We are two small, young families looking for land to lease or a creative partnership near Eugene, Oregon.
Our priority is to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with the land with a focus on self- sufficiency.
Our vision of self-sufficiency includes not only food but also necessary items such as cloth (fiber animals and plants), soap (saponin producing plants) and plant based medicine.
Our income creating strategies will be an extension of our self-sufficiency efforts coupled with a deep sense of what the larger community needs (discerned through listening research in which we are currently engaged).
We have 3-4 years experience working on farms in Michigan, Oregon and Washington. We welcome the mentorship of a retiring farmer as we recognize we are still just beginning our farm journey.
We have small farming in our near family history that was unfortunately lost to our parent’s and our generation. We feel a deep need and urgency to return to this lifeway.
Water is essential, be it creek/river, well or rain water systems. We are willing to help develop sustainable water systems but their prior existence on the land would be ideal.
Geraldine is a backyard farmer and has worked three seasons as a farm hand. Her educational background is in fine art and art education. She has a partner, Brian, who brings building skills and excellent technical problem solving skills to a farm project. He is also a self-employed computer programmer and so is able to provide our family with stable income, relieving financial pressure from the land and allowing us to focus on long term stability. We have an 8 year old daughter, Aeon, who is an aspiring animal communicator.
Mia has worked as a farm hand for 3-4 seasons and is currently an education coordinator at a large school garden/ farm in Washington. Her education and prior employment background is in environmental education. Mia has a partner, Kevin, who is also a handy builder and 'jack of all trades'. They have a three legged dog named Finnick.
Mia and Geraldine are sisters and both focused on long term farming, farming as lifeway- caring for the land in such a way that she will provide food and shelter for us and other critters for generations to come. We are flexible in our farming ideology and prioritize listening to the land. We plan to use principles from sympoetic (making-with, cooperative world making) systems such as forest farming and permaculture as well as Terra Preta (Biochar).
1) Listen to the land and the retiring farmer (if applicable) in regards to what both need from us and develop a farm plan from there.
2) Grow and preserve enough food to sustain our two families and any animals we have brought to the land (if applicable).
3) Produce enough overage to sell at local farmer's markets or through a CSA to cover the cost of leasing the land and any short term additions/improvements that need paid for in cash currency.
To develop a sustainable relationship with the land and the creatures who live on and near it. We would like to find land where we can put down roots and we understand this may be difficult with leased land- this is where the term 'creative partnership' comes in. Although we have found a comfortable income for ourselves and feel satisfied, it is FAR from enough to purchase land in this area. What alternatives could there be? We'd love to hear your ideas.
Geraldine 'owns' a home in Eugene. She plan to continue to live in town as long as Aeon is still in school. During the school year she will commute to the land and during the summer her family would all love to live and work on the land either just tent camping or in a small camper. Aeon is currently in 2nd grade at Ridgeline Montessori and loves her community.
Mia and her partner would be grateful to live on the land. They have a 16 ft yurt they can relocate. They both have lived off grid for years and so are accustomed to this lifestyle. They are able to build any necessary infrastructure to accommodate their housing.
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