Seeking Creative Solution (partnership, lease): 5+ Acres in Willamette Valley


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Land Seeker Description

I am a 33 year-old female who has always had an interest in farming. In my younger days, I lived on a farm in northern California for 8 years where we raised diary goats, chickens, geese, sheep, pigs, rabbits, and had horses. I was primary caregiver for the goats, but I tended the other animals as well. We processed the milk and sold it for animal consumption as well as to neighbors. I am passionate about growing food and have successfully grown kale, spinach, lettuces, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic. I enjoy vermiculture and currently have a small but hale composting worm colony. Having earned a bachelor degree in Biology with an emphasis on Ecology, I have a deep appreciation for the manner in which natural systems function in harmony with one another. Respect for the land and its cyclical rhythms is something I value. I am interesting in applying permaculture principles on a sustainable farm, including intentional design and maximization of the potential of each zone within a property. My study of permaculture techniques has revealed that there are numerous approaches to farming which optimize output while gradually reducing the required time, energy, and financial inputs. Initially, I am interested in self-sufficiency in gardening and providing food for myself and my partner, and I want to return to daily living on a farm. As I succeed in meeting this goal, and I am interested in expanding and exploring the various options for marketing excess yield and planting for business income. There are many trees and plants I am interested in propagating: nut trees, pawpaws, and all food crops. Gaining knowledge from what has worked (or not worked) on an existing farm, hands-on learning, and developing new skills are goals of mine. I would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you about your goals for your land and discovering the mutuality of our ideas.


What features of the property are essential?

Workshop or barn, space for annual garden, some open pasture, space for planting fruit/nut trees and other perennials of interest.
Adequate ground water; very interested in water catchment systems, deep mulch methods, and maintaining existing water table to minimize irrigation in the summer.
Preferred: greenhouse


Describe your farming experience

8+ years of animal husbandry and care; home gardens, composting, 8+ years working farmers markets working with small family farm.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

Move out to farm; work part-time on farm while maintaining off-site jobs. Eventually work mostly/fully on farm.


What are your long term goals

We would like to ideally work with an existing landholder who is interested in mentoring and working with us to improve land and cultivate crops and animals. We both currently will have off-farm jobs in town that will require some commute and travel, but can work part time on the farm. We have the means to pay for housing and incidentals. The goal is for one of us to maintain part-time work off the farm while the other transitions to predominantly working on the farm. We would eventually like to be land owners or partners in a shared farm.


Describe your housing needs

Permanent/semi-permanent housing for my partner, me, and our two cats. Running water, heat source, electricity, septic or composting toilet.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres, 21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
November 15, 2019

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Bees, Berries, Dairy, Goats, Herbs, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Vegetables

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease-to-own, Lease with option to purchase, Partnership, Other

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
November 18, 2019



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