Seeking Lease or Lease to Own: 1-5 acres in Deschutes County for Vegetables and Medicinal Herbs


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Land Seeker Description

Farmer, massage therapist and herbalist living near Sisters, OR looking to start up medicinal herb and vegetable farm in order to support local herbalists by providing them access to fresh plant material while co-planting vegetable crops in order to create a synergistic environment with food and medicine.

Looking for 1-5 acres with the potential to expand
Irrigation COID preferred
Prefer land previously farmed without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers
Land owner open to a small flock of laying hens
Small shop/barn with electric would be great but not necessary


What features of the property are essential?

Water rights (COID preferred)
Not conventionally farmed in the last 5 years
Pasture preffered or land that has been previously cultivated without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides


Describe your farming experience

3 seasons farming in the Pacific Northwest. 1 year on an educational farm in the Portland area serving local youth, 2 years in the South Sound of Washington working on a 12 acre market farm serving a CSA of 60 with mixed vegetable, fruit, flowers and eggs. First year as crew, second year as the assistant manager.

This will be my 3rd season on my 1/5 acre garden in Central Oregon growing medical herbs and vegetables. I know the conditions in C.O. are much different than the PNW so I have spent the past 3 years learning more about the land, what are best growing practices here and what cultivated medicinal herbs thrive in this environment.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

Short term plans:
CSA with 25-50 shares.
Have enough product to sell at one farmer's market a week.
Create a u-pick for medicinal herb farmers on the land.
Expand to having a small herd of sheep for wool and meat.
1-2 Honeybee hives
Erect 1-2 high tunnels.
Staff of 1-2


What are your long term goals

Long term plans:
CSA with 50-150 shares.
Enough product to have farm stand on property.
Integrate massage business into the farm hosting workshops and healing services on site.
Erect 2-4 high tunnels
Year round cultivation
Expand animal herds with goal for increasing regenerative farming practices.
Staff of 3-6
Own the property and land, live on site


Describe your housing needs

None


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

Learning how to cultivate food and medicine is a right every human should have. My eventual goal is to host people from all backgrounds who want to learn, grow and heal together as a community in order to create a more resilient future.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Central

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres

Seeking land access by:
September 1, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Herbs, Poultry, Vegetables

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

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified, Season Extension

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
June 13, 2022



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