Seeking lease for organic herbal medicine farm and/or lease-to-own


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Land Seeker Description

I grew up in Bend (Central Oregon) and have been involved in small-scale organic food production for over ten years. Completing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies (with an emphasis in Small-Scale Regenerative Food Systems) I’ve worked internationally on various farms including 2.5 years as an Urban Agriculture Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa and work for several heritage seed saving organizations.

Additionally, I am a Registered Herbalist Certification with the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) and have a Masters of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism with a Clinical Focus. I currently (part-time) run a small herbal medicine business in California that combines clinical work and home health gardens.

In tandem with my work as an herbalist, I have worked full-time as the Food Sovereignty Program (FSP) Coordinator for the Bishop Paiute Tribe’s Environmental Management Office. As the FSP manager, I was hired in 2015 to establish a tribal food sovereignty program and is now responsible for daily oversight including: tribal gardens, bioregional seed saving, a Farmer’s Market, coordination of weekly produce boxes provided to the tribal elders program, a mobile food market, traditional food initiatives, youth internships, and agriculture workshops.

My husband, is a lead teacher at an all outdoor school for kids called Wild Roots Forest School.

In the coming year we are looking to re-locate closer to our family in Central Oregon and hoping for a larger piece of land to farm herbs/foods/bees/flowers and eventually begin our own family. Our hope is for land that could be a part of my herbal business and possibly double as a site where my husband could continue his work in education/nature-based connection.


What features of the property are essential?

water rights, certified organic land, housing, farming equipment, greenhouse


Describe your farming experience

I have been involved in small-scale organic food production for over ten years. Completing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies (with an emphasis in Small-Scale Regenerative Food Systems) I've worked internationally on various farms including 2.5 years as an Urban Agriculture Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa and work for several heritage seed saving organizations. My husband has been involved in beekeeping for 5+ years, worked in garden-education for several years, and ran soil experiments/farm work for a farm in Ojai Ca that was transitioning from conventional to organic agriculture. He also worked on a biodynamic farm in Hawaii (where he grew up).


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

Secure a longterm lease on an organic farm where we can grow herbs/flowers/produce/have bees.


What are your long term goals

Have a thriving herbal farm business that hosts herbal workshops, seed to table dinners, partners with other local organizations, runs a forest school for kiddos etc.


Describe your housing needs

Interested in on-farm housing. My husband and I have lived in a variety of housing situations including tiny homes, earthen homes and more. We are flexible but would prefer to live on-site.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Central, 5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area, Southern

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres, 21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
February 2, 2021

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

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease-to-own, Lease with option to purchase, Partnership

Interested in these growing practices:
Certified Organic, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
December 15, 2020



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