Seeking Land Partnership Opportunity


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Land Seeker Description

I am a former small scale farmer (5 acres) and aspiring future farmer looking for opportunities to re-enter the world of local, sustainable agriculture despite not currently having land to farm.


What features of the property are essential?

Pasture (ideally cross-fenced), electricity, hopefully a greenhouse, on site private well, housing necessary for livestock or ability to install.


Describe your farming experience

I predominantly grew up on a small 5 acre hobby farm outside of Lebanon, Oregon. While my parents were very outdoorsy and supportive of local agriculture, they did not have any experience with gardening, raising livestock, or farming generally. When I was around twelve, I was successful in convincing my parents to allow me to join 4-H and start raising “just a couple of hens”. By the time I was in high school, I was caring for five coops of various chickens, ducks, and quail. At that time, I was known around the US as one of a small handful of breeders of a chicken called a Cream Brabanter and had a side hustle selling and shipping fertile hatching eggs around the country and hatched chicks locally. Throughout my high school years, I was actively a part of both 4-H (showing poultry) and FFA (showing sheep). Additionally, at home, I independently raised a small herd of a heritage breed of sheep called St. Croix for both meat at home and selling lambs to other hobby farms. I also had a pair of heritage breed pigs called American Guinea Hogs and raised a litter of piglets up for sale and a couple for meat as well. For about two years, I also had a small herd of miniature Nubian and Lamancha goats that were raised primarily for clearing out invasive weeds and other brush.

Beyond my experiences at my family’s former small farm, I was also fortunate in that my grandmother remarried to a rancher in Montana. I spent every summer from 6th grade on at the two thousand acre cattle ranch in Montana. There, I was able to experience gardening on a much larger scale as well as gain experience working with more livestock like donkeys, horses, and cattle which I had not previously worked with as much. My mother and grandmother were both big on preserving food through canning and freezing; through assisting with that process every growing season, I was instilled with a curiosity in the various methods of food preservation.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

I hope to establish a market garden initially to introduce myself into the community through either farmers markets or a CSA structure. As infrastructure comes into place and I become familiar with the land I hope to start pursuing small breeding programs of heritage breed livestock. Livestock would be eventually used in a mixed-species rotational grazing program to help regenerate soil quality and maximize acreage. Livestock can be sold as breeding stock to others as well as high-quality meat locally. As times goes on other revenue streams can be explored such as adding an apiary, mushrooms, additional livestock species, greenhouse/plant starts, etc.


What are your long term goals

Running a small farm with diversified revenue streams that has a strong relationship with the surrounding community. Fully integrated multi-species livestock rotational grazing program from which breed stock are sold and their meat. Strong presence at farmers markets and the community (potentially CSA) selling meat, eggs, honey, vegetables, mushrooms, etc. The ability to teach skills workshops/day-clinics for people that have historically been excluded from or had difficulty navigating in rural/agricultural spaces and cultivate a positive relationship between them and local agriculture.


Describe your housing needs

Housing space for two adults, two dogs, and two (solely indoor) cats. Wi-fi is a must as my partner must maintain his remote work position.


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

Work with others to focus on our shared vision and goals rather than our differences. I always try to be mindful of being inclusive of groups of people that have not always been the most welcomed in rural agricultural spaces.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Gorge, 5, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area, Neighboring States

Acreage desired:
5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres

Seeking land access by:
August 31, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Bees, Berries, Cattle, Flowers, Herbs, Hogs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables

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

Interested in these growing practices:
Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Season Extension, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
July 22, 2022



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