Looking to purchase: 5-20+ acres near Portland or Vancouver


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Land Seeker Description

My partner and I run a farm in Vancouver WA on leased land for the past 5 years growing mixed vegetables and fruit using organic practices.  We are looking to invest in land with power, water, septic and some sort of structure (barn , outbuildings , etc)  to transition to moving our families there and the farm operation.  A home structure is ideal, but not required. 5-20 acres with a price range of less than $500k is our budget, which as you can imagine is very limiting in the current market. But we’re hoping to find the right person who wants their land to stay in sustainable/regenerative agriculture and continue to produce healthy food for the community. We’re open to partnerships and cooperatives and would love to continue farming for years to come and training other people interested in farming. Our current farm lease in Vancouver is good until 2028, but one of us has a bit of investment money that will be coming to fruition this autumn. Looking to invest it in land to help my mother have a home and start the transition to planning a permaculture designed property and planting out orchards / food forests.


What features of the property are essential?

-water rights/on-site private well, on-site sewer, electricity required
-Good soil for growing
- barns/out building structures very helpful!


Describe your farming experience

My partner and I traveled and WWOOF / interned for 2 years while studying and receiving Permaculture Design Certificates. After completing the program and returning to the states we hit the ground running and started our own farm (2017). We grew from 1/4 acre cultivation to currently managing over 2 acres in cultivation. We both worked on other farms/vineyards while starting our own farm and also gained lots of experience that way.
The property we are currently on is 34 acres total and has 8 acres in wine grapes. Our farm uses about 2 of those acres and another 5 is in orchard that we also manage.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

Short term- we want to use property to house family and start the planning process. Monitoring land and water to eventually build systems that can hold water and nutrient in soil. Then we want to plant out lots of trees- edible forests & orchards in areas and reserve areas for row cropping.


What are your long term goals

Long term- we will transition the property to a full scale farm and move there with our family. Continue our farm business for years to come- growing organic produce and creating a self reliant homestead. We also want to create an educational space to teach our community about growing food and also train other farmers. This could consist of demonstration gardens, classes, workshops, etc.


Describe your housing needs

Ideally we want land that is zoned to host a minimum of 2 houses/dwellings. They don’t have to already be on the property, but if there are existing structures that is a benefit.


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

We train and hire interns yearly and also farm hands - paying above minimum wages. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. We have also worked in cooperatives and would be happy to share extra land with those that don’t have access to land or funding.

Additional Land Seeker Details

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

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

Seeking land access by:
September 1, 2022

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

Interested in these business arrangements:
Sale of Land, Lease-to-own, 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:
June 13, 2022



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