I am looking for a place to transition to with my goats, sheep, and turkeys after being where I currently am for 8 years. I am open to a longer term arrangement if I can find a good fit, or a shorter-term (1-2 seasons) is fine too.
Barn space would be ideal. I have the bones of a 20 x 60 greenhouse that I could construct. I’ll be bringing some basic tools, barn and dairy supplies, but no large farm equipment (tractors, etc).
I am calm, capable, and caring, with experience in veggie and cut flower growing, fruit tree pruning, animal care, educational nonprofit management, small scale butchery, and food preservation.
Because of family issues and the significant nature of this transition for me (I will still be likely doing some work for the nonprofit I currently manage into next spring or summer), I do not have ambitious goals for the 2021 season other than to get setup, maintain health of the land and animals, and develop plans for next steps for farm business development.
Access to grazing land for animals, and either exsiting barns or willingness for barn construction are essential (in a pinch, my greenhouse could suffice). Soil appropriate for garden(s). Water for livestock. Water for as 0.25 - 1 acre gardens is ideal. Land which has a history of being managed organically or biodynamically is preferred.
Starting in 2007, I apprenticed in western Colorado on a few small (~3 acre) organic veggie and cut flower market farms, as well working a few days a month at a small local slaughterhouse. From there I went back to school to study massage and continued to work on farms while studying and for a couple years of practicing massage. I have been back in Oregon to be closer to family for the past 8 years, where I have managed the farming and education programs at a 20 acre nonprofit farm (GeerCrestFarm.org) near Silverton, OR. The Covid pandemic is forcing the farm operation to move on and the nonprofit to refocus.
- fully transition from current working and living situation.
- establish small garden for home use and value-added product sales
- file paperwork for small dairy herdshare, if possible.
- establish any needed infrastructure.
A lot depends on the land. Right now, I forsee building a small, diverse, primarily value-added product based business, with direct market sales via online marketplace or in-person markets. Fruit trees and other perennial systems would be ideal in a longer-term arrangement, or based on the longterm vision of the land owner.
A goat (and possibly cow) diary herdshare business would also be ideal. Possible future part-time mobile slaughter business.
Part of business planning for me also includes willingness to address community needs for education, emergency food supply, and retreat/volunteering.
Simple and private housing would be ideal, 2 or more bedrooms. I will be moving with my brother and cat.
(I have a custom trailer and plans for a tiny home, which I hope to complete in 2021. It would be helpful to have the space and electricity to build)
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