Seeking Lease of Small Acreage/Washington CO or?


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Land Seeker Description

Hello, I am a seasoned gardener slash retired paper pusher with plenty of know how around farming crops, raising veggies and marketing. Currently I help a PDX area farmers market get grants and donor support from the community. I am seeking a small of land to grow some specialty crops (not cannabis, no not my thing plus it would be stolen anyway). I am into heirloom specialty crops I can market to restaurant chefs and also develop wholesale heirloom strawberry PLANTS.

I am open about living situations since I do live in WA Co. but with long hours sometimes it is good to be able to stay over, so if there is a studio or other quarters with facilities to rent, all the better. I am one person with a grown son helper and lots of know how. My background is in healthcare and grant development. I intend to utilize support for female small farmers to get this engine going. I grew up on one of the oldest farms in the Willamette Valley and my dream is to garden on a bigger scale than just my big household garden. I will plant a few sustainable crops and grow the business as a small nursery and hopefully eventually offer farming classes to youth like foster kids. I was a kid who wound up on my grandmother’s farm at 12 and that beautiful experience of learning to run her small market garden changed my entire life and now it is time to give back and to enjoy gardening life.


What features of the property are essential?

Sunshine, no overgrowth or brambles needing clearing out, road access onto property, possibly fenced depending on the whole set up, etc. and water or sufficient rain catchment or alternative. Most of my crops are not table crops so don;t need more than weekly watering unless there is excessive heat.


Describe your farming experience

50 years of knowledge in permaculture gardening, including making soils.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

Short term would be marketing product directly to potential direct buy customers like florists, chefs, smaller hi-quality city markets, others. Then, planning and planting according to design and garden lay out, harvest schedule etc.


What are your long term goals

My long-term plans include developing relationships with high end users in floral sector at Swan Island Flower Market, chefs in PDX, specialty arkets like Zupans in order to maximize calendared production for 2nd, 3rd years, and onward.


Describe your housing needs

Housing on site would be great but not a deal breaker. Leasing a small farm with a co-management of the land gig would be a nice idea. I have great references.


What will you do as a farmer to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone on your farm and in your community?

Part of my business plan is to get established to the point of being able to develop a learning program for foster youth who are interested in farming, as I was. It saved my life and caused me to fall in love with gardening and nature. There are many ways to engage young people from all backgrounds who may not want to garden as much as learn marketing, or selling or taking flowers to florists or senior centers. It is my happy vision.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

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

Seeking land access by:
April 30, 2024

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Flowers, Herbs, Nursery Stock, Vegetables, Other

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

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Conventional

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
March 29, 2024



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