Seeking 5 acres for creative lease in Portland Metro or Beyond


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Land Seeker Description

My name is Michelle Week
Pro-nouns: She/Her/Hers

I am a returning first generation farmer. My great grandfather was a Rancher in North Dakota. My Grandfather Week ventured west to the Idaho Panhandle and had a successful logging career in which my father is still a participant. My Grandmother Mills resides in Coeur d’Alene, happily retired now. She is the maternal source of my Sinixt, Arrow Lakes, lineage by way of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

I wasn’t told that farming was a career pathway, although I always had an affinity to be outside rain or shine and tending to the little plants that become food. Once I realized that I could be outside, working my mind and body I don’t think any other job could make me as happy. It’s hard work, and long hours, but stewarding the land, decolonizing diets, connecting with my ancestry’s cultural traditions and feeding people is my way of helping restore our community’s food sovereignty. I am excited to be a member of the next generation of farmers and excited to build a cooperative business that helps build and support the cooperative and solidarity economies for a more just and healthy future for my community. www.goodrainfarm.com

I am looking for a minimum 3 year lease on a parcel of land on which I am able to farm sustainability, holistically and organically. I may not become certified as that costs more than I am willing to pay and requires more paper work than I would like to fill out. I would appreciate being able to host volunteers, Interns and work parties as well as farm tours. This could mean upwards of 40-60 people on a Saturday or Sunday out on the farm once or twice a year. Transparency is important to me and being able to welcome CSA members to the farm is the most authentic action I can take to offer folks a chance to see where their food comes from. Currently I typically arrive to the farm between 7-8am and leave by 6-7pm, Monday through Friday and pop by within those same hours for simple rounds and chores on Sat and Sun and I continue to work a 2nd job. Dedicated parking and free flow access to the land is a must. My two miniature donkeys should be welcomed as well as my chicken flock located in chicken tractors and my meat rabbits. I am happy to maintain and care for any fruit trees and shrubs currently located on the farm or such plants should the landlord wish to have apples, cherries, pears, blueberries on the land and is willing to buy the young plants. Given the nature of such long lived fruit plants I cannot invest money in a crop that cannot relocate with me. I have a non-binding lease drafted up that I am happy to share and discuss after an initial interview and visit of the land.


What features of the property are essential?

Water Rights, ability to build or locate structures to house BCS walk behind tractor, animal tack, tools and supplies. Electricity is very necessary for any irrigation pump, propagation house operation, battery charging, livestock water heating in the winter, etc. Access to a restroom or a bathroom arrangement is necessary.


Describe your farming experience

She graduated from Clark Community College in Vancouver, Wa. and continued her education at The Evergreen State College obtaining a B.A. in Cultural Ecology, or the Study of Place. She also holds a Certificate in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Oregon, a Cert. in Cooperative Business Development from CooperationWorks! And has recently completed a full season (7.5 month) Farm Apprenticeship at Zenger Farm, a “urban farm that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all.” She’s been an outdoor field educator with REI for 4+ years through which she has had the opportunity to help develop curriculum, attend professional development training, experience in educating groups of people with a variety of different learning styles and ensuring that all are able to absorb and achieve the learning objects of the various classes.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

Continue to grow and develop my farm business as both my partner and i search for home and land of our own and define our careers (mine in agriculture).


What are your long term goals

I would like to be managing a successful and established farm that is a welcoming place encouraging young farmers and bringing consumers closer to where their food is grown and by whom. I've already made such great friends through CSA members who started out as friends, I am excited to continue growing, eventually hiring employees and owning and living on the land I will so passionately steward.


Describe your housing needs

No housing needs.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Gorge, 5, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area, Neighboring States

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres

Seeking land access by:
January 1, 2020

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Flowers, Grain, Herbs, Horses, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
September 5, 2019



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