New farmer seeking 1 acre for an organic, no till market garden for the 2022 season and beyond. Looking for 2-3 year lease, possibly longer depending on how things go.
Must haves include reliable water source nearby with ability to hook up timed irrigation, must be within 15 minutes of downtown Lebanon, and accessible to me from 6 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday, accessible by car (I transport product with a minivan).
Nice to haves include onsite storage for tools and equipment, preferably lockable, and fencing in place especially in a deer prone area.
About my farming practices: I believe in growing food in a way that nourishes the soil it comes from rather than depleting it. I till once when establishing new beds and then never again, instead using no till practices like cover crops, deep mulch, and interplanting to prevent weed growth and enrich the soil. I don’t plan on pursuing certification yet, but all my methods and products are organic. I’m proud of the way I grow food and I’ll leave your land in better shape than I found it. I grow a variety of vegetables and cut flowers for direct sale through farmers markets, local customers, and potentially a CSA option in the coming years. I also want to partner with local retirement communities to set up small market experiences for residents who may be unable to travel to local markets anymore.
About me: I’m a former middle school science teacher turned stay at home mom of three turned farmer. My crew is just me, but I’ll often have my three girls in tow, helping plant and harvest. My husband has his own work but he jumps in when I need the help. I’ve lived in Lebanon since 2004, graduated from OSU in 2011, and don’t plan on going anywhere else.
On-site water, vehicle access, electricity
Over a decade of backyard vegetable gardening, 3+ years of 'mini-farming' in my 1/4 acre backyard.
Establish permanent raised beds and enrich the soil, grow for farmers markets and direct local sales, break even. Start with 3-4 field blocks and add more growing space as needed.
Expand to CSA and restaurant sales, bring on staff, eventually buy land of my own where I can establish a farm stand, internships, and community experience on the farm.
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