Hello, Oregon farmers. My name is Ian, and I’m a longtime organic gardener based in Beaverton. I also work as the assistant manager of one of our local farmer’s markets, where I’m starting to get some insight into the business side of market-scale farming. I’m not looking to take over 100 acres or anything – even a few would be a big jump from what I’ve done before – but I do want to keep learning about food production in ways that I can’t do on my small suburban property. Ideally, I’m looking for 1-3 acres, and I would be looking to use that land to grow market fruits, vegetables and flowers using permaculture design. I’m specifically interested in acre-scale hugelkultur, using logs and scrap wood, along with leaves and other compostable materials, to build raised food rows. I’m such a beginner that I’m sure there’s a lot I don’t even know I don’t know, but I have grown plants from both seed and seedling and I have the will and attitude to make a small plot work. My number one priority is growing food while leaving the soil better than I found it.
Just arable land and sufficient water access. I'd be happy to work with semi-forested land or lower-productivity soil, since one of my goals will be building that for myself (within reason - it can't be an acre of dry caked clay, but it doesn't have to be perfect either.)
Minimal. I have raised organic vegetables in my small garden, but have never farmed, and I realize the differences are more than just scale.
To grow enough food to support a small farmer's market stand, while experimenting with scaling up permaculture gardening methods to a 1+ acre size.
To use the plot as an example of how much food can be grown on small acreage while actively building soil, rather than depleting it, then possibly buying a small plot for myself once I have that experience.
I'm looking for a place I can work while living in my current home in Beaverton. No housing required.
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