I am an experienced farmer looking to move to Oregon. I’ve worked on three different organic farms, have had my own market garden, as well as now a side herbal business. I’m looking for a place to start small and eventually expand. I am looking to grow herbs but also want the eventual farm to be well diversified, including fruits, veggies, perennials, nuts, mushrooms and animals – grown with permaculture practices.
I’m a jack-of-all trades, and would be more interested in a work/trade agreement where housing and a bit of land would be provided in exchange for work. I am quite flexible with the work needed; any type of land caretaking, as well as carpentry and electrical work. I can send a resume and references if needed which could give the land owner a better idea of the skills and experience I have.
Water is definitely essential. I’m okay with figuring irrigation out as long as I have access to water. Structures like a barn that had space for a small utility cooler(s) would also be helpful. I’m open to eventually creating small structures to fit needs, if the land owner is okay with that.
It would be nice to have some pasture and some woodland, but I’m pretty open to other types of land.
I’m looking for soil that isn’t super sandy, but could make do if the soil has been amended and is in decent condition for growing food.
My farming experience started in 2012. I worked in Ireland on an organic farm for two different growing seasons, have worked on a small (maybe the smallest) dairy farm in the state making butter and buttermilk, a small organic farm with CSA and great regenerative practices, a small market garden, my own market garden, and two seasons on a 20 acre diversified organic farm. In addition, I have a lot of trade experience in carpentry and electrical, and some equipment maintenance experience, all of which I know is essential to a well running farm.
My short term plans would be to grow medicinal plants for my small business, but also grow fruits and vegetables which could also be sold if the amount of land allows. In the second season, I would like to add mushrooms and chickens (laying hens and some broiler chickens) to the mix.
I would be interested in raising larger animals. I’m mostly interested in sheep or goats, but would be open to a small herd of beef cows and/or pigs.
I would ideally like a small private space where I can cook, bathe and sleep, but am open to a private room and shared living spaces as well. I would like to not pay cash, but do work for the land owner in exchange for this.
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