I am looking for a place to set up my: small-footprint compost yard; liquid extract, brew and infusion area; and my microscope/wet lab. Plus area to grow feedstock, trial and inoculant plots. Total area = (compost yard: 8-15 parked cars) + (liquids area: 2-4 parked cars) + (lab: outbuilding – see below) + area for row plots.
I grow soil organisms in a specific thermophillic compost process that I verify with a microscope. This is a: no smell, no pest-attracting, weed and disease killing operation. I mostly apply the organisms as a liquid extract soil drench or a brewed foliar spray. I make the compost in small batch cages. I currently do not use a tractor and all labor is manual with a hired helper.
I am a middle aged guy and a Soil FoodWeb School student training to be regeneration consultant. I have several informal clients now and have been doing this for about 2.5 years. After consolidating my operation I will enter the mentorship phase and have 1-2 years before I start consulting formally – and/or expand into a larger production format (compost in windrows).
I am looking for a small plot to pursue my goals – either independent of a larger landholder – OR to work with a landholder to improve their soil biology. I don’t make grandiose promises – as I am still learning to produce and effectively apply the biology – and I check everything with the microscope etc. I am not a farmer – I am a soil guy – so I work in partnership with growers. There are a few soil-life honoring practices that a important if a grower wants to maximize the potential of the soil food web. I am less interested in where a farmer is now (in how they run their land) than where they are interested in going. If you are ready to learn more about improving your soil – but you are not ready to hire an consultant – then I may be your guy?
To obtain my graduation I must demonstrate proficiency in all of the above skills AND regenerate soil on a barren plot to the full soil food web needed for the plants desired and now growing there. So, I will also be looking for an area to do that – either on the larger property or using my lab as a base to treat a remote site.
I need: a “level” and accessible area with clean water and electricity; a structure for an inside microscope lab; and a shelter for working in colder months is very appreciated (I may be able to build or bring my own for both). Housing is desired – to be on site for regular checks during production – or a short commute from Eugene.
Easy access to land that is not overly rough or hilly ground. Flat compacted ground not suited for farming is okay for the compost yard area (as long as there is not a pernicious toxic legacy). Area to grow feedstock etc. Clean water. Electricity to run small pumps etc. A shed or a barn for cold month work is desirable. An out building with electricity and access to water (hose fine) for a set tub for the microscope lab. On-site housing is a total bonus.
I am just a kitchen gardener. I have done a lot of arbor work. I did my undergraduate thesis using mustard as a cover under apple. Ask me why this is a bad idea!
I would like to spend 3-5 years becoming very proficient at my trade and then think about expanding or purchasing my own land to farm or work from.
In five years I want to be an active consultant working and teaching. In ten years I would like to be working my own land and teaching and networking about soil regeneration as part of an international effort. I have fellow students from all over the country and the world. I believe our food security and our survival depend upon it. I am too old to do it all - but not to old to bring this opportunity to our younger generations.
On site hosing is a bonus! A short commute from Eugene will work too.
I believe every human is born with the capacity to be a keystone species in our own neighborhoods. Food deserts in disadvantaged and minority communities really bother me. I honor the indigenous people and wisdom that came before my settler ancestors, and I wholeheartedly embrace the notion that the USA exists as a multiracial and sexual orientation landscape - as long as we actively make it so. Anyone who has an open heart is welcome in my circle. I value demonstrated virtue over background any day. I hope my passion to share the wonder and power of Nature's example, as exemplified in the soil food web, will communicate a sense of welcome and wonder and collective becoming in the people I encounter.
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