Seeking lease-to-own or creative solution in Portland


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Land Seeker Description

I am a young, enthusiastic farmer looking to start my own farm business. I have been farming for the last 9 years (4 consecutively) and know this is my calling/destiny. Currently, I help manage an 8 acre farm on Sauvie Island and work as a liaison with a well-established orchard out of Hood River to provide their fruit to CSA farms in the Portland area.

I grew up amongst an edible landscape in the fertile Napa Valley in CA, moved to Missoula, MT where I began farming and earned my degree in Sustainable Food and Farming. I also worked building and maintain trails with the Montana Conservation Corps, the Green Mountain Club in VT, and as a Wilderness Ranger for the FS in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

I am looking to manage a small parcel of land, around 1/4-1/2 acre. I have only grown organically, and I aim to use biodynamic and permaculture practices so that the farm is a closed loop system. I plan to grow and sell vegetables and medicinal herbs (I am a Certified Herbalist), and also value-added products. Flowers and beneficial plants for pollinators will also be incorporated. After taking a small business development class through PCC, I have learned the value in starting small, so I may just focus on the vegetable operation at first and add in other products to sell later once I’ve recognized my potential thresholds.

The bulk of my market experience has been with the CSA model, so I plan to use that, but I am very much open to farmer’s markets, restaurant sales, grocery/co-op partnership, or others!

Later in life, I seek to own my own property and establish a muti-faceted farm business including vegetables, flowers, medicinal herbs, small animals, orchard, pasture, educational opportunities, and a B&B.


What features of the property are essential?

On-site water, electricity, greenhouse/hoop house, land that has been worked with organically, tools/rototiller.


Describe your farming experience

I began farming in college in Montana, so the growing season is short and intense! I farmed for four seasons; 3 semesters with the college farm (which ran a CSA and hosted farm tours) and 1 full summer with a local farm. The local farm works with and sells to restaurants, farmers markets, grocery stores, and the Western MT Growers Co-op.
I began farming year-round once I moved to OR in 2018. I moved to Deer Island and worked with farm animals of every kind for a month. Then I helped manage a 5 acre farm-to table restaurant farm for 2 months until they began renovating the restaurant and closed the farm. Then I worked as a Propagation Manager for a CSA and restaurant farm based in Portland. The 50 acres is split between Lake Oswego and Grand Island in the Willamette Valley. I then became Farm Manager the following year.
In 2020 I moved on to work for an 8 acre farm on Sauvie Island where we grow vegetable, flowers, and dye plants like Indigo. I also started working with a 100 year old orchard business based out of Hood River as their liaison to help them find CSA markets to sell their produce.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

I plan to grow mostly vegetable and medicinal plants, and use strictly organic practices with an essence of biodynamic and permaculture. I also plan to make value-added product from the bounty of my efforts. My markets will include a CSA, but I am open to selling to restaurants, grocery stores, or at the farmer's markets. I will do whatever I can to sell my product.
I am seeking to establish myself and my business so I will focus on staying small to limit debt and bigger costs.


What are your long term goals

I seek to have an established business by then, so I would hope to incorporate small animals, such as chickens, rabbits, a few goats, or a few pigs. I would also like to be able to provide educational opportunities such as workshops, classes, or farm tours to bring the community I am supported by out to where the magic happens!


Describe your housing needs

I do not need housing. I live in St. John's.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Portland Area

Acreage desired:
Less than 1 acre

Seeking land access by:
March 9, 2021

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Berries, Flowers, Herbs, Vegetables

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease-to-own, Lease for trade, Partnership, Other

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
March 8, 2021



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