Looking for a roughly 6 month rent/lease in Southern Oregon to create a seed bank of heirloom miniature popcorn.
The variety came into my family from the Sac Fox tribe in Iowa and was cultivated by my great uncle for years. I have a small bag of the original seed stock and want to plant what I have to grow my seed bank in hopes of starting a small business off of the variety in the next couple years. I would be willing to work on overwintering a cover crop for next year if need be. It’s important that any neighbors would be willing to help by respectfully abstaining from growing corn for the 2021 growing season to preserve the integrity of these heirloom genetics. Corn varieties are very sensitive to cross pollination, even up to a mile away. I would be willing to do outreach and compensate for the kindness, but if there are any dedicated corn farms nearby I’d have to pass or do some research before planting.
I don’t know what kind of tilling I’ll need to do. I am fond of simple hand tool farming, and don’t need much space. I might just go in with shovels, but it depends. Hiring out for tilling or using some light machinery might be a better option, just some thoughts.
While this is my main project, I have other agricultural ambitions including hybridizing a variety of drought / frost resistant dent corn that can serve as a reliable staple crop for homesteads in the arid mountain west, and *dreaming* of naturalizing a variety of green tea that can grow in the northwest. I’m inspired by Rhodale’s vision and the traditions of the Hopi tribe to create sustainable, cyclical, simple subsistence practices that strike harmony and balance between unobtrusive agricultural, permaculture, and wild nature stewardship. I have an interest in history and social philosophy as well, and simply care deeply about the heritage of self reliance and nature-centered community in the western states, and in the long term would like to make humble contributions to a sustainable future.
Some irrigation, loam, uncontaminated organic soil, full sun. Barn space and tilling equipment ideal but not essential. Dogs allowed.
About 7 years experience in the hemp industry as a laborer / harvester. Favored more agricultural operations. Spent one year on a historic property in the Siskiyou mountains learning from an extensive library about permaculture, soil health, herbalism, nutrition, and biodynamic farming. Successfully planted 10,000 sq ft of organic heirloom crops, enough to provide staples for about 10 families for a year. Mostly corn, beans, sunflowers, squash, and amaranth, with some limited rows of vegetables and berry bushes. Worked pretty extensively with fruit trees, composting, and wildcrafting.
Also have wild land fire certification, can help with fire control / safety
Grow my seed bank for 1-2 years, and create a planting / harvesting / crop rotation regime for a small local business within 5, and hopefully expand into other projects.
Once established I’d love to devote time to violin, mandolin, and guitar repair and construction. I’m mostly a self employed musician and music is my passion / trade, but a connection to land looks essential for my long term wellbeing and prosperity. I’d like to start a business that connects my heritage and ideals.
Looking to rent. Have been searching with two friends for a 6 month rental through the winter (with Covid lockdown looking likely) but am flexible and low maintenance, happy with off grid or off property. Housing a plus though.
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