Seeking leased land with housing or lease to own in Southern Oregon


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Land Seeker Description

I am an experienced permaculture based farmer looking for at least an acre of  non-certified or certified organic land with pet friendly housing available to either lease (ideally long term) or lease to own. I have over five years of experience operating and managing farms, farm animal sanctuaries, plant nurseries and market gardens on everything from an acre to 25 acres. My primary focus is on sustainable land stewardship, using closed loop, biosecure systems while providing havens for pollinators and rebuilding and increasing soil fertility. I use no-till methods to cultivate vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, fruit, and cut flowers. Ideally I would like to lease between ten and twenty acres with a two or three bedroom house and a green house or hoop house, have the ability to implement aquaculture systems and work on riparian areas, and eventually have a small number of chickens, ducks, sheep, goats, and a few cows or a horse but I would be happy to have access to adequate space to plant trees, have market gardens, and a green house. Irrigation isn’t a necessity but would be welcomed.  I have successfully completed the coursework and am currently in the process of completing the final design needed to obtain my PDC through the Permaculture Education Center and have a background in environmental non-profit work and sustainable fashion design. I  am also in the final year of  my degree program in Environmental Science with a concentration in Conservation and Natural Resources Management.  I plan on teaching, selling produce through local farmers markets along with value added products, wholesaling to local restaurants, starting an apothecary and eventually starting a food truck business. I currently make and sell upcycled clothing and natural skin care products and teach children’s nature based classes.  My  husband is a veteran and a sous chef with over twenty years of experience, he is also a certified Honda and Kawasaki technician and has extensive experience caring for farm animals and building gardens.  We homeschool our ten year old son. We have a seven year old spayed Australian Shepherd Corgi mixed dog who is fully farm trained, indoor fixed cats who are over ten years old, and a guinea pig. We are trying to stay within commuting distance to Redding, CA as I am acting medical power of attorney for my grandparents who live in the veterans home there but are also willing to travel. We have dedicated our lives to living in tune with nature and in symbiosis with the natural systems and elements in our ecosystem and protecting and restoring biodiversity within the ecosystem.  Our ethics guide our practices and actions.  We would appreciate the opportunity to have mentors or partners, but are also completely comfortable operating independently. We are also fairly flexible about the lease arrangement and are open to different options. We can pay cash to lease, or for leasing to own, or purchase through a VA mortgage eventually or owner carry, do partial or full work trade, share cropping, work as employees, or take on a management position or a partnership.  Please feel free to contact me via email at nicoleschofield@protonmail.com to connect and discuss everything in more detail. Thank you!


What features of the property are essential?

No conventional pesticide or herbicide use for the last eight to ten years, on site private well access would be ideal.


Describe your farming experience

I managed a commerical green house and plant nursery for a year and had private gardening clients with market gardens, I owned a non-certified organic farm and farm animal sanctuary for five and a half years, and I lived on a farm while growing up for two years and helped with farm work. I worked as a landscaper for a year. I have done backyard gardening and homesteading for at least ten years. I am in the process of completing my PDC and degree in Environmental Science.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

Short term plans would be to grow and produce vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs, fiber, natural dyes, mushrooms, cut flowers, value added products, and seedlings to sell at farmers markets and to supply local restaurants. Additional plans would be starting a floral business, an apothecary, and a food truck and selling value added products at festivals, events, local stores, and online. I also want to expand my sustainable fashion line with more fiber arts products. In addition I plan on designing, offering sustainable landscaping and gardening services, writing and selling a book, teaching permaculture, homesteading, and fiber arts classes as well as having a permaculture skills day camp for children.


What are your long term goals

I would like to branch out into hosting therapeutic and educational retreats for veterans and women. I would also like to start a farm to table restaurant locally and grow most of the ingredients on our farm.


Describe your housing needs

I am looking for a two, three or four bedroom house with space for storage. A one bedroom home could also work if there was additional storage space available.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Coastal, , Southern, Neighboring States

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres

Seeking land access by:
March 21, 2019

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

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease-to-own, Lease with option to purchase, Lease for cash, 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:
March 18, 2019



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