Organic / Permaculture Gardener seeking to expand to small acreage


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Land Seeker Description

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.


What features of the property are essential?

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.)


Describe your farming experience

Minimal. I have raised organic vegetables in my small garden, but have never farmed, and I realize the differences are more than just scale.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

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.


What are your long term goals

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.


Describe your housing needs

I'm looking for a place I can work while living in my current home in Beaverton. No housing required.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

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

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Flowers, Herbs, Mushrooms, Orchard/Fruit, Poultry, Vegetables

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

Interested in these growing practices:
Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic

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



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