Seeking Partnership or Lease on 5+ acres in Lane County


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Land Seeker Description

Hello

My family and I are seeking to lease or partner on 5+ acres near Eugene. We are a family of three- I am the primary farmer, my partner is the builder and maintenance person in the family and our 10 year old daughter just wants to be surrounded by lots of animals on a daily basis.

I am currently a sheep shearer and have a few years experience as hired farm labor on small diversified farms. I absolutely love shearing sheep and would like to expand this love into shepherding. Through study and research I have come to the integration of trees and forest products with sheep in a silvopasture system as the most ideal, adaptable and regenerative way to keep sheep and restore health on the land. Study is wonderful but now is the time to learn by doing and so I am seeking land on which to pursue this.

My most ideal situation is to find a lease or partnership on land that could benefit from this system, that has housing or the potential for housing to be built and in a perfect situation an owner willing to mentor or a partner willing to learn together. Bonus if there are other kids on the farm or children that live nearby!

*Note- my family and I are currently abroad. My partner works online and so we took this opportunity to explore other cultures and so our daughter could learn another language. After a year she is bilingual! I have been shearing sheep and learning about shepherding in Europe as well as exploring my Swedish ancestry of herds-women and forest farming. After a year and a half we are feeling a pull toward home (we had lived in Eugene for 10 years). Our goal is to move home to a farm but our timeline is flexible. We own a house in Eugene and so do have a home base in the area. We are 9 hours ahead of Oregon time and can communicate effectively via email, Skype, Whatsapp, Google Chat or another such service. Looking forward to connecting!


What features of the property are essential?

Pasture is the most essential while barns, water rights, woodland, electricity are all ideal but not deal breakers.


Describe your farming experience

I have two years of experience as a farm hand on small, organic and diverse farms and also two years as a sheep shearer. I have non-ag related business ownership experience and am currently taking online courses in farm start-up and management.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

My short term goal is to lease, partner or lease to own 5-10 acres around Eugene, Oregon for a small flock of sheep (breed depending on the land) and through experience learn more about rotational grazing and the implementation of silvopasture. Within two years I would like to be milking the sheep and producing yogurt as well as selling meat, lambskins, wool and self made wool products. It is also my goal to gain farm management experience that can be used in securing a loan towards my long term goal of land stewardship. In the short term my partner and I expect to earn off farm income via our current employment.


What are your long term goals

My long term goal is to steward land that can support and would benefit from a regenerative silvopasture system that could include fruit, nut, timber trees and other forest products in partnership with sheep. My goal is to be producing and selling to the local community forest products (according to what the land is capable of hosting and would benefit from) as well as sheep yogurt, lamb meat, lambskins, wool and wool products.


Describe your housing needs

Ideally I am looking for property with housing or with the ability for housing to be added. My partner is our family builder and would contribute to the farm in building and maintenance projects which could include building us a house. We have lived in tiny and self built houses before and so are fairly flexible in our housing needs. Housing could be a yurt, tiny house on wheels, cabin, converted barn etc.


What will you do as a farmer to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone on your farm and in your community?

I strive to be welcoming to all human and non human people. I do my best and accept feedback when I don't succeed. <3

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5

Acreage desired:
5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres, 21+ acres

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Dairy, Fiber Animals, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Sheep

Interested in these business arrangements:
Sale of Land, 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, Dry Farming, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
February 27, 2024



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