Seeking lease-to-own, creative solution, collaboration, partnership: Minimum 1 acres in or near Clackamas county.


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Land Seeker Description

Hello! My name is Christopher Allen Reynolds!

Together with my wife Chelsea and our two kids Garrett (almost 3) and Ezra (almost 1) we are at a stage of life where we are long past ready for a change!

I was a union carpenter for 7 years, building mostly high rises and parking structures throughout the Portland city- scape. After experiencing some health issues I stopped doing that work, but I am eternally grateful for the wealth of knowledge I gained from it. I have spent the last 3-4 years of my life, at least my waking hours, studying and implementing alternative methods for doing everything! We have completely changed our lives from consumers stuck in the cycles that so many find themselves in to individuals with a dream. Our long term dreams include involvement with charity organizations, living in a community of like minded-sustainability and regenerative oriented individuals, producing all our own food, creating a surplus wherever we go. I am currently studying in the organic agriculture program at Clackamas community college and have a burning desire to put it to good use.

Our hopes is ultimately to find someone who has a plot of land, preferably with housing (Even if it needs work, I can show you my fancy journeyman card…Its golden) and partner with them in a way that is beneficial to all! I would love to start with a market garden and some pastured poultry. My particular interests are to have a mixture of Layers, Runner ducks, and turkeys. Starting with a system of a market garden and pastured poultry would be a launching platform.

  • Set up a system of raised bed compost machines. Pallets filled with a layered compost system with crops on top.
  • Use poultry to prep beds and speed up composting.
  • Heavy focus, especially initially, on soil ecology. Using multiple systems: Vermicompost, Bio-Char, Fermented Plant Juice, Compost.
  • Eventually work towards expansion and further integration of systems.
  • Pastured cattle! Lets start with some pigs. Work up to some Highland cows.
  • More permaculture type system. Perennials and annuals working together.

 

Really, for us, leaving the land better off than we got it is a key part of this for us. In fact, I am so interested in that aspect of things that I would almost prefer someone who has land that has been used and abused. I want to leave the world better of for my children than I was given it. We spend much of our days together. Garrett and I spend much of our time wandering around our garden and through the woods, working, teaching, learning, foraging, and ultimately enjoying the blessing that is our planet. My hope is that we can find someone to share this vision with us and move forward together towards a more sustainable future for all. I am particularly interested in people who desire a more collaborative, partnership based relationship. If I grow and raise some food on your land it would only make sense that you would reap some of the rewards! Maybe you are just old and tired? Maybe you are just tired? Maybe you have more land than you can handle on your own. If any of this sounds like your cup of tea, I implore you to consider reaching out to me. Together we can change the world! one acre at a time.

 

With a Smile 🙂

Chris A. Reynolds


What features of the property are essential?

There is nothing that I cannot work with....Water would sure be nice, like a well....also having plenty of organic material would be nice, maybe some trees. But really, there is nothing I cannot work with. With a truck and a trailer I can bring what I need to make this work anywhere, in any condition. It may just take a little longer to get started.


Describe your farming experience

I have a minimal amount of "farming" experience, as I haven't made much money off of my grown crops. I have had a garden most years since I was very little. I have spent countless hours reading books, watching documentaries, reading studies, watching/ listening to lectures and experimenting with the knowledge I have gained from them. I have begun the work to establish a small market garden in partnership with a neighbor. I have created and organized multiple gardens, with the current one being the most extensive. We live in a triplex and share a large yard space. There is a large communal garden that I have done practically of the work for. We have a chicken coop where I have managed them into a composting system. I also grew up around lots of farm land and farmers, coos county has a rather robust homesteading community that I was privy to through most of my early life. I grew up with a shovel and a hammer in my hands.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

First step is soil health. Compost, Bio-Char, Vermicompost.
Raised beds made from pallets, filled with compostables layered. Hugelkulture
Pastured poultry. First to prep garden beds and then set on a rotation through holistic management practices.
Take these food practices and start a powerful social media presence, starting with farm direct, social media is a powerful tool of marketing!. Moving, eventually into CSA, Farmers Markets, Restaurants, Local stores, and maybe someday chains.


What are your long term goals

To have a system that works together in harmony! Mimicking nature in a way that maximizes regeneration.
We seek to work towards a layered pasture system- Highland Cattle, followed by poultry, followed by goats and or sheep, ending each cycle with pigs.
We seek to have a maximized output system with lowest possible inputs. We want to implement permaculture designs. Having a mixed orchard layered with cover crops.
Eventually we would love to work towards a large scale aquaponics system. In no way do I want that to be some sanitary lab where we raise fish in test tubes. I seek to create a system of berms and swales that collects and diverts water into a basin. Having a system of pumps to cycle the water back to the top of the catchment platform.


Describe your housing needs

As I have 2 kids and a wife we would need, eventually a location suitable for them to live in. We are far from needy people though. In fact, a simple life of less is more is what we desire. I am not only capable, but willing to come out and live on a property by myself for months at a time if it means there is a future possible where me and my family can wake up and be able to spend our days together working, and loving life through our connection to the land and each other.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Central, Coastal, Eastern, Gorge, 5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

Acreage desired:
Less than 1 acre, 1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres, 21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
August 10, 2019

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Cattle, Dairy, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Goats, Grain, Herbs, Hogs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables, Other

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease-to-own, 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:
August 10, 2019



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