Seeking to lease up to 2 acres in Washington or Multnomah County


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Land Seeker Description

Hello!

I’m an experienced gardener and semi-pro hobby/commercial gardener seeking a personal plot large enough to grow vegetables, teas, and culinary herbs to feed myself, friends struggling due to the economic downturn, and my community. I am not looking to turn a profit, rather, put my skills to work to feed myself and those around me. I’m also looking to test plot a small flower garden for commercial/CSA production in the next five years.

I bring a wealth of experience with permaculture, vermiculture, aquaponics, and biodynamic farming with the goal of cultivating healthy soil alongside pollinator friendly practices. There’s the possibility I could cultivate bees on site as well as worms, mason bees, and indigenous pollinator plants like milkweed, checkermallow, penstemon and more. Additionally, I would be happy to incorporate a work trade if you’re in need of extra labor and/or someone to care for animals on the property.

 

More than anything, I’m hopeful to find a small and accessible spot where I can grow plants and cultivate community. If you have space, even if not specifically for farming/production, I’m very interested. Thank you!

 


What features of the property are essential?

Water for drip irrigation. Beyond that, it would be great if the soil is moderately ready for use.


Describe your farming experience

I've been farming in northern climes for my entire life with the bulk of my knowledge and experience stemming from my youth, under the tutelage of family. In years past, I've gardened in community plots and then graduated to intensive urban/small scale farming in my backyard. I have professional experience managing a public demonstration vegetable farm, medicinal garden, grain fields, historic orchard, and indigenous garden. I have a wealth of volunteer experience in habitat restoration in the Willamette Valley as well. I do everything by hand, bring my own equipment (unless leant equipment is offered) and incorporate machinery only when necessary.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

While I plan to grow for personal use and to support my community that's food insecure due to the economic downturn, I do plan to begin a flower CSA within the next five years. I intend for the CSA to operate as a nonprofit with a paid microenterprise internship program for youth who have experienced houselessness and proceeds serving various community organizations.


What are your long term goals

I intend to continue leveraging this space or others for personal consumption and to support my community as the economy recovers. I intend to mentor friends/community who are on a similar path and continue development of the nonprofit CSA flower farm.


Describe your housing needs

None, but I'm very open to this.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

Acreage desired:
Less than 1 acre, 1 - 5 acres

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Flowers, Grain, Herbs, Mushrooms, Vegetables, Other

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

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension, Conventional, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
December 7, 2020



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