I currently farm on a 1/4 acre in Springfield (www.farmon42nd.com) and am looking to grow my operation. Seeking 0.5 to 2 acres for an intensive market-garden that produces food and beauty to nourish our community, while practicing careful stewardship of the land and its resources. At the smaller acreage scale (0.5 acre) I’m looking at growing veggies, herbs, flowers, small fruits, etc and selling at a neighborhood farm stand and/or farmer’s market, hyper-local CSA and supplying restaurants. On a larger property, I’m interested in more of the same with opportunities for cooperative-farming, community compost, permaculture food forest, etc. The denser the neighborhood, the better as I’d really like the farm to be part of a vibrant walk-able community. I intend to purchase with a USDA Farm Ownership loan and as such have a full business plan that I’m happy to share, and of course will tweak as the right property comes along. Help me grow the urban farming movement in Eugene/Springfield! Also, farm partners are welcome if you’re reading this as a fellow land-seeker.
Land must be relatively ready for farming - low to no slope, fairly open field, and pass a soil test for contamination (since I'm looking pretty urban). Must be within Eugene-Springfield city limits (preferred) or urban growth boundary. If land is to be leased, minimum of 5 year lease required.
In my second year as owner/operator of small urban farm; 5 years management of multi-site urban farm for a nonprofit; many years as farm labor on diversified market gardens.
I'd like to grow a thriving urban farm with multiple entry points for the whole community (as CSA and other types of customers, as work-trade shareholders, as recipients of mutual aid food boxes, etc). I'm open to many kinds of partnership and would love to work with local schools, non-profits, etc.
To showcase the community benefits of vibrant urban farms nestled within high-density residential / commercial neighborhoods and to not require off-farm income.
I own a home in Springfield and will consider a property with housing or not.
I will prioritize creating a safe and welcoming environment for all people through practicing radical community care and meeting people with an open heart and mind.
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