Seeking Land with Small Home in Western Oregon


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Land Seeker Description

I am thirty-something woman looking to buy land/farm/ranch/homestead (through cash or owner financing), or have a current farmer be willing to mentor me to take over his/her farm so long as it meant I had somewhere to live. If this is a mentorship, then I would expect to gain some ownership of the land as part of the deal. Having an experienced farmer mentor me and be willing to give me the farm in order to “keep it in the family” would be an amazing opportunity.

Who am I? Well, I am a strong and hardworking person with experience in growing berries, tomatoes, squash, and just about any other produce out there. I grew up in the California Central Valley where I learned to work cherry trees. Agriculture has been a part of my life for a long time. I attended UC Davis and learned a lot about permaculture and small-scale farming there; although I ended up with a degree in nutrition. During my time there, I took a lot of physical labor classes where I learned to use machinery, saws, hand tools, a plasma cutter, and more. I can also weld a little bit. I consider myself to be a fast learner and can handle just about any task. Even if you farm something I don’t have experience with, I can assure you I will learn it fast and do it right. I do not have extensive experience with livestock , but again, am a quick learner and will do whatever it takes.

I should mention that I have a daughter who is 10. She is homeschooled and very well behaved. In fact, farming would be the perfect opportunity for her to learn some new skills. She is my family. This doesn’t impact my ability to work — our education schedule could change to reflect the work I need to do.

 

If you have land but no mentorship opportunity, that’s fine too. I need land, preferably a couple of acres. I can do cash up to a point and can also do owner financing. I own a small business and have found that despite my excellent financial status and credit, lenders are hesitant to “give” me a mortgage. Thus, I am stuck with cash or owner financing…or some other creative solution (like work/trade). I would prefer to have living quarters on the property given the difficulty of building a house/cabin on land. Even if it is a fixer, I am able to do that type of work. I just need someone kind out there willing to sell me their land without trying to ask for far more than it’s worth.

 


What features of the property are essential?

Ideally, there would be a small house/cabin on the property with septic, well, electric, water rights, several outbuildings, and a combination of woods and pasture to work with.


Describe your farming experience

I have experience in growing fruit trees, berries, tomatoes, vegetables, and herbs. I grew up in the California Central Valley where I learned to work cherry trees. I attended UC Davis and learned a lot about permaculture and small-scale farming there; although I ended up with a degree in nutrition. During my time there, I took a lot of physical labor classes where I learned to use machinery, saws, hand tools, a plasma cutter, and more. I can also weld a little bit. I do not have extensive experience with livestock-- I've been around horses, cows, and goats, so I am comfortable around them, but I don't have "farm" experience with them.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

In the first five years, I would like to learn the pros/cons of the land, develop a plan for the crops I plan to grow, and execute a farm-to-market business plan.


What are your long term goals

Ultimately, I would envision adding other crops depending on the size of the land. Eventually, I would want to add bees onto the property if it is viable. If this is a mentorship, then I imagine by this time, I would be able to manage the farm by myself and allow the original farmer to sit back and relax a little bit.

If it is my own land, the during this time I would scale up. If there is space, I would build a little farm store to bring people out to the farm.


Describe your housing needs

I need housing. Living on the land would be the smart move.

Additional Land Seeker Details

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

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

Seeking land access by:
May 31, 2020

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Cattle, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Goats, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Hogs, Horses, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables, Vineyard, Other

Interested in these business arrangements:


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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
May 27, 2020



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