I’m looking to start a small medicinal herb farm in Linn county, preferably near Lebanon/Sweet Home/Albany. It would be nice to have the option to grow eventually, but I would like to start on the small side. You can grow a decent amount of herbs in a small space with proper planning! Ideally, I could start on a 2-3 year lease with the option to stay longer term.
I’d love to be able to eventually certify organic, though I won’t do it initially. I will need some sort of structure for herb processing and storage, whether it is already existing or something I need to construct. Though I plan to try to minimize water use, access to water is needed.
I have done several permaculture design courses and plan on integrating regenerative practices throughout the farm. It’s extremely important to me to treat the land with respect and put in to it what it’s giving us.
-water rights and/or water access
-structure for herb drying/storage (having existing one not essential but willingness to have one constructed is essential)
-land that has the ability to be certified organic
-soil that has been taken care of
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 last January and was hired to help start a mushroom farm and manage the property gardens and assist with grass seed farm operations. I don’t do much with the grass seed side of things but have assisted on the side here and there. The mushroom farm is up and running currently.
Initially, I want to focus on growing a few herb perennial and annual species. I want to supply local residents with high-quality medicinal herbs at a reasonable price. Herbs should be affordable for people, yet the quality should not be compromised.
I’d plan to sell at local farmers markets, to local stores for resell, and online via shipping.
I would like to be able to plant herb species that require longer time frames to harvest, such as licorice root and elderberry.
Eventually, I would like to be able to process the herbs further and offer value-added products and herbal supplements.
I don’t need housing initially. I live in Lebanon and have a lease through September. I would consider housing, if available, depending on the situation at the point of needing housing. It’s not necessary, though.
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.
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