I’ve dreamt of farming and living off grid or out in the country since childhood. Originally from a midwest farm area, I want to get back to quiet rhythm of nature and nurture and it is not possible in a city. I crave for seeing stars at night and having space and not being surrounded by light pollution and too many humans in one area. Seeking peace and solitude where I can be an asset to the community through my knowledge, skills, or trading products from my farm. I’d love having some land that is workable and productive for basic foods/crops, animals, maybe even horses. I am finally reaching out in attempts for manifestation and hope the stars will align. I left the midwest in 2000 after graduating high school, have been on the west coast since, had a child 2003, began college at College of the Redwoods in Eureka for Plant Science and hopes of one day getting a PhD to study cannabis as it is a wonder medicine. Became pregnant again in 2004 and moved to Portland where we could afford having another kid. I kept up at college here at PCC then PSU, second child born 2005 and the third in 2007, all while in college, never got my PhD or any degree but DID get HUGE student loan debt and a lot of other life lessons. In college I’d studied many classes related to agriculture, plant science, biodiversity in Pacific Northwest, sustainable ag, pac nw native american history, politics/economics:(, and gardening. The father of my kids is/was no help, was abusive and my story is basically a textbook domestic violence case that lasted for 17 years off and on. Its been 3 years since he’s been around and I am really needing to get back to nature to unwind. I envision a gorgeous area where I am able to hopefully own land one day(without bank loans but seek a private loan sales contract or trade situation. I’d love to have 20+ acres but would be happy with anything that is helpful. I currently live in Portland and could right now spend half a week here and half at a farm if there is an older couple that needs help, etc? My parents are elderly and live in Florida so I miss them greatly and would love to be useful and helpful to anyone in need. For finances-sake, I would probably need to maintain working here and my home here so my kids have stability. Until I can make a farm profitable or bring my creative wood working and functional craft skills to the community I need to be able to guarantee cash if work trade is not an option. I am looking far ahead and can’t wait to get out of the city so I’m being 100% upfront about my possible time commitment and understand part time farming isn’t ideal–but maybe there is someone out there with the perfect situation and land for me? My kids are almost adults. They all support my vision of getting my farm and peace far away and them maintaining our affordable apartment here in Portland while they all go to college. Ideally, housing and barns, etc on property is great as I am just starting out. But I am ok with a fifth wheel until I can build a small cabin or tiny home someday. Mentorship would be wonderful as well.
on site private well is nice, irrigation structures are nice, barns and mechanic shops are great!!, Woods and trees would be wonderful!, some workable soil would be helpful, willing to work with the bare necessities and make compostable toilet/ solar electricity if needed?
I've worked as a landscaper and gardener as well as housekeeper and painter. I love skills acquistion and learning useful things. I worked in retail nursery/greenhouse and helped with cashier and plant maintenance there. I've helped in post cannabis growth in manicuring. I do great with demolishing brush...like a goat kinda, but use a machete. It's great for tension relief. I've taken many college courses in a wide array of agriculture and farming related topics and am eager as hell to put the knowledge to use. I am an able bodied, freakishly strong woman that can handle hard work and think I'd be ok with farming for a living some day.
Check with neighbors to see what is needed locally so I can be helpful. Use that info and look into untapped or needed markets locally and see what I can do to provide needed things. Second hand store? Baker of cookies? FIgure out building a hemp crete or alpaca wool processing factory? Greenhouses for everyone's hemp or cannabis starts? Elderly population in a small town?-Set up a rural meals on wheels and home helper? Grow cucumbers for pickles for everyone? Bees needed? Fruit tree starts? Fresh, raw goat milk? with delivery? Help transporting goods from local farms to city? I am up for anything that will be helpful AND get me out of Portland. I have lived in the same place since 2005 and feel I have been to hell and back...but haven't really left my block other than to work or shop for groceries.
Be maintaining and living on a functional piece of property that helps serve the local community regularly while meeting financial needs and living with nature, sustainably raising animals and food and making natural products and meals from those crops.
Housing preferred. Living can be lush, simple, primitive, or I can build tiny home/cabin/ bring fifth wheel?
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