Seeking Lease/Creative Solutions: Housing with 5+ Acres in the Portland/Colombia Gorge area


Land Seeker Description

Hello there, we are Shauna and Thomas!

We’re young farmers looking for housing on some land while we plan our next steps. We’ve spent the past couple years exploring and learning on an array of small, diversified farms throughout Oregon (and one quick stop in Northern California). We’ve participated in a few season-long internships, taken classes on farm business planning, gone to conferences and workshops on different farming methods … and now we need space to ruminate and plan our next steps. The farm intern lifestyle doesn’t leave much time for reflections, so we’re searching for a place to lay fallow for a bit and plan our own farm business. We currently work with Mudbone Grown at their non-profit farm in Corbett, OR.

In general we are looking for housing with acreage (5+ acres, which could already include pasture land), and space to have an abundant garden to start a small CSA (around 10-15 people) and have animals on pasture. We are well networked in the Portland area and want to collaborate with other farms to help fill gaps in our local food system. The sooner we can get on the land the better as we would like to have something planned for the 2022 season.

Here is a link to a website with more about us, including links to our resumes and a CV of farms we’ve had the pleasure of learning from.

What features of the property are essential?

Functional, finished housing
Internet or ability to get internet
Organic practices followed, certification not necessary but ideally no non OMRI chemicals/pesticides have been used on the land
On site well, water rights would be nice
Pastures/ability to create some pastures
Greenhouse would be nice as well
we are pretty flexible with other infrastructure and buildings.

Describe your farming experience

In 2018 Shauna participated in the Rogue Farm Corps internship in the Portland Area. After the internship Shauna started a 20 person CSA and a garden that supplied food for three early childhood education centers in Portland, in addition to managing a diverse farm that included livestock, an orchard and a menagerie of WWOOFing help.
In 2020 we both participated in Rogue Farm Corps Programs, Shauna as an apprentice and Thomas as an intern. We lived and worked at a small bio-dynamic farm that focused on milk and egg production, but also grew lots of fruit, veggies and flowers for markets. Shauna was also working on a larger, more commercial organic farm to learn more about the business, marketing and management side of farming while completing the Apprenticeship class series.

To see a full list of our experiences and skills check out the "Resumes/CV" section of our website, linked in the main description.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

Establishing a business plan and farm business (we are currently two very skilled people with no land to steward!)
A small vegetable CSA (around 15 people)
Nursery and Garden starts
Raising some livestock (pigs, sheep/goats, chickens.)
Partnering with other farms in the community to fill the gap in the local food system
Providing healthy, nutritious food to marginalized members of our community.

What are your long term goals

We want to own our own land/farm business, and part of reaching that goal is pausing to asses what we know and what we still need to learn.

If the property and situation we find is the right fit we would be open to working with all parties involved to come up with long term plans and goals for the property.

Describe your housing needs

We are looking for a private, quiet place where we can steward some land while ruminating on the last three years of education, and begin to plan our own farm business. We need land with an already constructed (and finished) dwelling to live in-- a house, cabin, cottage, natural building, tiny house are all fine with us. We want to plant our feet for two years, maybe longer, if it is the right fit and location to grow our farm business. We would like to stay close to the Corbett/Troutdale area since we are currently working here, but we are open to looking at places that are further away as well. The Washington side of the Colombia Gorge is fine as well.

We are interested in a skills/work exchange, profit sharing, a simple rental agreement or some combination of the above. We have lived in intentional communities and shared land with people. We are open to living in community again if it feels like the right fit.

To see more about what we're looking for in our housing situation check out the "What We're Looking For" section of our website, linked in the main description.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Gorge, 5, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area, Neighboring States

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres

Seeking land access by:
December 1, 2021

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Dairy, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Goats, Herbs, Hogs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables, Other

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease with option to purchase, Lease for cash, Lease for trade, Partnership, Other

Interested in these growing practices:
Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension, 7

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

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