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.
Irrigation structures, greenhouse or high tunnel, wash station or place where one could be built.
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.
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.
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.
On-site housing is needed. I am not picky about the living situation and prefer smaller living spaces (i.e. tiny homes).
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