Thimbleberry Collaborative Farm seeks 5-20 acres near Gresham, OR


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Land Seeker Description

Hello! We are Thimbleberry Collaborative Farm (https://thimbleberrycollaborativefarm.org/)a 16-member committee of educators, farmers, policy advocates, and community members in the process of forming a 501c3 non-profit. We are seeking 5-20 acres of arable land, preferably within 10-15 minutes of downtown Gresham and/or served by nearby public transit, in order to best serve our target demographic. We are open to lease, lease-to-own, or purchase of land.

Thimbleberry Collaborative Farm will be a farm-based education and community center located near Gresham, OR. Our mission is to improve local and national food systems by providing access to healthy, affordable food and arable land; educational programs; and opportunities to take action.

Most of Thimbleberry Collaborative Farm’s programs will be offered at sliding scale fees so that everyone can benefit from the affordable produce, access to nature, community hub, and learning opportunities that it provides, regardless of income. We are dedicated to making the farm as inclusive and accessible as possible, centering BIPOC and LGBTQ+ folks in our conversations about farm and curriculum development. We plan to have paved paths, raised beds, and shaded seating areas for individuals with varying abilities. 


What features of the property are essential?

Access to city water or an irrigation well with water rights. Access to public transit nearby, and/or within 10-15 minutes from downtown Gresham.


Describe your farming experience

In addition to market farm management/ownership and extensive growing expertise, our committee has a large range of experience in food policy/advocacy, grant writing, education, and a deep interest in social good as it relates to food access and sharing of knowledge.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

Create a learning garden, begin to host community events, and continue building relationships in the community.


What are your long term goals

-Community Supported Agriculture program, direct sales at farmers markets and to restaurants, community garden plots, field trips for youth, classes for community members of all ages, donation to food banks and other local organizations, and to become a trusted community hub in Gresham and East County.


Describe your housing needs

N/A

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Portland Area

Acreage desired:
5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres

Seeking land access by:
February 1, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Bees, Berries, Flowers, Herbs, Orchard/Fruit, Vegetables

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, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
November 16, 2021



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