Hi, my name is Paul and I am a Junior at Oregon State University. I am interested in finding some land to lease that would be suitable for a small market gardening operation and/or meat chickens on pasture. My goal after I graduate is to find a several year or possibly longer lease in order to scale up my farming operations. I would prefer a landowner who would be open to working with me to design and implement a longer term perennial system, but this is not a requirement.
Some infrastructure that would be helpful would be a good water source for irrigation, a small structure for tool/material storage and processing, and a greenhouse.
I grew up on a small family farm where we raised our own meats, veggies, fruits, and berries. I grew up working with my family and being involved in all of these processes for home consumption. My family still farms 6 acres of orchards, pasture for milk goats, large veggie production, and berry gardens. There is 14 acres managed for timber.
I joined the Marine Corps after High School and developed many desirable characteristics for making a living off the land such as leadership, time management, organization, strong work ethic, and professionalism. I learned a lot from my enlistment.
After the armed forces I became interested in farming, as food and nutrition was always important to me. This developed into a strong passion for the environment, ecology, sustainable agriculture, and living close to these things. I spent 4 years after the military working on organic market farms and teaching outdoor education to many ages of students. I have worked on several organic farms throughout Western Oregon and have worked closely with the farmers learning as much as I can about how to plan and execute a working farming model.
My main focus as an educator has been ecology, urban gardening, perennial food systems, soil science, watershed science, environmental restoration, appropriate technology, and site design. I worked for almost three years before starting school as a site coordinator and educator for a non-profit organization. I coordinated volunteers and maintained our gardens, fruit trees, berry plantings, compost piles, and native plant gardens. I taught programs about gardening, soil building, composting, pruning, native plants, restoration, and ecology.
My school coursework has helped me sharpen some of my land management skills including the economics of land management, soil science, hydrology, ecological restoration, forest/woodland management, and systems design. I also run my own business doing ecological and forestry services for landowners such as thinning, fuels reductions, and habitat restoration.
My primary goal would be to establish a functioning, profitable market garden up to 1 acre in size. I would also like to raise poultry for meat if this is an option. My focus would be on profitable, quick return crops with an overarching goal for improving the soil.
My long term goals would be to have an organized, marketable, functional farmstead. Ideally, this would be an integrated system where livestock can be grazed intensively to build soil among a network of productive trees, shrubs, hedgerows, and herbs. The long term goals really depend on location, but making a living selling farm products such as meat, fiber, nuts, berries, fruit, and herbs, and hosting educational programs. If I am in a lease to own situation, I would like to build a large greenhouse with a small dwelling attached.
I currently have housing in Corvallis, and would be looking to lease somewhere over the course of my senior year that is within reasonable daily driving distance.
After I graduate in summer of 2021, I would be interested in a lease with housing and a more long-term situation. I am flexible with housing and could
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