Nonprofit looking to farm organic produce to increase food secruity in Tillamook County.


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Land Seeker Description

My name is Alaya and I’m the founder of Vital Vessel Project, a nonprofit created to help bring wellness to the people, regardless of background or income. I believe wellness is a human right, not something you should have to be wealthy to achieve. It is important to me to provide opportunities for community access to good quality nutrition, with equity. As a part of the nonprofit, we were in the process of starting Wheeler Micro Farm (in Wheeler, OR) on land we were told was ours when we bought our property last year. We just found out the boundary map we received with our deed was inaccurate, and we do not actually own the land we were about to start farming. We have received a grant from TPUD for greenhouse and farm stand construction, and have purchased our greenhouse and all of our seeds. We’ve also applied to Manzanita Farmers Market as a nonprofit vendor. The community is very much behind our mission and vision, and we have several people willing to help. We are so hoping to find someone willing to help us achieve this vision, with the right piece of land. This project is my heart, as an holistic nutritionist, chef and Ayurvedic Practitioner I am dedicated to bringing affordable, accessible organic food to my community; to anyone who wants or needs it. We can work with a small space of land, an acre is fine, but would be happy to cultivate more than that if it’s available. We really just want to provide a service for our community members.


What features of the property are essential?

Access to water is necessary. Organic or certified organic is a plus, but we can also work on that if it's not in place. Tillamook County.


Describe your farming experience

We are beginning farmers but experienced organic gardeners.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

Short term plans would be to grow enough produce to set up a farm stand and sell affordable organic produce in our community, and also have enough to be a part of farmer's market. As a chef I also provide meal prep, and would like to use produce that we grow on our farm in my meal prep offerings, as well as for my family.


What are your long term goals

We'd like to be a successful small organic farm, whose mission is funded by grants. We want to bring wellness to the community by providing access to affordable and free produce to those who need it. We'd love to provide larger scale food + fresh cut flower production, as well as the opportunity to sell to local stores and restaurants. Part of our vision, as a nonprofit, is to provide education to the community on how to farm in their own backyards, so that access to healthy food becomes even more immediate. As we grow, we'd like to mentor and help others to grow. As a chef I also envision farm-to-table dinners as a regular part of what we offer. Those would be enjoyable moments for all involved, and good for small-scale fundraising for Vital Vessel.


Describe your housing needs

No housing needed. Will need space to build a 12 x 24 foot greenhouse. Bonus if the land is already permitted for a greenhouse!

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Coastal

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

Seeking land access by:
May 1, 2021

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Berries, Flowers, Nursery Stock, Orchard/Fruit, Vegetables

Interested in these business arrangements:
Sale of Land, Lease-to-own, Lease with option to purchase, Lease for cash, 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:
April 23, 2021



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