Seeking Lease near Portland for Regenerative Agroforestry


Land Seeker Description

We are climate activists and field scientists studying the effects of climate breakdown on society and Agricultural Systems and using our climate data to test and prove that the solution lies within Regenerative Agriculture and Agroforestry. We are a young family of four (two adults and two children ages 7 and 4) currently living in Portland, Oregon. My name is Jess, and my educational background is in Biology, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wholistic Nutrition and Herbalism. My passion for the natural world and protecting biodiversity has been infused into my life since I was born. I grew up in rural Idaho and Northern Montana and spent my childhood deep in the Sawtooth Mountains, hiking, foraging wild foods and medicines, fishing and hunting, backcountry skiing, river rafting and learning primitive survival skills. My partner Rod grew up in the North East of Brazil, experiencing farming and animal husbandry and breeding on his uncle’s farm in São Gonçalo dos Campos, Bahia, since he was a child. In the capital, Salvador, he learned and studied music and became a self-taught composer, producer and experimental multi-instrumentalist. In University, he studied Fine Arts, Biology, Linguistics and Communications. Outside of University, he began learning and still practices Classical Martial Arts including Chinese Kung Fu, Meditation, Qi Gong and T’ai Chi.

We are currently seeking land to live on and operate our Regenerative Agroforestry business.

What features of the property are essential?

Essential features of the property are running water, housing and soil healthy enough to grow food immediately.

Describe your farming experience

I grew up gardening with my family and growing our food and herbs for medicinal use. Professionally, I have over a decade of sustainable farming experience. I have worked in many different areas and systems of farming, such as CSA and market and wholesale growing, animal husbandry, growing native plants on a seed farm to restore land after oil drilling, as well as Permaculture systems, biodynamic and biointensive farming practices and food forestry projects. I have also created and consulted on several school garden programs and most recently taught as a school garden educator in the Portland Public School system.
Rod lived Permaculture in action, learning and practicing food forestry and natural building, working on an 80-acre traditional coffee plantation transitioning to a permaculture food forest, in the Mountainous region of Chapada Diamantina, in the state of Bahia. In Salvador, not having much space to farm, he started his own urban unconventional edible plants nursery, an important part of his thriving business there in Brazil. He has worked closely with other local farmers, consulting and supporting their agroforestry systems.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

Our primary goal on any land is to achieve Food Sovereignty, for we comprehend that a community - or a family - that feeds itself properly is truly capable of properly giving back to the earth and to society. Byproducts of that, as this process takes place, are and will be the crafting and commercialization of added value products, the facilitation of farming and farm-to-table educational experiences and the stewardship of superfood, medicinal, endangered and/or native crops as a Living Seed Bank integrated to our Agroforest.

What are your long term goals

Our long-term vision for any piece of land we steward is to create a Living Seed Bank that is protecting and productively stimulating biodiversity through regenerative Agroforestry systems as a movement towards prevention of climate breakdown. The land would be used to further study regenerative agriculture, collect climate data in conjunction with trial research on high calorie high protein crops that can naturalize in these systems, to be shared and educate the internal and external communities on the most viable and symbiotic alternatives to restore and regenerate healthy soil and food systems.

Describe your housing needs

A healthy, mold and mildew free housing situation with at least two bedrooms and private kitchen and bathroom. While we love and stimulate community living, we also believe in the importance of personal family space.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Portland Area

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

Seeking land access by:
September 5, 2019

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

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
September 7, 2019

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