I am currently working as a farmhand for a farm based in Carlton, OR. I am wanting to start farming for myself and am looking for land to lease, or buy over time in an agreement with the current landowner. I intend on raising conventional crops with an emphasis on fescue grass for seed. Other crops would include wheat, red clover, and either crimson clover or radish. Ideally I would like to farm land somewhere nearby either Highway 47 or 99W starting around Gaston (47) or Newberg (99W) down to around Perrydale (99W) or out to Sheridan (18). Turner and Jefferson areas are also an option. Basically Yamhill, Polk, and/or western Marion counties. The land just needs to be not too far from where we the farm I work for already travels to or through. I can explain better to anyone interested either in person, over the phone, or through email. Hook-ups for a 5th-wheel travel trailer would be preferred, but are not necessary.
The majority, if not all of the property, needs to be available for conventional farming. Irrigation, potable water, and electrical are pluses we'd love to have available, but not necessary.
I have worked in or around grass seed production for five years full-time. Four of those years were in the Hermiston area on a farm which grew primarily grass for seed, organic peas and corn, peas and beans for seed, and some alfalfa for seed. This last year I have worked at a grass seed farm based in Carlton, OR which farms primarily the area surrounding Highways 47 and 99W from Gaston to McCoy Junction south of Amity. We also cover some acreage near Turner and Jefferson. I have available to me mentors who have had a combined 50+ years of farming experience in the Willamette Valley. I am open to additional mentor-ship as well. In addition to the full time employment, I have had four summers of working on harvest crews and cultivating row crops.
My short term goal is to build funds to establish a financially stable business. I intend on purchasing farm land of my own in the next 5 years. The business I intend on starting focuses on seed production and I am considering also branching into food production, either conventional or organic.
In the long term, I intend on farming around 1,500 to 2,000 acres primarily in grass seed production. In order to get there, my goal in 10 years time is to be farming at least 400 acres.
I do not have any housing requirements. If the property includes a house, I am interested. Water, electricity, and sewer would be appreciated for a 5th-wheel travel trailer, but is not necessary as I currently have accommodations which can continue.
While I do not intend on hosting people on the farm land itself, I am interested in visiting with neighbors, landowners, and anyone who stops to visit while I am there.
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