My name is Kent, and I am in search of a farming partnership within an hour’s drive of Portland. I have a background in small-medium scale organic animal and vegetable farming, value-added startups, butchery, and food service. My philosophy of the land is most closely aligned with Wendell Berry and biodynamic approaches. For me, it’s a working lifestyle, and I would like to find a way to integrate the constructive and healing aspects of land management with my long-term plans to become a therapist. I will begin Portland State University’s Masters in Social Work Program Fall 2021. My hope is to bring together my vocational interest in counseling and my experience in agriculture to promote societal healing among veteran and immigrant populations.
That’s the big picture! For now, I am interested in taking on a medium responsibility role in animal husbandry and vegetable production while I work my way through school. I moved to Portland a year and a half ago. While I love the access to food and culture here, I’m not a city person. With the start of an academic program, I would like to transition out of town and to take on some farming responsibilities to balance out the heady work I will be doing.
Please feel free to contact me if you think we would be a good match, or if you are considering ways to develop or maintain your current operation. I could bring a some creative energy to your vision, or I would be happy to carry out an already rolling operation. My related background in farming, carpentry, grain milling, wood milling, farmers market management, machinery maintenance brings a lot to the table. I also have broader experience in international peace work, studies in peace ethics, seminary studies, immigration law, and food service management. I have a strong commitment to sustainable food systems and to social justice. Let’s talk!
Pasture, vegetable gardening plot, water, farm equipment, housing, a dog-friendly location.
I have developed both market/CSA and educational gardens from the ground up; created livestock infrastructure and overseen animal husbandry (sheep, rabbits, chickens, ducks, hogs, etc.); managed a local farmers market; designed and built a commercial kitchen for baking, canning, and lactofermentation of farm produce; experienced butcher and chef with specialization in charcuterie and woodfired baking. I have also recently partnered with a close friend in an Alaskan milling operation, in the interest of considering a woodworking business. Currently, I am working as a carpenter and I have previously taken on building projects as part of farm development.
In the short-term, my farming goals are to partner with a small-scale operation while I pursue a social work degree. I would be open to assisting with development of infrastructure and business planning, or to simply carry responsibility for livestock husbandry and vegetable production. I am planning to begin Portland State University's Social Work Program Fall 2021. My hope is to settle into an arrangement that will allow me to pursue these studies while also spending 10-20 hours per week farming. While my head is in the books, I would also like to have a practical outlet and a potential side business that could support me.
Long-term, I hope to create an ecotherapy practice with immigrant or veteran populations. I would like to synthesize my backgrounds in peacemaking, immigration law, farming, and counseling through a creative approach to mental health treatment. I would hope to continue living on and pursuing an agricultural lifestyle. My practice would likely take place off-site, while I maintain a small-medium scale farm operation.
I am interested in living on-site, in housing on the property or a tiny house. I have a background in carpentry, and this is my current occupation. So I would be open to fabricating a living quarters.
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