put a shed.
Having kids around to learn the art and the science of permaculture or regenerative farming will take on the form of a non-profit so that the process of finding a persons' aptitude for working with nature in the outdoors can be realized while the labore to harvest will be taken care of for the most part.
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