Looking to lease 1-2 acres in Clackamas County


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Land Seeker Description

My wife Heather and I have owned and operated Springtail Farm since 2011. We began as an annual row crop operation, and in 2018 we began a transition into growing small fruit. We have been working with Sturms berry farm and El Tio farm to learn the ins and outs of growing berries, and we completed a 5 year program with Headwaters Incubator Program (2015-2019).


What features of the property are essential?

Water, access to hook up water. Dont want to overhead water.


Describe your farming experience

I started farming in Joseph Oregon, in 2007, where I interned with Beth Gibans of Backyard Gardens. From there, I started farming on 17 acres of hayfield in Eagle Creek, (not the gorge, near Estacada). Farmed there a couple years, 2008-2009, then did the urban farm thing a couple years. In 2011, went back out to Eagle Creek and farmed just an acre of row crops, met Heather, and started Springtail Farm. The next 3 years we farmed a small plot in Damascus at Heathers parents, doing a CSA and internet sales and small farmer markets. In 2015 we entered the HIP program, and have been farming 1-3 acres there the last 5 years.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

To grow strawberries, upick and we pick.


What are your long term goals

To find some long term land to lease for raspberries, blackberries, other small fruit, no blueberries! Maybe flowers and a handful of vegetable crops, asparagus, we have moved into more of an interest with perennials.


Describe your housing needs

We have a home in Portland

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
North Willamette Valley

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres

Seeking land access by:
September 1, 2020

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Berries, Flowers, Vegetables

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease for cash

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
August 3, 2020



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