Seeking 1-2 acres in Willamette Valley


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Land Seeker Description

Hello! I am an organic vegetable farmer with 30 years experience intensively growing vegetables and fruits on my large 1/4 acre urban lot in Portland. I am very experienced with no-till, inter-planting and forest farming methods.  I currently own a paper pot planter and all farm gear to now start up my own larger no-till intensive farm. I have three certificates in permaculture design, including a recent urban permaculture design certificate from the internationally acclaimed City Repair of Portland. I am also a recent graduate of Rogue Farm Corps farming internship program, where I farmed for ten months on five acres at an organic farm in Gales Creek, Oregon.

I intend to model my farm after Blue Raven Farm in Oregon, and Singing Frogs Farm in California, both intensive no-till farms with very successful, lucrative farming models. I am seeking to rent 1-2 acres, and intend to sell at farmers markets, CSAs, and also work with restaurants and bakeries. I work with all organic methods and amendments, and need land also farmed organically, though organic certification is not crucial. I do own and use a paper pot planter, which is currently allowed under organic standards.

My farm is called Scout Bee Farm. I am also an expert in raising native Mason Bees. For over two decades I have been raising these bees and bringing them to farmers and orchardists to improve pollination. These bees are absolutely fabulous for bumper crops with blueberries, cherries, peaches, quinces, etc. I am quite willing to share my bees and expertise with any host farmer.

I am looking for 1-2 acres for lease.  I would like a three year lease, ideally, but I am flexible. I would like to farm where I am able to work flexible hours and days with my staff (I will have two part-time staff people helping me) on our no-till plot. We are, and will continue to be, super safe with Covid- washing our hands regularly, wearing masks in any situation where we are near others, and staying physically distanced at 6 feet apart as we work. I am willing to offer free produce as part or full trade for some land, too.

We will be growing organically:  garlic, potatoes, peas, beans, lettuce and other salad greens, chard, kale and other braiding greens, corn, tomatoes, flowers, amaranth, melons, squashes, peppers, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, radishes, beets, kohlrabi, cabbage, yacon, Sunchokes, carrots, blueberries and blackberries.

We will be growing our starts and storing much of our crops in in Portland, where I live, then transporting them to the land. We will need land, and ideally access to a produce washing and pack station at your farm.  Some space in your harvest room would be ideal but is not essential. We are very clean and courteous, and will provide our own crates and tubs.

I am happy to provide many related references. Thank you so much for your consideration!

Cheers,
Jen Davis

Scout Bee Farm

 

 

 

 


What features of the property are essential?

I am looking for organically maintained farmable land- reasonably flat, water access, irrigation structures in place (I will supply my own drip tape), ideally a silty loam but I am very experienced in organic soil remediation. Organic certification not required. I will need access to a produce wash and pack station, and a place to store my tools and other farm gear. I will only be using organic amendments, as well as a paper-pot planter and seeder. I will be using some tarps in the field as well as drip tape but will be very conscientious about water usage and plastic usage. I am interested in experimenting with dry-farming too, I will need flexible hour access to the land for me and my staff. We will be very conscientious about Covid safety measures.


Describe your farming experience

I have seriously studied agriculture for over 30 years. I am a Master Gardener, a longtime no-till forest urban farmer on 1/4 acre lot in Portland, and a native beekeeper, with expertise in raising native Mason bees. I have three certificates in permaculture design, am a graduate if the OSU advanced intensive beekeeping course, and a recent graduate of Rogue Farm corps program, through which I interned for ten months on an organic farm in Gales Creek. I am also a graduate of the UC Berkeley MESA “Agroecological Farming For Climate Resilience” intensive course. I have taught pollinator classes at Zenger Farm, Side Yard Farm, One a Green World Nursery and at many schools throughout Oregon. I am the founder of Bee Friendly Portland, a bee advocacy group helping gardeners, farmers and other support and protect our pollinators.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

I am ready with gear, seeds and staff to start my own farm on 1-2 acres in the Willamette Valley, ideally no more than 3/4 of an hour from Portland, where I live. I will be selling at farmers markets, CSAs and working with restaurants and bakeries. I am a very skilled organic, no-till farmer with over three decades experience growing fantastic food organically.


What are your long term goals

My long term goal is to purchase land for my farm.


Describe your housing needs

I own a home in Portland and do not need housing.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

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

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Flowers, Grain, Nursery Stock, Orchard/Fruit, Vegetables

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

Interested in these growing practices:
Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Dry Farming, Season Extension

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
November 25, 2020



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