I am a native Oregonian with deep respect for the sheer amount of work that farming requires. If you’re a farmer considering retirement, consider taking me on and training me for a successor. I have a passion for growing food, manual labor, preserving Oregon’s farm history, and many years of experience in non-farming business. I am looking for an opportunity to learn more about farming with a goal of taking ownership of a farm. I am not asking this for free. I have been working hard and have zero debt and am saving toward a down payment. However most farms are worth much more than a single person can afford to buy without taking out enormous loans. That is why I am asking for flexibility – can we find a creative solution that provides you with the cash you need, a successor to continue your legacy farm, and provides me with mentorship and a place to live, work, produce and sell food, and experiment long term?
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I have a few months of experience working on organic farms in Costa Rica. I have self-taught by reading and testing many organic gardening techniques in a community garden plot I have here in town for the last several years while working to save money for a down payment. I volunteer when I can with local organizations planting trees, weeding, removing invasive plants, and learning to take care of livestock. Through my day job as a scientist at a local biotechnology company I have also gained experience with budgeting, management, supply chain planning, manufacturing, quality control, and more. I know I have a lot to learn. I would love the opportunity to have more structured conventional farm training with a mentor.
Depends heavily on the starting position of the farm, but my early goals would be to build soil fertility, determine the best produce niche for the farm and area, and focus on producing something that can bring in cash right away. If the farm is already doing well my goal would be to learn the current processes and create a growth plan to ensure the farm stays competitive.
I have a dream to create as part of a larger working farm a food forest that serves several purposes: produce a variety of food not normally found in the region to reduce personal grocery expenses and eventually provide additional revenue streams, provide an educational platform to show the community what food forests are, and conduct cutting edge research in the area of forest farming. "Food forests" or "forest farming" used here meaning the creation of low-maintenance, high production multi-species plantings that incorporate trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants mimicking their positions in a traditional ecosystem. I'm also interested in use of nontraditional (robotic) solutions for harvesting and maintenance of both food forests and traditional crops. I'd be interested in proposing these potential projects to local engineering students at OSU once there is an established area for them to test robots in.
Ideally I'd like to live on the property in a house if leasing to own or purchasing and working the farm full time but am flexible if no dwelling is immediately permissible.
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