My name is Amanda and I have been in Oregon a little over 4 years and have fallen in love with the land, people and amazing opportunities. I don’t have a lot of free time in the past few years running a homestead has been a lot of work for just two people, but when I do I am usually at the river, reading a book, practicing yoga, cooking/baking, hiking, or making medicinal products for friends. In the winter I spend as much time as I can on the mountain skiing.
I started out on my own at age 16 getting my GED and working in a bakery full time and continued to gain pastry experience till I turned 19, hoping to make that my career.
I then got involved in my local food system where we would take tools, compost, and seeds to urban families wanting backyard gardens, the only exchange was you had to donate a part of your garden to your neighbors. This really changes the course of my life I met so many people that opened doors for me- like WWOOF and realizing the best quality of life I could ask for would be one where my hands are in the dirt and my body is out in the sun. I left Texas 6 years ago to work on various farms and learn from many mentors. I have a wide variety of skills because I always try to say yes to any job.
Over the last 4 years I have mainly worked for myself and less volunteering. I have experienced what tending land can really be about. Southern Oregon has become home for me and getting to continue to live out here would be a blessing.
It is extremely difficult to find property out here so my vision for what I want is very flexible. I’d love grow food and medicine and contribute to living in this valley in a positive way. Housing would need to be included. I have my own vehicle.
I would prefer to be on land that has been mindfully farmed using permaculture techniques or organic practices, raw land would even work. Having water rights, a well, or a pond is necessary. Electrical, sewage and any structures already there would be a bonus but not a deal breaker.
My farming experience started 8 years ago through WWOOF where I interned on a few different farms in California mainly focused on permaculture design and community living. I ended up spending 3 years on a farm in Goleta, Ca where we worked on many large scale farming models such as designing and building out a 3 acre food forest, a commercial aquaponic system, planted 300 Moringa trees, raised animals for food, and turned the property into a wedding venue which included quite a bit of construction and landscaping. While I was working there I also worked part time at a non-profit, urban hydroponic farm in Santa Barbara where we grew a wide variety of vegetables for the nursing home that was connected to us so that seniors could eat healthy meals every day.
After moving from Goleta to Southern Oregon in 2017 I went into partnership with a cannabis farmer that wanted to transform his land into a permaculture paradise, so we got to work switching from fabric pots to all hugelkulture style gardening. Through that partnership I was able to use his land to raise chickens for egg and meat production, as well as grow large scale medicinal herbs to sell to herbalists, as well as make my own herbal products. I also have some tractor experience.
I'd like to expand my medicinal herb gardening space so that I can provide clean herbs to herbalists, as well as continue to learn how to properly be a land steward. I don't plan on farming vegetables on a super large scale but am always trying expand the garden space so that I can truly live off of what I grow.
I hope to be owning land and building a home or making yurts to open up a bed and breakfast where I would host educational courses on mind and body healing, permaculture design, mushroom logs, etc. and where I would home-make everything from the soaps to all the meals from scratch so that I can share this life style with others. I have many people come and stay at my current home and always get the comment "You are such a good host, if you had the space I'd love to stay at your land and get the full experience." so that really inspired the idea.
Ideally a home that is well insulated. A private bedroom, clean communal space and bathroom. Open to living in a community setting or alone.
I am a single person so I don't take up a whole lot of space. Also would be ideal for no cigarette smoking to happen in the home.
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