Seeking apple orchards to steward / rehabilitate / manage


?

Land Seeker Description

We are a small cider company who manages a few leased acres of apple orchard with the express purpose of making orchard-specific natural cider. We are interested in working with orchard-owners who need help rehabilitating or maintaining their small orchards within a 30-50 mile radius of Eugene.

We have experience with pruning, thinning, fertility management, and generalized low-chem pest control methods. We are also up-and-coming cider makers with a long history in natural wine making.

If you have an orchard in disrepair or in need of management or consulting, we are interested in connecting with you. Our goal is to collectively nurture healthy trees and orchard ecosystems to produce fruit of exceptional quality which reflects the particular terroir of the site.


What features of the property are essential?

Particular soil type (eg. limestone, clay, silt), certified organic land, land access in general.


Describe your farming experience

We have been farming for ourselves for three years, and farming for other during that time for over five. Most of our work has been with orchards and some annual vegetable production


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

We intend to steadily increase our cider production through management / stewardship of existing orchards over the next 3-5 years. We are interested in transitioning to organic certification and in doing so, begin to potentially involve sales to schools and other institutional or wholesale / restaurant accounts.


What are your long term goals

Along with planting / grafting new orchards to specific cider varieties, we would like to increasingly form partnerships with other apple & pear growers to ensure a robust supply of certified organic fruit from which to increase our cider production and also buoy the value / production of our partners through brokering / collaboratively selling the highest quality fruit to schools, other institutions and other wholesale accounts.


Describe your housing needs

We are both in secure housing in Eugene.


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

Invite people to meet us where they are. Regardless of our differences in backgrounds, we can all break ground together and steward the relationships we have with land and one another

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
South Willamette Valley

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres

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

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
January 31, 2024



To contact a land seeker, you must first create a land listing and have it approved by our staff. Thank you.