Seeking farm land to lease for herb farm in Willamette Valley!


Land Seeker Description

I’m searching for land to start a small-scale medicinal herb farm to grow and sell fresh/dried herbs locally and online. Ideally searching for 3-5 acres, with 3 being the absolute minimum. My goal is to have both annual and perennial herb species, such as calendula, chamomile, elder, yarrow, etc. I’m seeking land in Linn or Benton counties, preferably closer to Lebanon/Corvallis, since I currently live/work here. I’d consider some areas in Polk or Lane counties if they’re within 45 minutes or so. Housing is not necessary, though it is preferred. If no housing is available, ability to park a trailer/tiny house there would be alternative ideal option.

Ideally, land would be mostly open, flat land but I’m open to having some of the land being wooded areas to grow wild simulated herb species and forage. Existing structures (preferred) or ability to add structures (along with power) is/are needed for drying shed, storage, and greenhouse. I would like to eventually be able to certify organic, though I wouldn’t initially. Water rights are essential and fencing/ability to fence land is necessary. Thinking long term, I’d love to find land where I could eventually be able to host community events centered around herbal education and promote a local community.

What features of the property are essential?

-water rights/water access
-structures (or ability to add) and electric access for drying, greenhouse, and storage
-land that has the ability to be certified organic, though not right away
-fencing/ability to fence
-at least 3 acres
-minimum 3 year lease (rolling preferred)

Desired but not essential:
-housing (preferred) or ability to park trailer/tiny house
-wooded areas to forage and wild simulate herbs/mushrooms
-pump and well
-ability to host events and community gatherings long-term

Describe your farming experience

I grew up working outside in the garden and have been familiar with planting things my whole life. I worked at an off-grid lodge in Tennessee a few years ago and began my farming experience there. I helped run a farm-to-table operation where we grew and processed all of our own produce.
I moved to Oregon and enrolled at OSU and took a few quarters of horticulture/permaculture courses and interned at a small homestead farm in Monmouth.
I started my current job in January 2022 and was hired to help start a mushroom farm and manage the farm gardens and assist with grass seed farm operations. The mushroom farm is up and running, as of June 2022.

I’m currently managing the indoor mushroom farm, along with a few different vegetable and herb gardens. None are certified organic but we closely follow organic processes. I also help raise alpacas and meat cows on pastures, along with a flock of free range ducks and chickens. In my time there, I have been working on integrating native and medicinal species throughout the property and implementing restorative processes to support soil systems.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

-Build soil health
-Plant annual and perennial herb species
-Build/retrofit structures for herb processing/storage
-Sell fresh and dried herbs at local markets, stores, and online
-Integrate native species into farm design

What are your long term goals

Supplying local communities with high-quality herbs, creating resilient systems, and creating a mutually beneficial relationship with the land. Eventually, I would like to help educate others on how to build resilient systems and how to use herbal medicine to support their lives.

Describe your housing needs

I don’t need housing initially but I would prefer for it to be an option. I live in Lebanon and am moving to Corvallis in September. I have a lease through February, in which it goes month to month after.

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

I will support everyone in their need to access medicinal herbs at an affordable cost without sacrificing quality. It is essential to me that everyone has equal access to plant medicine and can have the ability to help work on themselves without needing a ton of money to do so.
I would eventually like to provide education to people from all backgrounds on how to grow their own medicines, but see this as a place to start.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:

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

Seeking land access by:
February 15, 2023

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Flowers, Goats, Herbs, Mushrooms, Pasture, Poultry, Sheep, 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, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
August 4, 2023

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