I’m an herbalist and nutritionist (life and health coach), moving to Oregon asap, looking for a creative position that could include housing (either existing or the ability to bring/build a tiny house/yurt/other solution. I’m interested in educating and creating community around living closer to the land in all ways. I’ve participated in raising chickens and rabbits in the past (for home, not community), have limited experience with other livestock but am a fast, confident learner. I come with my 8 yr. old son whom I’ve been homeschooling from the start. I also raised 4 other children (plus 2 step daughters). I am clean (no drugs/smoking/alcohol) and quiet. I am looking for space to grow for self and community, and can readily teach homemaking skills while I myself learn more about permaculture, sustainable practices, animal husbandry, etc.
Water rights + irrigation structures would be ideal for growing/farming plus on-site private well for sustainable livable/personal housing would also be ideal. Electricity (plus wifi) would give the ability to stay connected to the modern community at-large and would be much appreciated but am also highly interested in being completely off-grid. Available/existing outbuildings would be ideal to make start-up easier. Obviously "fertile" soil is best and Oregon has a variety across the state depending on location... I am not interested in land that has never been farmed (or is mainly clay and needs heavy modification/amendments). I would be interested in highly fertile soil that has been used/farmed previously (- of course, understanding that soil plus certain practices (biodynamic) need further and continuous amendments).
I have had little farming experience in the past 10 years (due to mandatory city living), other than backyard gardening. However, I have experience years ago with horses, goats, chickens, community gardening, etc. My focus has been on other teaching (knitting, sewing, baking, preserves, cooking, etc.) that I could do in urban settings combined with homeschooling.
I would like most to mentor from a current farmer, while developing an educational/healing/arts community and center/space of like-minded families. I have been teaching children my entire life and have random "other" life skills, including survival living interests, healing with food and lifestyle practices (no pharmaceutical interventions (except in dire/lifesaving issues)), how to raise the next generation as protectors and stewards of the planet, etc.
Securing/ taking over via lease or purchase of 1+ acres for my own homestead with the goal of community co-ownership/co-op of more space (5-50 +/- acres, with possible co-housing capabilities), focused on sustaining community, while continuing to educate/teach. My goal would be self/family sustainability while focusing on providing/growing a business of sellable animal/vegetable/fiber products -- within community, which could include bartering/trading for work/teaching/other, within small (2-3 family) community and fostering relationships with the greater community (surrounding families/town,etc.)
I am currently looking for housing in areas of Oregon I'm familiar with (Pendleton, Hood River, The Dalles, Klamath Falls, a few other places), but am very OPEN to the entire state (minus the craziness of Portland...). While I've lived minimally before, I am homeschooling and will be creating online/onsite classes for children (and adults) so I come with art supplies, etc. BUT am very willing to again, downsize and live in a tiny home/yurt/other while going with life's ups and downs.
To contact a land seeker, you must first create a land listing and have it approved by our staff. Thank you.