Seeking 1/2 acre of production, and space for wash/pack/cold storage within an hour of the Eugene area


Land Seeker Description

Hello! My name is Kyle, and my service dog’s name is Kota. For the last 7 years, we have been on an epic journey to find the right landowner that would be willing to let me farm a portion of their land, for the purpose of selling vegetables at market. I have seen, volunteered on, worked for, and otherwise helped on many farms in that time, and have used any spare time to learn from the top market gardeners in the industry, on what practices and systems work most efficiently and profitably.

I am seeking a small plot of land to grow quick growing, biointensive vegetables. The most I’d be able to handle on my own would be 1/2 acre, but I would start on much less than that (likely 1/8 to 1/4 acre), until I have all my systems, weed control, and production dialed in, but for sake of a size requirement, I’d say 1/2 acre would be sufficient. I would also need a cold storage at least 8’×10′, and an area to wash and pack harvested produce.

I would prefer to live on site, and would be fine with a room for the short term; however, I would like to have my own space at some point, if possible. A camper trailer or tiny home would be more than enough room, and if the property owner is in agreement, I can provide myself in due time

I would need water capabilities to run both overhead and drip irrigation, power for the greenhouse, wash/ pack and cold storage

I would ideally like to find someone willing to agree to at least 5 years, but no less than three, as it will likely take 1-2 just to build my customer base and soil biodiversity

What features of the property are essential?

Water capacity for both overhead and drip irrigation, power for greenhouse and wash/ pack station and cold storage. Any season extension and/or outbuldings already on-site would be a bonus, but I plan on eventually building my own infrastructure, so it's not a necessity. I plan on growing with organic practices, but am undecided if it's a necessity to become certified at the small scale in which I'd be producing

Describe your farming experience

I have spent the past seven years wwoof-ing, volunteering, working on various farms ranging from urban to off-grid, from hydroponic to conventional organic, and in my spare time, have educated myself on the best practices and methods of small plot intensive farming. My influences include, but are not limited to: Diego Footer (Permaculture Voices), Curtis Stone (The Urban Farmer), Jean-Martin Fortier (The Market Gardener), Farmer Jesse of No-Till Growers, Josh Sattin (Sattin Hill Farm), Erich Schultz (Steadfast Farm), Ray Tyler (Rose Creek Farms). If you are familiar with any of these farmers, then you'll know the methods and systems I plan on implementing

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

The first year to two years would be developing a customer base and deep understanding of various markets and demands. I would also be bootstrapping and reinvesting into infrastructure for season extension and efficient wash/ pack/ storage, as well as amending and building soil biodiversity. Once I am able to accurately project production and sales numbers year over year, and dialed in the systems I'm implementing, I would then consider taking on additional help to expand from there.

What are your long term goals

Itwould be easier for me to explain face to face, but eventually I would like to develop into somewhat of a worker co-op model, in which the people working alongside me, would have an equity stake in whatever projects they are passionate about. I want to help capable people that don't yet have a hand reaching out to help them pursue a life they enjoy to be a part of

Describe your housing needs

Would prefer to live on site. As it's just myself and my service dog, a room would be sufficient. Or if the property owner is in agreement, I would eventually like to get either a camper trailer or a tiny house, or some other space of my own

What will you do as a farmer to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone on your farm and in your community?

I would be primarily farming as a one person operation. With that being said, I am a very inclusive and welcoming person to those that are in my life. I tend to be a solitary person most of the time, but when the occasion calls to be social, or to sell product at market, I treat everyone with respect and kindness, just like I would want to be treated

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5, South Willamette Valley

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

Seeking land access by:
October 1, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Bees, Berries, Flowers, Herbs, Vegetables

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

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Season Extension, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
July 1, 2022

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