Seeking Lease, Purchase, or Creative Solution Near Salem


Land Seeker Description

My partner and I are in our early 20s, passionate about sustainable food systems, and we are looking for a land holder interested in ecological practices. We have pursued the traditional land purchase process, but were not approved because we don’t have enough “official farm business operation” experience. We are knowledgeable and passionate about environmentally and financially sustainable production systems and are seeking arrangements with landholders who understand the challenges faced by young farmers with little access to land and capital.

We are not interested in raising animals for sale as we are vegan. However, we would happily consider partnerships for a farm animal sanctuary.

We are interested in agroforestry, no-till, and other ecologically oriented production systems. Furthermore, we aim to support the broader community through experiential/educational programs and activities for youth and adults as well as working alongside other local producers to strengthen local food systems.


What features of the property are essential?

We would prefer land that has been abused and degraded, as it is part of our mission to provide an example that farming, when done well, can be used to heal ecosystems. We are comfortable with sites that have varied topography and micro-climates. We are also comfortable with needing to build structures and other necessary infrastructure.

Describe your farming experience

Combined, the two of us have about 9 years of farming, gardening, and landscaping experience. Both of us earned Certification in Permaculture Design from Oregon State University, and one of us is currently finishing up a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Agriculture (Also from OSU).

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

Produce enough to support ourselves and build the farm business. Beginning with an array of annual and quick-harvest perennials alongside the planting of longer-term perennials such as fruit and nut trees.

What are your long term goals

Maintain a sustainable polyculture including a diverse array of fruits, nuts, berries, vegetables, mushrooms, grains, beans, herbs (culinary and medicinal), and more. Should conditions support it, we would like to incorporate agritourism such as on-farm dinners, tours, educational workshops, etc. Value-added products would also allow for a diversified revenue stream.

Describe your housing needs

We currently rent an apartment in Salem, but our ideal arrangement would involve living on the property in order to best facilitate proper land stewardship and energy/time investment into the farm.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5, Portland Area

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

Seeking land access by:
August 1, 2020

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Berries, Flowers, Grain, Herbs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Vegetables, Other

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
July 28, 2020

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