seeking small to medium acreage, lease or purchase, flexible as to location


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Land Seeker Description

66 year-old experienced couple looking for small acreage on which to grow our own food in a manner in which all crops and animals fit together holistically, using organic methods and respect for the land itself and the creatures upon it. Long-term is a plus, remoteness is fine. We are open to alternative forms of compensation and exchange.


What features of the property are essential?

water, a modest home, and freedom from any toxins from prior farmers.


Describe your farming experience

As a child, we usually had a huge homestead garden, and I spent some summers on my grandparents ten-acre subsistence fram in the Oregon Coast Range. I worked for several food-producing farms over the years, primarily with organic methods, throughout the Pacific Northwest. This included orchards, production and retail nurseries, large and small organic farms, seed farms and my own multi-crop operations.
In 1989 I moved to coastal Alaska, where I produced organic garden seed as well as vegetables for market and restaurants. Much of my marketing has been through farmers' markets, but not all. I also tried to always grow enough free food for neighbors and community members who could use it.
I teach homestead gardening, especially focused on foks who have challenges in achieving their personal food security and nutritive needs. I've been blessed with the opportunity to share these techniques and ideas with immigrants, returning veterans, single parents, and the disabled. The last dozen years I myself have walked with a cane, and have developed ways in which orthopedically-challenged people can raise enormous amounts of food. People of all ages and abilities need to eat, and as prices continue to rise, I feel we should teach people how to be food-independent rather than just customers. I've tried to supply folks with the knowledge, practice , seed, and sometimes "starter" small livestock and follow-up advice and emotional support. As time goes on, my approach has become one of a large -scale gardener who has discovered that food growing is therapeutic as well as supportive and sustaining.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

We would like to follow a model I learned from my grandparents, in which we continually strive for near-total food self-sufficiency, yet produce enough extra to: sell some through farmers' marekets or neighborhood sales to augment our social security income, and to give food to those who need it.
My experience with milk goats and chickens allow us to include those creatures successfully on a small parcel of land, using the methods I learned from my grandparents and a few ideas I discovered along the way. Small livestock is a wonderful part of the homestead life cycle.


What are your long term goals

To continue to follow the basic short-term plan while preparing others to take an increasing role on land we have been stewards of.
This could include the building of disabled-friendly garden beds for our august years.


Describe your housing needs

bedroom, kitchen, sitting area

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Coastal, Eastern, Gorge, 5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Berries, Fiber Animals, Goats, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Mushrooms, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Sheep, Vegetables

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, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
April 2, 2021



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