My husband and myself are looking to acquire anywhere from 3-20 acres in or around the Wilsonville area for diversified vegetable farming (CSA, Restaurant sales, Farmer’s Market). We are aiming to grow in an ecologically sound manner, and primarily be a hand-scale/tended operation. If we were able to afford more than we necessitate for our farming operation, we are very much interested in setting land aside into a Land Trust (or another form of agricultural zoning) in hopes of preserving this land for future generations.
House must be livable!
Land must have arable soil with at least 2 flat acres for farming.
Property must have functional well or public water (water rights ideal!).
Outbuildings and covered structures are essential, especially those which are electrified, or could be converted into a wash/pack/refrigerated area. If no structures are available, the ability to build additional structures on site must be allowable per zoning.
Ideally part of the property would have easy access just off of the road and a driveway/parking lot where we could operate a farm stand for our CSA folks and seasonal sales.
I have over 8 years of farm experience, owning my own small farm business, as well as partnering and co-operating a 1.5 acre diversified vegetable CSA farm which also sold to restaurants. Additionally, I have work experience involving: food commodity production and production management for national distribution, marketing, shipping, retail sales, produce sales, restaurant experience, as well as an esthetic licensure. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Ethics and Policy, and my husband and I are exploring options to acquire land in an effort to keep it in farm production, natural areas, or simply preserved with ecological health at the forefront of our plans. My husband has a professional science background and works for the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
We plan to grow diversified vegetables with a focus on salad greens. Initially we plan to market these to a local Farmer’s Market, Restaurants, a 30-person CSA, and to other local CSAs (as supplemental sales for their operation)-- scaling our operation as much as possible within the first 5 years (up to 3 acres in production). Season extension would also be at the forefront of our first few years of growing, aiming to become as much of year-round operation as possible with the construction of several hoophouses.
Eventually, we will aim to build long standing relationships with restaurants and local grocery stores in our area, build our CSA following (50+), and work with local farms to supplement their offerings and build community ties. If we are able to find a large amount of acreage, we would love to set land aside into a land trust for future generations and consider offering on-site farm education or various therapeutic opportunities.
We have a growing family and must relocate for my husband’s work by the Fall of 2023 to the Wilsonville area. We need a move-in ready home with at least 4 bedrooms (preferably 2 bath), and basic utilities.
My goal is to create community by working directly with other local farmers (open to all in our local vicinity) who would benefit from our supplemental produce for their marketing needs. Our teamwork would allow farmers to diversify their offerings while minimizing their input (land, labor, capital), and simultaneously help us build a network of people who care for the land and for their customers. We could also potentially pool our delivery and marketing efforts with the right partnerships.
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