Seeking to PURCHASE, LEASE TO OWN, OWC, OR CREATIVE SOLUTION for 2.5-7 ACRES in Benton County, near MONROE/JUNCTION CITY


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Land Seeker Description

38 year old gardener/”farmer as a 2nd job” for 15 years now.

  • My main barrier is the down payment necessary through land contract to get on raw land. If there was a house and I can swing a USDA or a FHO at the property, then things will be a lot easier, or if there is an OWC option. I have some liquid finances, but not in the 20%-30% dp that land lenders seem to be looking for. Unimproved land, ready to build but zoned so that we can have chickens land, Ag acreage that can have a dwelling land…a dilapadated fixer upper on 5 acres…all can be worked with.
  • My  main goal is to integrate composting, sheet mulching, culinary gardens, edible agroforestry, and silvopasture with mixed poultry pasturing and livestock conservancy breed poultry/waterfowl breeding.
  • It is a homestead and small plant nursery model, combined with mixed poultry pasturing, egg sales, small farm stand sales, direct sale, and agritourism.
  • From this I want to develop a small farmstand and market presence, and move into the second phase which is 4 seasonal educational events, and 4 seasonal high end farm to fork dining experiences. Agritourism. Make farming and fresh foods trendy again. Not reinventing the wheel, more like returning to farmstead style “fedges” or food hedges for fencerows, intentional grazing under some tree cover, riparian areas, appropriately aged manures to next years beds, things like that. Nowadays that is called helping to sequester or keeping carbon in cycle. At this point I will hopefully have a small plant nursery for herbs and natives and some trees for building the “fedges.” This would fall under the small nursery license zone it looks like.
  • As long as there are some trees, farmable land, and the necessary things like irrigation/water rights, ability to live and farm – then I can talk payments, down payments, balloon agreements, etc. My father is willing to help with payments and I have a few other supportive finances once a suitable property and land sale agreement is found.

I have lived in the area of Monroe Oregon for over 3 years and worked the local pizza joint, and my fiancé and I have been building up flocks of American Geese, buff and blue, and Welsh Harlequin ducks, Appleyard ducks, and investing in some equipment for plant germination, small cold frames, panel fencings, tposts, things that are modular. We also invested in several crops to test seasons in our area, likes, dislikes, etc. and came to find that we can do several types of superhot and rare peppers, many of the kole crops/brassicas, a lot of the food stuff necessary for things like kimchi, kraut, ferments, pickling, chutney etc.  We both have restaurants as our primary careers (I’m a “career split,” I’ve done everything from small dairy in the Midwest to mandarins outside Sacramento as a farmhand as well as restaurant management, high volume, boutique woodfired pizza, breweries, etc.).

The farm lot I am on in Monroe is no longer going to be available  so  I am looking to move on something where I can implement fruit and nut trees for silvopasture as well as food foresting, and install an area or a series of raised beds for intensive vegetable/staple produce gardening. Where I can get up to 20-30 ducks, 12-15 geese, 12-30 chickens, and maybe down the line a few specific breeds of turkey and an American Mammoth Jack.

‘Bout 1.5 acres for pasture (it includes trees and hedges), a place for a small dwelling minimal sq footage, and maybe an acre or two to do some specific agroforestry stuff. Hence looking for the 2.5-7 acres. I can squeeze down, but I sure would like the room to grow. Anyone have a lucky 7acres to let go of???

Lifelong here. Not trying to go anywhere but all over that property until I’m returned to the dirt myself haha!

There are a few options available but the down payment gap is too large for a starting farmer to muster loan on. To give an example, in one situation I looked at everything is there, but the house is non-financeable. If I had a business partner/angel investor, etc. I could probably make that existing situation doable, and save a property from being scraped.

 


What features of the property are essential?

Water rights for watering, and the ability to live where I am farming. It is a homestead and small plant nursery model, combined with mixed poultry pasturing, egg sales, small farm stand sales, direct sale, and agritourism.


Describe your farming experience

I have been a farmhand at a certified organic greenhouse for transplants, and market garden in the midwest, also participitated 4 years in a privately owned organic raw dairy herd organization (Ceres-Co farm and Walkerton IN dairy herd organization). I did hydroponic large scale tomato production in Michigan(McWethy Farms). I have done market produce outside Sacramento in Auburn (Pilz Produce, AMAZING small family operation) as a farmhand, running crops of squash, pumpkin, tomatoes, onions, summer squash, cucumbers, cut flowers predominately. Did mandarin picking as well and some pruning and clearing.  Ready to do my version of farming/regenerative agriculture and agroforestry/food foresting. Nothing flashy, but definitely a second job to retire into and live out until old as the soil. ha. Permaculture Design Certified through OAEC in California. 

