Seeking Land Ownership Transition and/or Opportunities to increase our allotment over time: At least 5 acres in the North Coast Basin


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Land Seeker Description

Hi there,

My name is Adam and I am seeking land with my partner Viktor.  We are passionate about sustainable design, closed-loop nutrient cycling, companion planting, supporting native flora and fauna, and creating delicious, nutrient-dense food.  We are hard working, honest and have clear goals as to how we will make the world a better place through food, agriculture, and sustainable design.  We are ready to take the next step and are looking for a land holder who embraces change and outside of the box thinking.  Are you ready to bring the future of food to your land?

I am a recent graduate from the University of Southern California, where I studied lifespan health in the school of gerontology.  Currently, I am attending Colorado State online as I pursue a Master of Agriculture in Integrated Resource Management.  I live and work in Los Angeles, implementing small-scale regenerative agriculture at schools, churches and food banks around the LA metropolitan area.  I also educate children aged 4-14 on sustainable gardening and healthy eating.

My partner, Viktor, is a graduating physicist from California State University – Northridge, and has passion for sustainable gardening and living.  He uses his knowledge of physics to constantly create innovative and utilitarian solutions.  He has been sustainably gardening since he was a young boy and prides himself in his ability to consistently learn and grow.  Viktor has a deep passion for physics and is really excited to begin taking his skills out of the lab and into the world of agriculture, sustainable living, water-use efficiency, waste repurposing and homesteading.


What features of the property are essential?

Honestly, I don't think any feature is "essential" to us. We are both very grateful for opportunities like that provided by farmlink and are open to taking each option case-by-case.


Describe your farming experience

Viktor and I have been implementing regenerative agriculture techniques in our home garden for years. We practice hot composting, cover cropping, crop rotation, intercropping, multi-level gardening, green manure and native pollinator preservation. We have enjoyed sharing our harvest with many of our friends and family however, we have yet to begin selling our yield.
Recently, I began my job working with the USDA's SNAP-Ed program in California (CalFresh Healthy Living) to bring regenerative agriculture to schools, churches and food banks in the greater LA metropolitan area. I have had the opportunity to work on a small budget to enhance degraded soils and produce yield for a food bank in Inglewood, CA and to facilitate lessons with children about healthy eating. Recently, I began to see earthworms throughout the soil which is really exciting!
Viktor has been gardening sustainably since he was a young boy and living with his grandmother in Slovakia. Despite the fact that he wasn't in charge of the operation there, he learned a lot of the basics of plant and soil care. Since living in Slovakia, he has continued to grow as a sustainable gardener, constantly learning from books and our humble home garden.
Even though we are new to commercial agriculture, we bring a wealth of unique knowledge and experience which could be a huge asset to both existing operations and start-ups.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

Our short term goals for our farm business are to be profitable, for our ecosystem to be more healthy and diverse than how we found it, to create flavorful and nutrient dense food consistently and to establish an operational strategy which works with natural processes to create yield. In our operation, we look to implement techniques of permaculture food forestry integrated with multi-species grazing to create resilient agro-ecologies producing a diverse array of nutrient-dense food requiring low input costs.  In this way, we can provide our local community with healthy and delicious food at an affordable rate.  To begin, we would like to rotationally graze laying hens and begin to create a perennial food forest which works with native ecology. In this way, we can begin to support microbial and fungal populations in the soil and establish consistent organic matter covering our ground and providing sustenance for life in the soil. This seems like a good way to begin our business because we can make consistent money, benefit the soil and keep start-up costs low. Viktor and I have been studying the basics of construction in our free time and we plan to build our own mobile chicken coops, based off of Joel Salatin's design, and a modest home within the first five years of being on the land. Viktor has an extensive knowledge of materials, forces and electromagnetism and we plan to utilize this knowledge build everything sustainably, durably, and at low-cost.


What are your long term goals

Our long-term goals are similar to our short term goals however, a bit more expansive. One day, we will open a local market which provides nutrient dense and sustainably produced food to our community at a low-cost. We will sell raw ingredients, value-added products and meals. Over the last few years, I have been honing my ability to write healthy, seasonal and simple recipes and I look forward to, one day, being able to share these with my local community through our market. We hope that our farm and market will not simply be a producer and supplier, but also a meeting ground for people of diverse backgrounds to come together in support of ecological and human health. We want to reshape the way people perceive the role of humans in nature so that young people can grow up feeling like they can do more than simply reduce the harm they do to the environment. Rather, people can play an integral role in the establishment and maintenance of climate resilient ecologies which simultaneously benefit native species and humanity. Ultimately, we hope to create a network of independent small farms operating with similar strategies and a shared mission so that we can work together to support the specific needs of each of our local communities and ecologies while rivaling the multi-national corporations which destroy our planet and negatively affect human health.
We plan to be very community oriented and hope to be very locally active. We want to provide nutritional, environmental and agricultural education to community members, support vulnerable populations in our area, consistently take input from the community and make sure that our community plays an active role in our business.


Describe your housing needs

We will need housing however, our requirements are very modest. We have a tent and are willing to camp however, to have a place to put our belongings and a bed to sleep in (or a place to bring our bed) would be really ideal for us. We might need food supplementation in the beginning of our agreement while we begin to grow our first crops however, we are very resilient people and will not need much support. Food and bathing will probably present the biggest hurdles in the beginning of our venture. We will, above all, need some sort of access to a way to cook and store some food as well as bathe regularly. Depending on the situation, we would be more than willing to build our own house, in accordance with local building code.

Additional Land Seeker Details

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

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

Seeking land access by:
June 1, 2022

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

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

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:
October 8, 2021



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