Seeking Land for Lease in Lane Co


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Land Seeker Description

We are Becca and Adam. We are a young couple looking for a small plot of land or an opportunity to share land, anything from half an acre up, to start a market garden. We met two years ago as interns on an organic vegetable farm in Michigan and have since been growing our skills and knowledge in the agricultural realm. Our shared vision is to open our future farm space to folks who have suffered neurological and physical traumas, as we believe the lessons nature offers allow for growth and healing and working with nature can offer meaningful and fulfilling occupation. Our ideal situation would be to lease a small acreage space and act as either land stewards or full fledged market gardeners. We are interested in forming partnerships and building community ties in resource sharing where we are able to farm and promote the wellbeing of all of the life around us.  We want to start small and work part-time in our first season, so it is essential for us to keep operating and startup costs to a minimum. Our marketing model involves a  CSA of 20 shares and a local farmers market. With this in mind, we are seeking to access land with electricity and irrigation already present.


What features of the property are essential?

*Irrigation infrastructure
*Electricity
*Fencing and wind break


Describe your farming experience

Adam has a BS in Environmental and Plant Biology and 4 years farming experience. He served in Peace Corps Uganda '16-'18 where he assisted in agribusiness outreach to members of a fairtrade and organic certified coffee cooperative. Back in the states he completed internships at Persephone Farm of Indianola, Washington, a market garden which specialized in cut flowers and wildcrafted salad mix, and Coveyou Scenic Farm which was a medium size certified organic vegetable farm, nursery, and agritourism destination in Petoskey, Michigan. he has additional experience in controlled environments and USDA agribusiness regulation. Most recently, Adam and Becca have dabbled with urban farming in St. Louis, Missouri which entails planting vegetables small pollinator gardens in vacant lots and backyards and selling microgreens to restaurants. A goal of urban farming was to diversify the ecosystems, provide food for neighbors, and make growing plants accessible to people of various ages and physical abilities.
Becca began gardening in 2019 while studying in Iowa where she helped an elderly friend who needed physical assistance in her garden. She then took a gardening class at her university and interned at Coveyou Scenic farm the summer following the completion of her undergraduate degree. At Coveyou, she was responsible for post harvest handling, packaging, and selling produce at farmers' markets. As a graduate student, she started a garden therapy group for adults who had survived neurological traumas to engage in purposeful, enjoyable gardening tasks that could be adapted to individual needs as a form of therapy.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

*To implement permaculture principals in designing the farm, while working with and not against the existing land use practices and natural conditions
*To make our start in proportion with our means (i.e. procure the needed equipment and supplies without relying on a bank loan)
*Focus heavily on crop production planning and product marketing
*Make sales through farmer's market, CSA, restaurant accounts, and retail
*Diversify our products and fill niches in the local food economy
*Season extension


What are your long term goals

*Own or co-own the land we farm
*Build our own alternative housing
*Source renewable energy
*Build community ties & share resources
*Offer internships and other learning opportunities
*Establish a garden therapy nonprofit in tandem with, or supplanting, the farm business


Describe your housing needs

We believe in living large in a small house, meaning our goal is to lower our carbon footprint and have access to private outdoor living space. We would prefer on-site housing.

Additional Land Seeker Details

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

Acreage desired:
Less than 1 acre, 1 - 5 acres

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Cattle, Flowers, Goats, Herbs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Orchard/Fruit, Poultry, Vegetables

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, Season Extension

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
December 28, 2021



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