Seeking Lease: 0.5 – 5 acres in Lane County for dry farming market production, breeding and research projects


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Land Seeker Description

I’m an independent researcher and farmer dedicated to growing food with less water, using traditional dry farming techniques. In addition to having 2 years of commercial farming experience, I have 6 years of expertise in farming research, with an academic background in soil science, soil management, plant&soil microbiology, and crop breeding. I currently work on grant-funded dry farming field research through Oregon State University Dry Farming Project and the Corvallis-based Dry Farming Institute nonprofit (dryfarming.org). I live in north Eugene, and would like to farm nearby (at least closer than Corvallis!) to save on transportation costs.

I am seeking a plot of land to lease, and potential partnership, to practice dry farming, or minimal-irrigation agriculture for adaptation to hotter, drier climate. The site must have deep soil with low sand content that is suitable site for dry farming, and ideally with access to a tractor or walk-behind for mowing, tilling and weed cultivation. Water rights are optional.

Potential uses of site:

  • Organic, dry farmed corn, dry beans, tomatoes, melon and squash for market – dry farmed produce is often more favorable and longer-storing than irrigated produce
  • Seed contracts for corn, beans, tomatoes, melon and squash (ideally site has decent isolation with low risk of cross-pollination)
  • Grant-funded research projects involving breeding and soil management (e.g. no-till, cover-cropping)

If it’s a good fit, I am interested in building long-term equity such as lease-to-own, or land purchase, either as an individual, or even potentially through the Dry Farming Institute.


What features of the property are essential?

- A full-size or walk-behind tractor with implements
- At least 1/2 acres of flat, fertile, soil with a water holding capacity of 10"+ (I can help you find that info)
- Organically managed or organic-certified
- A barn / shed for temporary food drying and storage
- Good isolation for seed saving


Describe your farming experience

I started a land project with a partner in 2014, on bare land, and developed skills in irrigation, soil prep and management, tractor operation + maintenance, season extension, and harvesting for markets. We sold to Moondogs Farm in 2019, after being overstretched with a new child. For my work, I have been farming on OSU-owned land in various research projects since 2014, working with corn, dry beans, summer and winter squash, melon, potatoes, and alternative grains.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

- Grant-funded breeding and soil management research in dry farming context
- Develop markets for dry farmed produce - focus on dry farmed tomatoes and melons
- Organic seed production of diverse crops; contracts with seed companies


What are your long term goals

- Rent-to-own
- Market farming
- Perennial agriculture / orchard
- Land Purchase, conservancy
- Long-term grant-funded research projects dedicated to adaptation to hotter, drier weather


Describe your housing needs

None. I plan to commute from my family home. I would love for my wife and 3-year old son to have a welcoming place to visit and do farm work.


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

Listening, compassion, and good communication.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
South Willamette Valley

Acreage desired:
Less than 1 acre, 1 - 5 acres

Seeking land access by:
April 1, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Berries, Flowers, Grain, 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, Partnership

Interested in these growing practices:
Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Dry Farming

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
February 28, 2022



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