Seeking Lease: 1-5 acres in Northwest/Central OR – First Farm!


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Land Seeker Description

Hello! My name is Eva and I have been involved with organic farming since 2017. I am currently apprenticing full-time in Maine through the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) on a certified organic and horse-powered farm. I have also completed a part-time apprenticeship with a certified organic and biodynamic farm in Colorado. I would love to purchase land, but feel that leasing is a much more financially feasible option for me at this point, especially on the west coast. I am originally from a small town in Central WA and have always wanted to move back to either OR or WA to farm and build a community around local and beautiful food.

 

I am looking for between 1-5 acres of irrigated land with the intent to farm 1/2 acre in the first year. I hope to focus primarily on vegetables, perennial herbs, and some cut flowers. I will be starting off not certified organic, but will use only organic practices and hope to also implement some no-till/minimal-till practices. Because I am starting from scratch, it would be preferable to already have some outbuildings and tools on the property that I could include in the lease agreement. These would include: a greenhouse or high tunnel for seed starting, irrigation on property, a wash station or place where one could be set up, storage place for produce and/or tools, and some basic hand tools. Any established perennials or fruit trees on the property would be a huge bonus.

 

I am happy to share my business plan in further detail.


What features of the property are essential?

Irrigation structures, greenhouse or high tunnel, wash station or place where one could be built.


Describe your farming experience

I have WWOOFed at two farms in Maui and Southern France. I spent the 2019 season working as a part-time apprentice at Aspen Moon Farm in Hygiene, CO (certified organic and biodynamic) and am currently completing a full-time apprenticeship at Tender Soles Farm in Richmond, ME (certified organic and horse-powered). I hope to use no-till or minimal-till practices. Because I am a young farmer looking for my first farm space, I would gladly welcome any mentorship opportunities the owners would be willing to provide.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

That my farm business will provide half of my annual income, build community through a CSA program and attending markets, focus on soil health through sustainable and minimal-tillage practices, grow vegetables/herbs/flowers.


What are your long term goals

To purchase my own piece of farmland, that my farm will be self-sustaining and provide at least 75% of my annual income, focus on making local food accessible, and create long-term healing benefits for the soil health and earth.


Describe your housing needs

On-site housing is needed. I am not picky about the living situation and prefer smaller living spaces (i.e. tiny homes).

Additional Land Seeker Details

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

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres

Seeking land access by:
March 1, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Berries, Flowers, Herbs, Orchard/Fruit, Vegetables

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
June 29, 2021



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