Seeking Job or Partnership: <20 acres near Portland


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Land Seeker Description

My name is Isaac and my business partner is Eric. We’ve been organic farmers for almost 5 years, farming in many different terrains and locations. The bulk of our farming education came from when we were living in Costa Rica, working on a 40 acre permaculture farm. I have experience dealing with everything ranging from growing row crops, flowers, herbs, and perennials to soil remediation and strengthening local microbiology to boost general vigor. We would love to discuss some type of arrangement that would work best for both of us. Ideally we are searching for an existing farm that needs assistance or a partnership. We would need some type of housing if available and we also have a medium sized dog whom is very house trained. We’re both very passionate and want to make a visible difference in this world, even if it’s just providing people healthy, affordable, organically grown food. Any type of projects you are working on that you need help with, we would love to assist. We are open to all possibilities. We also both have experience working in kitchens as cooks. My business partner Eric has been head Chef in a few different kitchens on the military base in Fort Knox. We’re looking to start moving as soon as possible so if you believe we can reach an agreement please don’t hesitate to reach out. Have a blessed day.


What features of the property are essential?

Preferably we would like to work with a property that hasn’t used salts or chemicals for their crops in at least the last 3 years but the longer the land has been organic the better. If a farmer is seeking to transition from traditional farming to organic production, we can help with that as well.


Describe your farming experience

We started farming 4 and a half years ago. Initially I moved to a small town in Turrialba, Costa Rica to learn from a group of organic farmers who studied at CATIE. The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) is a regional center dedicated to research and graduate education in agriculture, and the management, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. Its members include Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Venezuela, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the State of Acre in Brazil. For 3 years I worked with these farmers on about 40 acres. I was trained in the maintenance of many areas such as the common rotational crops (peanuts, beets, peppers, melons, potatoes, tomatoes, salad greens, herbs, etc) fruit trees (Mango, papaya, breadfruit, coconut, rose apples, avocado, yucca (tapioca), and many others), and also caring for the animals on the farm. My highest skill set when it comes to organic farming is my knowledge of soil microbiology. I was taught to source indigenous microorganisms from the environment in many different ways, grow the cultures out into vast numbers, and reapply them across the grow beds and property. Doing so consistently, and with the correct microbes for the area, boosts yields, plant immunity, flavor, vigor and much more! I was taught how to make ferments and nutrients for crops solely from what is naturally available on the land. I’ve also been trained in the system of “Korean Natural Farming” which focuses on sourcing local microbiology and ferments as well. I was taught how to make very well balanced compost, focusing on the individual ingredients to create a superior product compared to most commercial composts. I was taught how to create organic and non-harmful pesticides and fungicides for plants. After training in Costa Rica for 3 years, me and my other friend who was working alongside me decided to move back to the United States and begin a farm of our own. For the last 2 years we’ve been farming in a small town called Inyokern near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Because of the desert like conditions, we’ve grown mainly melons and hemp here.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

To be able to sustain ourselves and others in the community with affordable organic produce. Also to spread the knowledge that we’ve attained about the importance of microbiological diversity not only on the farm but all across the world. The fungi and bacteria that dominate our soils are responsible for sequestering over 50% of our carbon production. So not only do we need to “save the trees” we need to understand how to facilitate environments in which the microbiology can diversify itself to the utmost extent.


What are your long term goals

We seek to eventually turn our farming business into an entire holistic company. We would like to specialize not only in selling whole foods, but also things like tea, tinctures, natural lotions and soaps, dried superfood mixes, etc. Living in a country like Costa Rica opened my eyes to many things. One being that a lot of people have no idea about the nutrient composition of what they are eating. When you go deep into a forest or jungle, do you notice how lush and healthy the plants are? Do you see how everything is growing right on top of each other, full of life and vigor? Yet no human is out there up-keeping or feeding these plants. These areas are beaming with Life because the microbiology underneath is flourishing. The soil is covered with decaying debris, which the fungi, bacteria, worms, and other small creatures eat and turn into nutrients for the plants. It’s a complete symbiotic cycle, that doesn’t need tampering in order to maintain itself. I take that same process and apply it to our farm. All of our plants are grown in the same way they would grow in their natural habitat, which produces the highest available nutrient content within them. There are many ways to grow “organically” but we believe the best way is to mimic the plants natural habitat in soil condition/microbiology and environment. In doing so, all of the food and medicine that we harvest from our crops contain higher amounts of vitamins and nutrients that can be up-took through the body compared to most commercial products. We believe that in order to operate at your highest capacity as a human, you must consume food grown in this way. You truly are what you eat and food is the first medicine. Our goal is to change the way people look at food and begin to help them understand that the way the food was grown directly affects how it corresponds with your body when eaten. We have been very successful with growing nutritionally potent crops, and we hope to continue this venture on a larger scale eventually.


Describe your housing needs

We would just need a simple place that could house me, my business partner Eric, and our little dog Ares.

Additional Land Seeker Details

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

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

Seeking land access by:
August 19, 2021

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Flowers, Goats, Grain, Herbs, Horses, Mushrooms, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Vegetables, Vineyard, Other

Interested in these business arrangements:
Partnership, Other

Interested in these growing practices:
Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
August 4, 2021



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