Seeking a small space to lease and/or work-trade for housing, creative solution: 4+ acres in Linn, Lane, Marion, or Benton County


Land Seeker Description

My partner and I are moving out west to spread some roots around the Willamette valley region, close to Corvallis or Eugene. We are looking for a work share, trading farm work to offset some rent on a property with a pre-existing home. We are happy to live primitively, or not. If a building is not available, we’d be willing to spend time to build a tiny home. We also have dreams of slowly building a creative, small farm business on this land, while also working part time at other jobs. We are both experienced small scale farm hands, having experience in intensive vegetable cultivation, composting, some animal care, and a little construction skill. We are also willing to partner with a farmer, who needs help to develop a space and manage it.

What features of the property are essential?

A space for us to live. Land for growing food. Water for home use and irrigation. Tools for farming small scale (hand tools or otherwise).

Describe your farming experience

I have worked with native plant habitat as a restoration landscaper in Oregon. I have also spent 10 months on a certified organic market farm in North Carolina, working with pigs and attending to all the aspects that running a market farm involves. My partner, Kristin, was a director for the local student run farm in Madison WI for some years while getting her master's in soil science, and has worked extensively as a worker share for CSAs in Wisconsin.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

We would like to establish an experimental plot to grow medicinal herbs that can be processed for tea. We would also like to raise honey bees, a small flower plot, and vegetables to have a small to medium sized CSA (5-15 folks). Our vision would be to have a market stand with bees, teas, and small tea pots (Kristin has experience with pottery). We also would like to have a garden that would sustain ourselves during the summer and provide food for winter canning. We are fluid with our business plans and would be happy to help a farm with it's existing plans.

What are your long term goals

Benefit the farm community that we are apart of, and steward the land in a way that builds the soil food web, pollinator habitat, and usefulness to future farmers.

Describe your housing needs

We would like to have housing at a place we lease. Primitive housing is alright with us. If there is no housing, the situation is right, and the owner of the property wishes, we could build a tiny home on the property, barring that resource are provided, or we are paid for that service. We are also willing to live in a home with roommates.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5, South Willamette Valley

Acreage desired:
Less than 1 acre, 1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres

Seeking land access by:
November 1, 2020

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Flowers, Grain, Herbs, Nursery Stock, Orchard/Fruit, Poultry, Vegetables

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease for cash, Lease for trade, Partnership

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Season Extension

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
September 18, 2020

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