Seeking to lease 3 – 10 acres in Washington, Yamhill, or Deschutes Counties


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Land Seeker Description

I have been farming, working at plant nurseries, and backyard gardening for the past 15 years. I completed a certificate in Ecological Horticulture program in 2005 at the University of Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable food systems. I am currently working part time at Full Plate Farm in Ridgefield Washington growing tomatoes and chicories for wholesale as well as growing a diversity of crops for their winter CSA. I’m looking for land to grow fruit trees as well as other perennial and annual crops.


What features of the property are essential?

Irrigation infrastructure, electricity.


Describe your farming experience

I became interested in horticulture while working at a retail plant nursery in high school. I then began volunteering on farms in Colorado, Tennessee, and North Carolina during my college years. I then went to University of Santa Cruz to complete the apprenticeship program at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable food systems. After completing that program I worked on various small farms in California (Central Coast and Bay Area) and created a kitchen gardening business. In recent years I have been working seasonally on a farm in southern Washington called Full Plate Farm that has a winter CSA and also grows heirloom tomatoes and chicories for sale at New Seasons and Providore.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

I'd like to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables for sale to local markets and restaurants. I'm particularly interested in cultivating fruit trees, tomatoes, greens, flowers, and mushrooms. I'd approach the first 5 years as a series of experiments getting to know the land and testing out the market/profitability for various crops. I'm willing to lease during this time.


What are your long term goals

I'd like to eventually produce and sell value-add products such as beverages and fermented foods. I'm also interested in potentially providing educational experiences and programs.


Describe your housing needs

It would be ideal to have a 1-2 bedroom residence I can live in, but it is not necessary.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Central, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Bees, Berries, Flowers, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Vegetables, Vineyard

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

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

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



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