Organic flower grower looking to expand next season


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Land Seeker Description

I have a backyard flower growing operation and would like to expand to around 1 acre next year and eventually up to 5-10 acres of my own land. I have a strong passion for growing and providing local, organic flowers as an alternative to flowers flown half way around the world.


What features of the property are essential?

Water rights and irrigation infrastructure are absolutely essential.. sandy and/or loamy soil are preferred. It would also be preferred to have a large shed or a barn to store equipment and start seeds.


Describe your farming experience

I have no formal farming experience, but I have a PhD in physical chemistry and a strong appetite for learning. I'm currently employed in the tech sector and spend around 20 hours per week pursuing cut flower cultivation, both physically growing flowers and educating myself on the best known methods


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

Short-term my goals are to grow flowers and greenery for fresh and dried arrangements to be sold at area farmers markets. I also am working on growing my wedding and event portfolio to increase revenue and support.


What are your long term goals

Long-term we'd like to purchase our own 5-10 acre farm to grow cut flowers and homestead.


Describe your housing needs

I do not need housing. I own a home with my spouse in south Troutdale.


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

Flowers have the power to bring joy, evoke memories, and brighten the darkest times and spaces. Just like fresh food, fresh flowers shouldn't be the privilege of the wealthy. I would seek out markets in underserved neighborhoods and price my market bouquets on a sliding scale based on neighborhood income. Eventually, I would like to serve as a mentor to florist-farmers and select underserved mentees

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Gorge, Portland Area

Acreage desired:
Less than 1 acre, 1 - 5 acres

Seeking land access by:
September 1, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Flowers

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease for cash, Lease for trade, Partnership

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified, Season Extension

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
March 2, 2022



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