I am currently enrolled at OSU, working on a Bachelor of Science in Food Science with minors in Horticulture and Entrepreneurship. I am working towards operating a sustainable Organic Certified market garden. This venture would utilize CSAs, Farmers’ Markets, and sale to grocers and restaurants to maximize revenue streams. My goal is to create a farm that incorporates annual vegetable production, as well as fruit, with a focus on kiwis, and orchards as specialty crops. I will also grow cut flowers as another means of revenue, and to promote pollinator populations. Livestock, such as chickens, turkeys, and goats will add yet another revenue stream. Lastly, I will create value added products to supplement the raw produce. These products may include honey, preserves, bread, and other fermented products. I hope to use these aspects of the farm to promote community engagement, and encourage people to learn about how food is grown. This farm will also provide an opportunity to practice sustainable techniques in caring for the land. The market opportunity in the community of McMinnville is ideal, so I am searching in the Yamhill County area, within 30 minutes of McMinnville.
Water rights, on-site well, livable residence, ease of access, ag zoning, loam soil
I have been gardening for eight years. I have been successful enough to donate my harvest consistently, due to surplus. I am also currently working on a 3 acre vineyard, where I maintain 5500 vines, as well as vegetable plots and a fruit tree orchard. My tasks include planting, pruning, fertilizing, weeding, IPM, harvesting, and other farm maintenance tasks. I have personal experience growing and curing a variety of peppers to make extra money. I also specialize in growing kiwis on a small scale.
The first thing I intend to do is establish an annual vegetable rotation that includes companion planting and cover cropping. I intend to incorporate cut flowers and fruit among the beds to increase diversity of seasonal products. I will use these products to build a CSA clientele, as well as gain entry into as many farmers' markets as possible. After the first year or two of growing I will begin growing mushrooms such as shiitake and oyster to add even more diversity in products, and reach out to local restaurants and organic grocers to bring in more sales. I will plant a plot of kiwis that will take 3-4 years to mature. This will add yet another profitable product as time progresses. Planting an orchard will also happen early on, but may be reserved for you-pick, along with flowers, berries, and herbs. This will help to encourage community engagement. The value added products will be added as reinvestment allows.
After five years I intend to have a consistent vegetable rotation. I also will have various berries producing for CSA and you-pick. My products will also include a variety of cut flowers and specialty mushrooms. By this point my kiwis will be producing and I will be turning my attention to fruit tree orchards that include apples, and cherries. This will be the point in which we will begin to incorporate value added products such as preserves and bread, as well as sauerkraut and pickles. Depending on reinvestment opportunity, I plan on starting a farm store to further encourage community engagement.
We are looking to live on the property on which we farm. This is a family venture, so we are looking for a house that we can grow into. This is also why I am looking for a larger property. We are expecting to grow here and build a foundation that will last and be active in the community.
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