Seeking a small, charming farm property for a community-oriented market garden


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Land Seeker Description

My wife and I are looking to buy a small, charming property to call home and to build out a larger market garden — a place where we can engage the local community, provide the community with fresh, local fruits and vegetables, host people out to the farm for art workshops and farm dinners and small tours, and essentially create a place that we and the local community can enjoy. For our project, 2 – 10 acres is sufficient, but we are open to something slightly bigger if the opportunity presents itself and the price is right. We’ve had several opportunities to purchase in the east, but we’d really like to stay in the west if possible, which would also allow us to remain close to our sons with whom we are very close. Water rights and existing well are needed as we intend to grow and sell a variety of vegetables. Existing house preferred, but we are open to building a new house if the price of the land is right and zoning allows it. Since this will be a farm that invites the community (on a limited scale) to visit and engage in workshops (and potentially UPick), access to the property is important, as well as some charm to the landscape itself that makes it enjoyable for people to visit.


What features of the property are essential?

Water rights + well
Out buildings would be helpful depending on current use and quality
Zoning must allow for a home
Reasonable access to the community for on-site farm stand, pickup, and small agritourism events


Describe your farming experience

Graduated from Purdue Agriculture.
Gardened all my life.
Currently urban farming, supplying friends with vegetables (primarily lettuce and greens).
Worked a little with small farms.
Have visited several small farms, talked about practices, etc.
You can see photos of what we're currently producing on Instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/lafermedesforbes/


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

Start small. Limited market garden.
Identify opportunities to distribute through existing, local channels if possible.
Potential on-farm honor-system vegetable stand.
Hosting on site art workshops/small agritourism events in years 1 and 2.


What are your long term goals

The overall size of the vegetable market garden will remain limited, potentially up to 2 acres.
We may plant other acreage in other types of production, such as UPick berries, lavender, or other perennial crops. Potentially other UPick opportunities.
Honey production interests us and may be part of the overall farm plan.
We would like to eventually employ some part-time help from the local community if the revenue from the farm can sustain it.
Since our goal is community-centric and engaging the community in the farm, a big part of our focus will be on creating an environment the community likes to visit and where we can host limited agritourism events (art workshops, farming workshops, on farm dinners, etc.) as a way to serve the local community and potentially generate other revenue.


Describe your housing needs

Existing home preferred. Open to building one if the land price is right and zoning allows for it.


What will you do as a farmer to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone on your farm and in your community?

Our farm will use limited, small machinery as we intend to create a vegetable market garden. We do not intend to raise animals, and vegetables do not generally bite. Aesthetics will play an important role, since it will be as much a place of enjoyment as it will be a place of food production. Our intention is to create a workshop and outdoor area where we can host people for workshops and other small events. We would like to have an honor system farm stand since our goal is to spend our time enjoying the farm, food, and people as much as possible and spend less time interacting with people on a commercial basis.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Central, 5, South Willamette Valley, Southern, Neighboring States

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres

Seeking land access by:
October 1, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Bees, Herbs, Orchard/Fruit, Vegetables

Interested in these business arrangements:
Sale of Land

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
March 15, 2022



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