Seeking Purchase or Lease: 100+ Acres in Western Oregon, (Linn, Lane, Benton, Marion, Yamhill, Washington, Columbia, Polk)


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Land Seeker Description

Dreamcatcher Community Farm provides mentoring opportunities, education and a community of support which encourages heritage preservation, sustainable agricultural practices and social entrepreneurship incubation for individuals who seek alternative ways of achieving personal and social success while building a better future within an inclusive sustainable community, thereby creating a blueprint for similar endeavors and promoting ecological, social and personal healing.

We are currently looking for land to begin building our physical location. The farm is planned to be a place where community members can engage with the work and culture of heritage farming while learning skills for building a positive future for ourselves and our communities and engaging with a supportive group of fellow community members.

The ideal piece of land for us will be farmable land in Western Oregon, between the Cascades and the Coast Range and north of Douglas County. It will be 100 plus acres and will have a forested portion as well as a water feature. It would be wonderful to have pre-existing buildings but it is not strictly necessary.


What features of the property are essential?

Water rights and a water feature would be very useful. Woodland would be very useful. existing barn, house or other structures would be useful. Office space and shop space would be very useful.


Describe your farming experience

I grew up on a 3/4 acre that my mom turned into a productive garden and orchard. I grew up helping in the garden and taking care of and harvesting the fruit and nut trees. Later my parents moved to 10 acres in a neighboring town and my mom began raising goats, sheep, cattle, chickens, horses, turkeys, vegetables and fruit. Now they live in Douglas County on 21 acres and raise goats, chickens, ducks, vegetables, fruit and berries. I have helped my mom with all aspects of her farming practices and she has now joined the board of Dreamcatcher Community Farm in order to guide the organization in the capacity of our farming master.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

Year one - Attract board members and community members. Create bylaws, strategic plan and other founding documents. Finalize and publish website. Attain USDA Farm Ownership loan, attain Oregon Community Foundation grant. Research and apply for other seed grants.
Year two - Continue activities of the previous year, reassess strategic plan. Begin program orations.
Year three - Continue activities of the previous two years and continue to perform program operations, begin planning for first fundraising event.
Year four - Continue activities of the previous three years, reassess strategic plan, continue to perform program operations and hold first fundraising event.
Year five - Continue activities of the previous four years, continue to perform program operations, hold second fundraising event.


What are your long term goals

In the second five year period we will achieve financial stability, have a full staff of community members, we will have a vibrant and thriving organization. We will have founded our wellness center, our farming and agricultural museum and our Dreamcatcher Community Art and Craft Fair is an annual event that draws in interest in our programs as well as funding.


Describe your housing needs

Any pre-existing buildings will be helpful but are not necessary.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5, North Willamette Valley

Acreage desired:
21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
June 15, 2021

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Cattle, Dairy, Fiber Animals, Goats, Herbs, Hogs, Horses, Mushrooms, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables, Vineyard, Other

Interested in these business arrangements:
Sale of Land, Lease-to-own, Lease with option to purchase, Lease for cash

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
April 26, 2021



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