Seeking home and land to create educational holistic healing sanctuary. 1-?, depending on cost. Herbs, Orchards, and garden spaces a must. USDA Ag loan or Owner Financing possible.


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Land Seeker Description

Aloha,

I am a gardener, acupuncturist, herbalist, artist, writer, and teacher seeking a place to create an Educational Ethnobotanical Healing Sanctuary. I am looking to create an experience where people come to receive healing and time to meander the property connecting with nature. My intention is to grow gardens for cottage industry goods and a cash crop for culinary or medicinal purposes. I’d like to offer classes and continue to grow in community outreach. I am seeking a space where I am able to live and work from the property and provide additional housing for an onsite handyperson or guests. The ideal property would be organic (certification a bonus, but not required), practicing permaculture or biodynamic practices, already has gardens, irrigation, housing, and some infrastructure in place. I’m open to taking over an already established business such as a lavender farm, cut flower farm, small nursery, or medicinal plant farm.

I currently live on Maui, Hawaii. I’m looking for the right place to steward, so I am open to the location. I lived in Washington state for 13 years and had a thriving healing practice in Snohomish, WA where I was essentially building this vision. I didn’t own the land and that was the problem. I’m open to researching and exploring possibilities from afar, with the intention of visiting once it makes valid sense to do so.

I’m seeking a community in need of holistic healers in the region. A place that would see what I offer as an asset to the demographic region. I’m seeking neighbors who value sustainable practices with a community mentality of helping each other, trading goods and sharing in rural life.

I have my Masters in Plant and Soil Science with an emphasis on medicinal plant research and my Master’s in East Asian Medicine and Taoist Philosophy. My greatest career moments have been field research in the Amazon, designing a medicinal plant conservatory, teaching college biology, and building my healing practice Shen Sanctuary. My intention is to weave my skillsets to help create a healing experience where one learns to re-establish their connection to the land. Please see my website to learn more about what I offer  www.SaharaSun.co

If what I wish to create sounds like a fit for your property I would love to hear from you. I am ready to begin this chapter!!

Thank you so much and good luck in your endeavors,

Sahara


What features of the property are essential?

A home for me to live in. Water rights, access to well or spring. Water catchment and irrigation in place would be a bonus. Outbuildings for processing, propagating, and storage. Organic usage but certification not required. Growable area for cash crop, medicine wheel garden and potential food forest (if there is wooded area).
Ideally, there would be a lake or stream to swim. In my search for properties there are so many variances that could work and not work. Established garden spaces would be ideal. Extra areas to create treatments rooms for healing practice.


Describe your farming experience

I have a lot of farming experience, especially in culinary and medicinal herbs. I've build and designed a medicinal plant conservatory and grew a two-acre field of Echinacea from seed to harvest, drying, and extraction for my Master's thesis. I have limited experience in cash crops and sales. My family has a farm and growing up, we produced food for the extended family. We didn't sell any, but rather shared its bounty and traded it for other goods.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

Short term goals are to establish a healing practice from my home, while creating a medicinal plant garden to be used for the apothecary, making herbal medicines, salves, teas, and dried herbs. My hope is to establish the gardens to be utilized to sell other cottage goods.


What are your long term goals

My long term dream is to create this property to be fully sustainable, generating a passive income from classes and cottage goods. I'm hoping to collaborate with local universities for garden internships as well as potentially a field trip experience for local schools. My interest is to create a place where people come to learn about how fascinating and useful it is to be connected to the land for healing, health, and self-empowerment. In ten years, I'm hoping this to be a thriving space shared by many. The exciting part of the long term goals is that I wish to create an outdoor kitchen, learning classroom, which converts into a farm-to-table experience. I'd like to expand the retail experience and continue to bring community together in a new way to inspire a different way to show up in this crazy world.


Describe your housing needs

My ideal home would be off-grid, solar, with a well or spring water source. I'm most interested in the water source, other things can be adjusted. Building is not my forte, so I'd prefer to have housing with the potential to create garden beds and a cash crop. I am able to do the garden, and would have to hire out any building. So, my ideal is a 2 -3 bedroom home with other rooms/office/finished basement. A mother-in-law would be an asset as additional rental income or converting to a retail space.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Central, Coastal, Eastern, Gorge, 5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area, Southern, Neighboring States

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

Seeking land access by:
December 1, 2020

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Bees, Berries, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Herbs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Vegetables, Vineyard, Other

Interested in these business arrangements:
Sale of Land, Lease-to-own, Other

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
September 27, 2020



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