Seeking LONG TERM lease of .5-3 acres for Tea Plant (Camillia Sinensis) Production


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Land Seeker Description

Hello!

I moved to Oregon in 2018 to work on a diversified animal, orchard, berry, and vegetable production farm in Corbett, OR. After working full time for the full farming season, come Winter I transitioned into living in the city of Portland. After taking some small scale agriculture classes, I have been working on on determining in what capacity I want to continue farming. My vision is to long term lease property for tea plant cultivation. This operation will be small at first as I test out different varieties, and will require at least three years before the first leaf harvest. Much like an orchard, I will not need to be present at the location for long stretches during the winter months, and will be more present in the warmer months, and for leaf harvest. I will not need access to heavy machinery or other farm equipment. I will need access to drip irrigation.

Looking for someone committed to their land who can offer a long term lease with guarantee of transfer in case of property sale way down the road. Additionally, since this is a long term partnership it is important that we get along! Hoping to have more than just a business relationship, but also friendliness! Especially if you would be open to work-trade.

I would be interested in lease to own.

Hoping to profit share down the line, work-trade, or pay yearly lease sum in cash.

 

Thanks for reading!

Corinne


What features of the property are essential?

Irrigation, open land for cultivation, well draining soil, organic (certified or non-certified)


Describe your farming experience

I have worked 3 farm seasons. I spent 2 seasons working at small urban gardens practicing compact vegetable gardening and some orcharding. I spent 1 season from early spring until winter production farming meat, eggs, fruit, berries, and vegetables.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

In the first five years my goal is to experiment with different tea plant varieties, work with the soil on sight, and learn more about the drying and curing process of making tea. In year 3 I will be able to have my first harvest and create a small business.


What are your long term goals

I plan on being a top of the line tea producer, producing fresh and dried local tea of several different styles (white, oolong, black, fresh, etc) in Oregon. Currently, if you order or purchase tea it is all imported from across the globe. Oregon residents prize local and sustainable produced artisan products and tea cultivation is niche largely unexplored in this region. I plan on making tea production a profitable business and dry all tea with on sight equipment (purchased by myself).


Describe your housing needs

No housing required.

Additional Land Seeker Details

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

Acreage desired:
Less than 1 acre, 1 - 5 acres

Seeking land access by:
June 1, 2020

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Other

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease-to-own, Lease with option to purchase, Lease for cash, Lease for trade, Partnership

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
December 9, 2019



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