Seeking land with home to purchase or lease- Lane County


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Land Seeker Description

Hello,

My husband and I (along with two farm dogs) are looking for a long term lease, lease to own or to purchase land with a home in South or South/East Lane County near Eugene. We are both fully employed, in our late 30’s with a wealth of practical and real world skills. We are looking to put down roots where our deep reverence for land, local food systems and stewardship can be put to good use.

I have been farming sustainably for over 20 years, my official training was in organic and biodynamic agriculture (Emerson College UK, 2009). My focus has been specifically in growing specialty produce in farm direct operations for sales at farmers markets, to restaurants and for CSA programs. I have worked in growing, sales, as well as developing and managing programs for a wide variety of organic farms on both small and large scale operations. I also owned and operated my own vegetable farm for 5 years. Here in Eugene I currently manage 15 acres of certified organic and biodynamic orchards, berry and vegetable gardens with just over a 1/4 acres of that in year round greenhouse production. This past year I was lucky to work directly with Food For Lane County donating all surplus vegetables and fruit.

My husband works for the University of Oregon, has past experience as a carpenter and is an accomplished builder and handy man.

We would like to stay in Lane County and keep our current jobs but would like to find a place where our skills could be used to improve a property with the goal of farming it in an ecologically sound way. I am most passionate about building equitable and secure food systems for the benefit of my community.

If you know of any land that could use a mindful and experienced agricultural tenant or steward to care for and improve it over time, please contact me.

 

 


What features of the property are essential?

Living structure, out buildings, water source, light.


Describe your farming experience

20+ years organic farming organic vegetables, herbs and fruit. Worked directly with multiple certifying bodies to maintain compliance and organic standards such as CCOF, TILTH, USDA Organic and Demeter. Experience in livestock integration.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

I would like to build a large garden and plant an orchard to start. Grow for a small csa program and partner with local chefs to provide specialty produce that is hard to find regionally.


What are your long term goals

Build infrastructure to support a vegetable operation. Produce enough food to support a year round CSA program for 30-100 families.


Describe your housing needs

We are looking for property with a house or an outbuilding that could be converted into a living space.


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

Offer sliding scale options for csa memberships. Work directly with community organizations who focus is on creating and sustaining equitable food access.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
South Willamette Valley

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

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Berries, Flowers, Herbs, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Vegetables

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
February 7, 2022



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