Seeking Lease-to-own, Purchase, Mentorship, housing on 5+ acres within 60 miles of Portland


Land Seeker Description

Why would you want to partner with us? Because your choice would help minority people, born and raised in Oregon, access land and build permanent housing and farm security into our long-term futures. We are a multigenerational cohort of friends committed to creating sustained relationships between Land, Community, and Self, healing each through reparation, restoration, reciprocity, and connection.  There is a primary cohort of 3 people seeking to live and work together, and a supporting cast of friends who come to the farm to work and share the bounty.  We have 1.5 years of experience running a CSA business that provides food and farm experience to CSA members on rented land near Portland. We have a combined history of over 15 years experience working on our home gardens, raising chickens and ducks, caring for equines, working in nurseries, canning, working in organic farm stores, and 6 years running a successful business. Our current garden is being built around a permaculture practice and restorative justice both with land and humans.

Becoming the primary stewards of land will help us expand our impact in addressing historical traumas of oppression, as well as healing impacted land by building caring relationships between a community of humans and an ecosystem. Our CSA includes work shares, which help build a new generation of farming skills in marginalized communities, such as black, brown, and indigenous people, LGBTQ people, teens, and people with disabilities.  By building connections through several generations of childless people, we are building our own security for old age and young age alike.

We would like to have a deep relationship with land and learn the many life skills associated with this lifestyle. Ideally, we would like to purchase, but are open to other creative contracts. We would be very interested in considering a succession plan with aging farmers who would like to see their land pass to a passionate, loving, hard-working people. We are seeking a place that we can live while we farm, and bring our 3 cats and multiple fowl with us. We respect that there is history in the soil and in the trees, and we would like to make sure that history can be cultivated into the future. We hope to have a relationship with the original owners and gather their wisdom about the land, so their history can be honored. We envision listening carefully to what the land needs, be it restoration of depleted areas, building off-grid sustainability, or restoring wildlife populations.  We would like to also restore the buildings and create a working farm that is available to the community.

Logistically, we are a safe bet. The main cohort of 3 are gainfully employed in primary jobs, ensuring that we will be able to pay fees associated a contract. We all have a credit rating of 700 and above, and we can qualify for conventional loans.

Our current careers keep busy 2-4 days/week but we are very hard working in the mornings, evenings, and days we’re not chained to a desk.  We all have deep practice in honest and direct communication, accountability, and the ethics of being good people in community.

We’re interested to hear more about your vision and if we might be a good fit!

Kate, Bren, and Ray

What features of the property are essential?

We need housing with at least 2 bedrooms--we're old enough that we're beyond the years of living in a studio. We would like some infrastructure already in place for poultry to live and roam, and barns for tool storage. Some acreage that is able to be prepped or is ready for vegetable gardening, with access to water. Prefer to have established fruit trees/berries. Prefer access to power equipment if possible; we bring many of our own hand tools.

Describe your farming experience

1.5 years experience running a small CSA. Multiple backyard gardens of 1/8-1/4 acre growing a variety of organic vegetables. Over 12 years poultry management experience. Orchard pruning, fertilization, cultivation, and harvest experience. Organic soil amendment and improvement techniques, including no-till gardening. Nursery jobs throughout our lives, including seeding, thinning, potting-up, planting, irrigation. Over 4 years outbuilding and infrastructure carpentry experience. Some tool/equipment maintenance experience. 2 years equine management and care experience.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

Deepening our farm education especially in full season organic/permaculture farming technique, building a rotational farming practice that addresses pest control and soil conservation, continuing a CSA business plan, living on the farming property. Beginning relationships with aging farmers to determine if we are a good fit for succession planning.

What are your long term goals

Ultimately, our farm dream is to build sustained relationships between humans, community, and the farm, healing all through a web of reciprocity and mutual care. This vision means that our community would be able to come to the farm for work days, gathering celebrations, retreats, CSA pickup, and educational opportunities. In the future, we would want to own the property so we can build infrastructure to house our community as we age--many of us are childless, and we are building our own network for aging care and cultivating youth.

Describe your housing needs

We need a full house with at least a 2 br/1 ba, with laundry on site. We have 3 cats who must come with us.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Gorge, 5, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area, Neighboring States

Acreage desired:
5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres

Seeking land access by:
October 1, 2021

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Flowers, Goats, Herbs, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Poultry, Vegetables

Interested in these business arrangements:
Sale of Land, Lease-to-own, Lease with option to purchase

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
April 19, 2021

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