Seeking Work to Live, Lease to Own, or any Creative Solution: 5-40 acres in Oregon or Washington for Permaculture Farm Business


Land Seeker Description

Our names are Derrick, Halsi, and Holt Harris, we are a young family searching for land to farm. Our goal is to create a permaculture farm business centered around traditional plant medicine (non-cannabis, although infested in Hemp) and food crops including root vegetables, leafy greens, berries, fruit trees, and more. We’re also interested in integrating live stock: ie: chicken, goats, bees etc. to the farm.

Right now we have a small urban permaculture farm where we grow medicinal plants (non-cannabis) for our self care business Five Elements Apothecary, and food for our family. We have out grown this space and need to expand ASAP. Our tiny farm house will be done this summer, so housing will not be an issue. The house is on a trailer and will have solar, rain water catchment, and a composting toilet that can be utilized if allowed.

We want to build up our current business by expanding into herbal teas, tinctures, etc. and sell dried medicinal plants in the wholesale market along with veggies via CSA, farmer markets, to restaurants, etc. The farm will also be a place of education for the community, especially children as we are already teaching our young son the importance of food/land security, organic permaculture farming practices, and herbalism.

As life long residents of Oregon, we have been saddened by the fact that buying land here at this point seems impossible for us. With prices constantly rising and rigid land use laws making it increasingly difficult to obtain land in our home State. If any of you luck land owners out there are interested in keeping your land agriculture based for the long term and want to help a couple in their 30’s with a young son fulfill their dreams, let us know.

You can visit our website to find out more about us and our goals. Or find us on social media @fiveelementsapothecary for our business or @halsiharris for personal.

What features of the property are essential?

Water rights and on-site well are preferred.

Describe your farming experience

We have been urban farming for 4+ years in Portland, OR using organic permaculture practices. Growing a wide variety of plants from traditional garden vegetables to obscure medicinal plants and fruit trees. Derrick has worked in nurseries and as a commercial arborist.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

Our plan for the first year would be to build permaculture infrastructures, transfer plants from our farm and plant new ones where needed. We would then grow our current medicinal plant business from there. Years 2-5 we would expand into the produce, egg, and goat milk market selling via CSA, farmers markets, to restaurants, etc.

What are your long term goals

Long term we would like to have a farm that is also an international community and tourist destination where farmers of all ages and experience can come to live, work, learn, and be one with Mother Earth. The farm would have a restaurant, brewery, lodging and education center all built using sustainable methods such as earthen style, cob, and other modern innovative techniques.

Describe your housing needs

We have a tiny house that will be done this summer. It will have solar, rain water catchment, and a composting toilet. However basic electrical, water, and septic/sewer is always accepted if necessary.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Central, Coastal, 5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area, Neighboring States

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres, 21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
April 29, 2019

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Cattle, Dairy, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Goats, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Hogs, Horses, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables, Vineyard, 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:
Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
July 12, 2019

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