Multi-Generation Family with decades experience


Land Seeker Description

Thanks for viewing our listing! As stated in the title, we are a multi-generational family with 60+ years of horticultural and agricultural experience.

My wife and I are experienced in small, diverse market garden agriculture with a focus on propagation of heirloom species as well as a focus on cut flower and potted annual propagation. Additionally, we operate a garden service here in our current city of Charleston, SC (I’ll get to that soon).

My widowed mother has 40 years experience in retail nursery and horticultural specialization, with an extensive knowledge of plant species and plant management.

My brother is an aspiring horticulturalist currently living in Portland. We still live in SC and seek to change that. We are enamored with the growing zone of the Pacific Northwest and feel we can experience success in carving out our niche.

We are seeking land, potentially if not preferably to buy, in the Northern/Semi-Coastal Valley of Oregon as well as Washington. Frankly, your growing season is so remarkably an improvement over ours we’re confident in being able to grow wherever we land.

We’re seeking to reunite the family and start a new chapter after the tragic loss of my father to cancer two years ago. We’d like my mother to live with us and her grandkids with some room to breathe. We are looking for a suitable compound/large house. Preferably owner financed, cash in hand transactions being priority.

Let’s start a dialogue and hopefully we can instill confidence. Thank you!

What features of the property are essential?

Electricity is essential. Naturally occurring waterways with water rights are preferred. Rural zoning and agricultural surroundings definitely preferred. Barns and structures would be fantastic but we are certainly prepared to build or renovate infrastructure. Soil type of humus, at least partially, preferred over completely fallow fields ideally, however we are familiar with the process of reclaiming fallow lands. Essentially, if it's got room for improvement and has enough space we can and will work it. Not necessarily looking for a turnkey, but a tractor would be excellent.

Describe your farming experience

Our market gardening/small farm experience comes from operations that employ intensive rotational crops for the purposes of direct sale to consumers and businesses. With that came experience in business management, crop management, marketing, and of course growing. We have operated and managed both our own and others operations over the course of our experience.
Currently we operate on a scale more akin to nursery management, all of us. My mother is a retail manager of a nursery and we grow in a nursery environment to supply our business. Anna, my wife, worked in the nursery industry when she started her horticultural career, observing the management of a supplier nursery and gaining experience.
Of course gardening experience is extensive, with all of us carrying well established green thumbs. The growing is the easy part, the selling of the wares is the challenge. We have seen the many ways, right and not so right, to do so.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

Immediate plans would be to plan as diverse a setup as possible. Contact local ag extension services ahead of time to seek out specialty crops that are in demand in the area while relying on our experience to establish crops that we know we can produce. Ideally we'd work the land to provide maximum potential for return, or at least minimize chance for loss, in the first 2 years (3 really). All sustainably of course, with the eye on the long view.

What are your long term goals

The long view is to establish a singular marketable crop be that nursery based, single-usage crops, or even sustainably produced commodity crops. We've grown for long enough to know that overextending produces less quality crops. We also know that nothing happens overnight. Hopefully in 5-10 years our farm will be known for a strong, reliable production of a crop that people and businesses can rely on.

Describe your housing needs

We are looking for a large farmhouse or cluster of houses (2). Of course a living situation can be temporary with adequate space on which to plan to build a new house. Immediately speaking, a 4 BR is needed. Definitely with mother-in-law space. Definitely.

Additional Land Seeker Details

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

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Hay, Herbs, Nursery Stock, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Vegetables

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

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
June 5, 2019

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