Hi, I’m seeking a long-term site to develop a nursery that specializes in perennial nut, fruit, berry, and herbaceous plants and to establish a demonstration food forest site consisting of many fruit and nut tree guilds with a focus on pest/disease resistant crops, especially chestnut, hardy pecan, paw paw, and medlar (among many others). This would likely be in conjunction with Portland Food Forest Initiative, a non-profit I started whose goal is to install food forests/forest gardens, build community, and educate the public.
I have some organic farming experience, a fair amount of gardening experience, and a PDC from OSU.
Access to water, unpolluted soil, storage for tools.
I've worked on several organic farms over the years, but am not interested in doing a market garden in a conventional sense.
Establish a nursery using air pruning boxes for tree nut seedlings and beds for herbaceous food and medicine plants. Establish a productive agroforestry system, using aisles for annuals to cash flow the longer-maturing systems. Save seeds of food and medicine plants for sale.
Use the established forest garden as a demonstration site to educate the public and promote regenerative agriculture and remediation of lawns with food forests. I hope to be selling zone appropriate tree nut seedlings on a large scale and to provide access to perennial foods which are otherwise unknown to most Oregonians.
I live in Portland and don't necessarily need housing.
A large part of this project is to develop relationships within the community that are inclusive. Regenerative agriculture is anti-colonial, and pro-social.
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