Partnership (or Lease to Own) in Restoration Agriculture


Land Seeker Description

Born and raised in the rural midwest.  The immediate family of my parent’s generation was mostly in construction but the generation before were mostly farmers.  Not knowing what to do or where to go after high school, I opted for a degree in biology, specifically freshwater ecology, something that always held my interest and as such was ‘easy’.  After a stint in the mountains, I spent the better part of a decade running the manufacturing branch of an advanced composites company.  As often happens, the birth of my first child… changed my outlook.  What do we want to leave the next generation?  In my world view farming or some derivative thereof, stands at the nexus of all my interests and what the future needs.  I’m looking for land that needs help… broken, neglected, or just worn out.  Or for a farmer that wants to make sure that their farm and legacy will continue for another generation.  As every piece of land and every farmer has a unique context, exactly how the relationship develops will also be unique.  If I had to narrow it down… a silvopasture system similar to that of Mark Shephard (Restoration Agriculture).  Perennials (orchard, vineyard, nuts, berries) with animals as partners in land management.

What features of the property are essential?

None. Limitation is the seed of creativity. Every piece of land contains opportunity.

Describe your farming experience

Very Little. Raised a couple hundred chickens per year as a youngster. Volunteered in a market garden for a season. Gardener whenever possible.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

Create an ecologically responsible cash flow business that will enable further growth and positive impact.

What are your long term goals

Create an agritourism business as a demonstration site, showcasing the possibilities of working with nature, a thriving ecosystem that produces a multitude of products for its stewards.

Describe your housing needs

Depends on location. Being a contractor and home builder I can renovate or create my housing.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Central, Coastal, Gorge, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

Acreage desired:
5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres, 21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
December 1, 2020

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Berries, Cattle, Herbs, Hogs, Mushrooms, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Vineyard

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, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
November 5, 2020

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