Seeking Land for Lease Near Forest Grove


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Land Seeker Description

My name is Ryan, and I am a long-time portland area Chef. After working with local area farmers for years, I have been bitten by the green thumb bug myself. What has started as a hobby growing produce has quickly turned into a passion. To say I’m hooked would be an understatement. Last year we transformed our small 1/3 acre lot in Forest Grove into a large garden. I’ve been using that produce at my work in PDX, where I am the Chef. The more time I spend working on this small parcel of land, the more I love it! I’m looking to learn more from local farmers and, ultimately, am looking to lease land and start my farm. I know what the perfect end product looks and tastes like but would like the sage wisdom and guidance of the local community in starting this project.


What features of the property are essential?

Water rights, irrigation structures, greenhouse preferable, tractor
Honestly, though, I don't know. I need guidance from the community.


Describe your farming experience

My farming experience is relatively minimal. However, I have been a Chef for a long time and have a very close relationship with farms in Oregon.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

To start a small-scale direct restaurant farm growing specific heirloom varieties of products such as salsify, cardoons, tomatoes, peppers, etc. I want to shift my focus and career from being a chef to owning my own farm.


What are your long term goals

To make a sustainable and profitable farm growing exquisite produce. Eventually expanding into small-scale meat production such as goats and pigs.


Describe your housing needs

None


What will you do as a farmer to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone on your farm and in your community?

I want to apply the same principles that I have used as a chef.
-Being a good steward to that land.
-Being extremely environmentally conscious.
-Having respect for others and treating others the way I would like to be treated.
-Teaching what I know and learning to pay forward the knowledge bestowed upon me.
-Have an open and welcoming philosophy for partnerships with everyone, trying to create an atmosphere of inclusivity.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Portland Area

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres

Seeking land access by:
October 1, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Goats, Vegetables

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease-to-own, Lease with option to purchase, Lease for cash, Lease for trade

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
August 5, 2022



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