Seeking Creative Financing or Lease for Biodiverse Organic Farming; Deschutes or Jefferson County


Land Seeker Description

We are a 501(c)(3) called SriPonya ( seeking to recover individual and collective wholeness and balance.  Our board is a diverse team of amazing human beings who have come together for collective healing and recovery.  We believe that collective healing begins with our food systems, and working in natural rhythm with Mother Earth.  We desire a farm for healing the land and one another in the process.

We believe wholeheartedly in regenerative farming.  We plan to be a full-diet farm with dozens of varieties of certified organic vegetables, herbs, berries, flowers, pork, chicken, eggs, turkey, beef, and grains on acreage. SriPonya Farms plans to be a particularly diverse farm, with accompanying recovery programs, on a mission to promote widespread regenerative farming and recovery for individuals and a safe place for healing.

Our agricultural practice will be rooted in a regenerative model that enriches the soil for the growth of heirloom vegetables and heritage breeds that are adapted to our harsh high desert climate. We also plan to have a passive four-season greenhouse for winter and early starts and twelve larger season-extending hoop houses or high tunnels.  We plan to be certified organic and use only sustainable practices, with no chemical pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides.

We plan to feed our plants with compost and organic soil amendments.  We plan to promote biodiversity by growing many types of crops, planting hedgerows providing habitat for beneficial insects.  We plan to only intervene with natural methods when absolutely necessary, and never with commercial pesticides.  We are dedicated to being good stewards of our land.

What features of the property are essential?

Water rights, on-site sewer, on-site private well, irrigation structures, barn structures, land that can be certified organic, electricity, soil that would work to convert from a mono-crop to organic, biodiverse farming.

Describe your farming experience

We are a collective so some members of the collective have experience. Me, Jennifer Eales, as the Executive Director, do not have any experience, except for watching "The Biggest Little Farm" and having a garden when I was a child. We have a team of individuals that do have some experience.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

We want to be a full-diet farm with dozens of varieties of certified organic vegetables, herbs, berries, flowers, pork, chicken, eggs, turkey, beef, and grains. We want to be a particularly diverse farm, with accompanying recovery programs for BIPoC, LGBTQ+ and other historically marginalized peoples, on a mission to promote widespread regenerative farming, recovery and community.
We plan to work with expert consultants who can help guide us in our first year of farming. We expect the first season will be spent growing cover crops.
We plan to assemble a team of people who have been historically marginalized to work the farm with us and provide recovery programs as part of the farming practices. We will make sure we pay people that work the farm an equal energy exchange for their work, meaning we will pay people well for their time and effort.

What are your long term goals

We desire that the crops we grow are distributed within 50 miles of the farm through CSA programs, local restaurants, and grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and our own Farm Store which we plan to open. We want to provide our community with locally grown food that is good for the people and our land. We want to employ and have training programs for people in recovery, people coming out of incarceration, and other historically marginalized peoples.
We plan to sell our products as follows:
We will offer a ‘community supported agriculture’ membership program to receive seasonal, customizable farm boxes in the spring, summer and fall;
We plan to sell our produce and our vegetables at the Farmer’s Markets in Bend, Redmond, and Warm Springs; and,
We plan to sell our products to other organizations within our sustainable and regenerative ecosystem.

We hope our legacy will leave the land regenerated, with rich soil and diverse offerings, and the land will continue to be stewarded and bless many generations to come.

Describe your housing needs

As much housing as possible as we plan to have recovery programs available for our farming employees as part of the farming practices.

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

We are a nonprofit that is all about recovering through diversity, equity and inclusion. Not only do farms flourish with biodiversity, but our community and people flourish through biodiversity. Our board is a very diverse board. We serve the people of the tribes of Warm Spring through our sports agility program. We want to offer recovery programs and sober living on the farm through our farm programs. Our nonprofit is a diverse collective that aims to serve the people who have been historically marginalized.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:

Acreage desired:
5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres, 21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
June 22, 2023

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Goats, Grain, Herbs, Poultry, Sheep, Vegetables

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
April 6, 2023

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