Seeking Lease: 1 – 2 acres near Salem


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Land Seeker Description

I own a very small native plant nursery on an urban lot in Salem and I’m starting to outgrow my space. I’m looking for 1 or 2 acres to grow nursery stock (flowers, shrubs, trees, and grasses all native to the Willamette Valley) for home gardeners and restoration projects. Right now I’m growing plants on a small (~0.25 acre) lot, so really anything larger than that would be great so we can scale. The plants I grow are very bee-friendly and use very little water. I primarily use organic inputs. Only thing I really need is water access, and ideally a partially shaded area for shade-loving plants, although that’s not a deal-breaker. A greenhouse or cold frame is a plus. Most of what I grow right now is in containers, but I’m interested in growing some plants directly in the ground (like bareroot shrubs).


What features of the property are essential?

Access to water, a shaded or wooded area is a plus. Greenhouse or cold frame is a plus.


Describe your farming experience

I've been growing native plants for 3 years, currently working on botanical certifications. My partner grew up on and worked at a dairy farm in Northern CA.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

Immediate goals are just to keep scaling and growing. We've been getting a lot of attention and sales through our website, but we're very limited by a lack of space.


What are your long term goals

I'm interested in growing bareroot stock, more mature trees (right now I can't grow or sell a lot of trees due to lack of space). Over the long term I'm interested in securing contracts with more restoration projects and landscapers and moving beyond just selling to home gardeners. I also have an interest in regenerative agriculture and integrating native grasslands with traditional farming practices to grow food.


Describe your housing needs

I own a house in Salem and don't require any housing.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley

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

Seeking land access by:
April 7, 2021

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Flowers, Nursery Stock, Other

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

Interested in these growing practices:
Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Conventional

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
April 8, 2021



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