I am fairly new to farming. I spent five years working in the wine production business in Oregon, then this past year I worked as a single-operator on a 10 acre blueberry farm. I now want to start my own farm that focuses on garlic, but recognize that it will take me serveral growing seasons to establish enough seed stock to where I can make a profitable business. I am an avid gardener but my horticultural interests have outgrown my small suburban lot. I am looking to utilize/establish permanent beds that are used on a rotational basis to grow garlic and other crops.
As a father to a young growing family I am looking to gain experience, improve land, utilize natural farming practices as much as possible, and still have a flexible schedule to be with my family. I live in Beaverton and need to have a short commute to my daughter’s school and my home. I believe in biodiversity, natural farming, leaving living things growing in the ground at all times, and fully believe a farm should be a beautiul and inviting place for both people and wildlife.
Availability to water (minimal). Some barn space to store equipment (minimal). Electricity would be nice but not necessary.
I spent 6 month as the single-operator on a 10 acre organic blueberry farm. I have read/researched a lot and have maintained a backyard garden for five years.
My first goal this Spring is to establish pemanent beds for growing crops rotationally. Starting in the fall I will want to start growing out enough seed garlic (multiplying over a few seasons) so I can generate revenue. I plan on planting flowers, perennials, herbs and cover crops to beautify the land, attract biodiversity, and get the beds ready to be planted with garlic. Additionally, I would like to establish hedgerows and permanent walkways so the farm feels usable and loved as soon as possible.
Farm garlic, herbs, and other specialty crops for local sale. Create a business that may even be multi-locational, and creates part-time jobs in the community.
None needed; have permanent housing in Beaverton
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