We both (fiance/partner) have restaurants as our primary careers (I'm a "career split," I've done everything from small dairy in the midwest to mandarins outside Sacramento as a farmhand as well as restaurant management, high volume, boutique woodfired pizza, breweries,etc.).


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

I have lived in the area of Monroe Oregon for over 3 years and worked the local pizza joint, and my fiancé and I have been building up flocks of American Geese, buff and blue, and Welsh Harlequin ducks, Appleyard ducks, and investing in some equipment for plant germination, small cold frames, panel fencings, tposts, things that are modular. We also invested in several crops to test seasons in our area, likes, dislikes, etc. and came to find that we can do several types of superhot and rare peppers, many of the kole crops/brassicas, a lot of the food stuff necessary for things like kimchi, kraut, ferments, pickling, chutney etc. 

First 5 years is get those soft fruits and perennials in. Things like asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, all of the initial plantings for "fedges" or food hedges, herbs, begin building a 6-8 bed intensive gardening system with wire hoops over each for cold cover/season extension, build out germination stations, small greenhouse for plant starting. Aquire no less than 5 of each fruit tree desired, and get hazelnuts and chestnuts and walnuts in where they are appropriate. This way things can be grafted to root stock to increase any desired varieties for much cheaper down the line instead of having to buy 20 of everything outright. Also get the panels and tposts in somewhere and establish the feed, water, pasturing, etc. intially for the flocks of ducks and geese, and get the chickens going to work on soil. Install herbs, watering systems, swales, berms, edible landscaping. This way, each year, the farm stand and market offerings can diversify, or be redirected away from a lost crop as more infrastructure and farming ability are implemented. Meaning if the berries do good on year two but the carrots all went to crap, something can still go to market, but at the same time... the initial investments are focused on producing enough that there should be amounts that are marketable, not spreading too thin on too many crops.


What are your long term goals

Long term is to have established silvopasture rotation alongside food forest husbandry which will support everything from our waterfowl and poultry to ourselves, as well as allow for agritourism events incorporating seasonal farm to fork meals and cooking education. This way we can sell eggs for eating, and eggs for breeding, while conserving important breeds. This venture can/will include a separate professional/commercial kitchen if necessary. Permanent culture. Permaculture. This plus agroforestry. So a lot of the longer end goals are continuous rotation in response to seasonal and climate demands, as well as the available inputs and outputs each year. I would like to at 5 years begin providing enough data to be taken somewhat seriously by the carbon institute as far as moving towards a carbon sink or carbon neutral operation. Things like vermiposting, mushroom/truffle growing, specialty culinary crops, herb distilling, value added lines... all of these are available if established for 5-10 years and actively working the agritourism connections.

I am looking to move on something where I can implement fruit and nut trees for silvopasture as well as food foresting, and install an area or a series of raised beds for intensive vegetable/staple produce gardening.

Where I can get up to 20-30 ducks, 12-15 geese, 12-30 chickens, and maybe down the line a few specific breeds of turkey and an American Mammoth Jack. Bout 1.5acres for pasture, a place for a small dwelling minimal sq footage, and maybe an acre or two to do some specific agroforestry stuff. Hence looking for the 2.5-7acres. I can squeeze down, but I sure would like the room to grow. Anyone have a lucky 7acres to let go of??? Lifelong here. Not trying to go anywhere but all over that property until I'm returned to the dirt myself haha! There are a few options available but the down payment gap is too large for a starting farmer to muster loan on. To give an example, in one situation I looked at everything is there, but the house is non-financeable. If I had a business partner/angel investor, etc. I could probably make that existing situation doable, and save a property from being scraped. 


Describe your housing needs

Need to find a property that is RR, AG friendly etc. so that I can live and work on site as best as possible. Housing would be great. I do own a barn shed and and 12x 20 that I could truck there as an ADU if that is allowed or an ag labor house. So housing is a need. That has been the issue for us the almost 4 years we have been working and looking here.


What will you do as a farmer to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone on your farm and in your community?

For one, we will attempt to honor the earth, the neighbors, and the climate. For another we will be networking almost continuously with the local agritourism, and extension entities, as well as doing our best to utilize native plants, conservation livestock breeds, etc. We come from the food business and gardening so providing that joy as a bridge to others is important to us.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5, South Willamette Valley, Portland Area

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

Seeking land access by:
March 31, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Flowers, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Vegetables, Vineyard, Other

Interested in these business arrangements:
Sale of Land, Lease-to-own, Other

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
March 14, 2022



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