I am a graduate of Macalester College with a degree in geology and my first exposure to agriculture took place as part of a project on cold weather grapes developed by scientists for use by vineyards in Minnesota. That experience led me after graduation to several internships and jobs in the wine industry spanning vineyard management, wine making, and wine marketing. I am looking for a situation where I can work aside a mentor to learn hands-on farming, and I am willing to lease land to facilitate this experience. I consider myself a scientist by training and believe my experience applying scientific methodology can give me a unique view on farm techniques and processes. I am a passionate people person and hard worker who loves to learn from others and who loves to be outside!
It would be important to me to have information on the soil type, water access, and what kind of farming has been done up until now.
My farming experience took place as part of my wine work in Napa, California and Hillsboro, Oregon. In Napa I interned for a vineyard management company, where my job was largely agricultural -- I helped tend to and manage grape vines prior to harvest. I trimmed and arranged the vines for optimal growth, and also took soil samples and leaf cuttings and analyzed them in the lab to monitor Ph levels, Brix levels, and identified and monitored pests or parasites. I used farm equipment extensively (ATVs, tractors, and so on). In Hillsboro I did similar work working for a winemaker (in addition to getting exposed to other parts of winemaking). I did not do any planting of the products but did regularly tend to a small garden of vegetables and fruit that grew on the vineyard
My short term goals mainly revolve around learning as much as possible about the land I am farming. I would like to find out if the land is optimal for growing grapes, and what varietals will work best with the soil type and climate. I would love to be able to learn from the owner of the land, especially concerning the problems that a farmer in Oregon might face and how to overcome these obstacles through risk management and best practices.
My long term goal is to create a sustainable, dry farmed and certified organic small vineyard and winery.
I currently have an apartment in Portland, so if I am able to find land within an hour’s drive I won’t need a place to live. However, if the land is located farther from Portland I would want to either have a place to stay or an area to put a trailer or a tiny house.
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