I’m looking for some land to practice regenerative farming and develop my business. I’d love to sign a lease for at least two years. I’m a very hard-working teacher hoping to transition my career back to farming. I’m very dependable, consistent, thorough, and interested in bringing something new to small-scale farming. I’m hugely committed to working with a triple bottom line and treating farm animals with the utmost respect and care.
-pastured eggs (rare chicken breeds developed with resiliency and not just bred for egg production…also, with multi-colored eggs)
-lavender & medicinal herbs
-summer and winter squash
-a few fiber/soil-building/brush clearing goats (wethers)
Thanks for considering!
Access to water for the animals would be key--but I will try to stick to dry farming of plants as much as possible. I will have mobile structures for animals like layer hens with moveable electric fence. Permission to install wire fences and/or build my own structures like coops will be essential. I can work with most soil types--a varied landscape is always preferred. Permission to add compost pile and mulch to the land as well is essential. Land that has not previously had pesticides is preferred. Electricity would be lovely!
I have farmed most livestock, installed, maintained and harvested lavender farms, cared for many fruit trees, volunteered with Portland Fruit Tree Project, volunteered with Farm animal sanctuaries, worked at Farm Sanctuary in Orland, CA. I'm currently working with some permaculture methods on my own property and hope to maximize my house's production and expand to the neighboring lot. I also keep chickens as pets and for eggs at my house.
I would like to increase the quantity my pastured egg layers, build more mobile units to support increased production and get efficient in the business.
Within the first year I will have a market garden that will expand each year.
Everything will develop incrementally, so I can't say yet if I would be able to expand past these two enterprises. I would really like to rotate grazing of goats with chickens--but at the start the goats are not a requirement.
By my sixth year, I'd like to be farming 100% of the time. My first few years, I will need to supplement my income and stay very small scale with incremental growth on the pastured eggs.
I don't currently have housing needs. I own my house on a small lot in NE Portland. I want to be able to drive to the farm land each day, 7 days a week--so no more than 40 minutes from Portland.
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