Married Couple looking to lease / rent / creative solution land in Oregon


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Land Seeker Description

Glad to meet ya!

Pennie & Kelvin Keith (married forever, if that matters to anyone, but anyhoo…), looking for land opportunity in Oregon (hopefully, anyway).

We are currently on the East Coast, but our hearts have been yearning for the West Coast since we left it 20 years ago.

History: Lived in Gold Beach, OR for a while during our idealistic 20’s in our RV with our kid, dog, and cat. Later on took an opportunity to intern at an (supposed-to-have-been) organic farm in Port Angeles, Washington. As we left Oregon I vowed to return one day, and am hopeful that day may be soon.

Washington, though absolutely fairy-tale beautiful, did not work out, when we took issue with the owners spraying chemicals on the roses so the deer would not eat them, among other things.

Life moves on. The kid grew up and the dog and cat are now two cats, but it’s still us, and we’re still trying our best to live off the land. We purchased a home with a few acres here in the most Southern part of Western North Carolina there is – one mile from the SC line, hoping to make a go of it with a market garden. This is now year 3, and we have come to accept that alone we are facing obstacles that are not easily overcome. Our land faces the right direction, and has access to power and water, but there are too many trees blocking the best area to grow and the well is residential. Issues that can be overcome with the right financial resources, but unfortunately not available to us at this time.

So we go back to living small, this time in a renovated bus (because that was another vow, made long ago). We sell the home and the land to someone with the resources that can make it into the paradise we know it can be, and we use our resources (ourselves) to help others.

And here we are on Farm Link, looking for an opportunity for paradise and a way to live within a small footprint. We are working on finishing our bus and the selling of our house. During our search for new land we found Farm Link and have already seen a few properties we are supremely interested in. We are open to a yearly (or more) rental/lease and/or caretaker position and/or submit an idea to consider and/or purchase options. We will have our own self-contained living space as long as we have access to water – even if that means trucked in weekly.

 

Interests and experience include: no-till gardening, hugelkultur, permaculture, non-gmo. Obsessed with squash – just ask.

Have seeds, will travel – in fact, looking forward to it!

 

We are not looking for care-taking of meat-animals. If yours is a rescue mission we are absolutely on board; dairy and meat animals break my extremely tender heart and would not be a good fit. Fiber or draft animals that are allowed to pasture at old age would be a delight to care for. Even old and crotchety barn cats are heavenly! (To sum it up: love animals to pet and feed and brush and spoil to the ends of the earth, cannot help raise for designated death.)

Thank you for your ear, time, and attention. If you find your vision matches ours, please send us a note! email.penandink@gmail.com


What features of the property are essential?

We need some sort of access to water - we will have holding tanks but must have a way to refill on a regular basis.
We hope to be able to produce our own electric needs, but if it is available we would use it as a backup /supplement.


Describe your farming experience

Inherited the farming "green thumb" from grandmother. Have been exposed to farming since childhood. Have grown on tilled land, no-till, raised beds, green houses, hay bales, hugelkulturs, containers. Experience with processing: pickles, canning (pressure and water bath), dehydration, freezing, cooking, baking, what-have-you.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

Finding a place to settle into to. We put on hold our live-off-the-land lifestyle while our son was in school and now have found ourselves full-circle looking for what feels more real - real food, real air, real sky. Looking now to return to small footprint.


What are your long term goals

Long term goal: steward.
To become a steward of the land - to be entrusted for the long-term continuation of any piece of paradise would be considered the ultimate end-goal and blessing. There could be no higher honor than to know one's efforts are for the betterment of the land, or at least the protection of.
We would like to be able to sustain ourselves from the land and give back in any way possible.


Describe your housing needs

We will have self-contained housing. Need access to water and possibly electric if too shaded an area. Must allow cats as we currently are owned by two. Would like the option of having a dog.

Additional Land Seeker Details

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

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

Seeking land access by:
March 1, 2020

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Flowers, Herbs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Vegetables, Vineyard, Other

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

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:
October 22, 2020



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