I am currently a full-time carpenter at the Portland Veterans Hospital and will be retiring within the next couple of years. I will be directing my focus on small Organic farming. I would like to secure a small 1-3 acre plot with water, access to the necessary equipment to prepare the soil for cultivation would be a bonus but not essential. I am interested in a long term Rent/Lease Possible purchase (necessary to establish grow beds) of the property. The ability to Build and occupy a self sustaining small (Tiny) house (once again, not essential) as part of the development of a complete farming system. Farm production buildings would be an asset as well but would be added if needed.
Water is the most essential need for the property. Although I will be exploring the ability for a farmer to establish their own means of providing their own water if the property they choose to farm does not have its own water system already established. The availability of any and all services would be a bonus but all of these aspects will be explored and alternative systems will be developed.
I have been an Organic Farmer/Gardener every since I can remember. I am the "go-to" guy among my friends and associates. While living in Detroit Michigan I Graduated from the Michigan State University "Maser Gardeners Program" and graduated from the "Urban Roots" course, a course that teaches the necessary skills and knowledge to organize and operate community gardens. While In Detroit I operated a community garden in my neighborhood and took part in the organization and helped with the operation of 8 other community gardens as well. While a part of the Beckham Community garden Group I played a major role in the organization, planning and development of the Beckham Elementary (now named Duke Ellington at Beckham) Community Garden. There I was given the opportunity to teach the students from Kindergarten to the 6th grade vegetable gardening skills. When I had arrived 4 years earlier the garden had 7 raised beds, when I left, with the help of the community, There were 29 raised beds and more on the way.
The main effort will be on the establishment of viable, healthy soil. During which time I will be concentrating on efficient and profitable Organic, self-sustaining farming techniques and methods for urban farming. My intent is to establish a "Profitable" urban farming method that can be taught to other individuals who otherwise lack the skills or knowledge. I will also be building up a seed bank to be sold and used on the farm, sold, and seed stock for use on organic urban farms that I hope to establish throughout communities.
My initial farm will be a learning, teaching and research center for for a network of self sustaining farms that will create local fresh organic produce for communities throughout different regions within the state but can be practiced in other states and the entire food system. This farm is to be a Model self-sustaining profitable organic farm with the ability to provide a "Fully nutritional" crop.
Onsite housing would be a great advantage but not the deal breaker. I do have a need to build and occupy a small house onsite for the operation and development of a complete farming plan. The ability to occupy and live in a small home would give me the opportunity to design an efficient and comfortable self sustaining home for the farmer.
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