I am a single 57 year old male, full time college welding instructor at Clackamas Community College. I currently reside in Portland with a camper on a leased farm in Beavercreek and a flock of 5 sheep. The camper allows me to stay on site and tend the sheep during the days I work at the college. I am looking to lease 5-15 acres with pasture for the sheep to roam. Water requirements would be small but essential. An existing small barn or some type of out building would be ideal, but I could build a legal shed if permissable. I just started farming in October, getting my starter flock in December of 2020. I purchased a ram and 2 ewes from a local farmer. The ewes had been bred last fall so I now have an additional 2 healthy lambs, 2 months of age. The farm where I’m currently at is crowded with cows and goats. This makes it difficult to have any control over my flock. I have to separate the sheep to feed them or they are easily overpowered by the cows and goats. I would like to relocate to a farm in Clackamas Co or not more than 1 hr drive from Oregon City. Fencing would be required and I could provide some of that as well as repair and maintenance of any existing fencing.
I would require access to water in the form of a small well, a small barn for max. 20 sheep flock, pasture size will determine the size of the flock (3-4 sheep per acre max). Electricity is preferred but not essential. I ve been doing just fine with generator and solar (been off grid farming since last October) I plan to do an organic type of operation with the sheep, using the minimum amount of chemicals). All waste will be disposed of off site.
I grew up on a farm in Western Pennsylvania, just ducks, chickens, trout and a large garden. Then we moved to the city for high school after my parents divorced and my Dad kept that farm, my Mom bought a dairy farm which she operated for twenty years. I was there frequently to help out in between farm hands but never really lived there. I have experience with small family subsistence farming and industrial dairy farming (60-80 head of cattle) I've been raising chickens in Portland for 3 years to get back into the lifestyle. It never really gets out of your blood after you leave the farm.
I plan to divide the plot into 2-3 smaller pastures to rotate the sheep to protect the land and let the grass grow. I would like to have the freedom to stay onsite in a backpack camper as needed to take of care the animals. My Ford F350 and camper would be able to stay onsite. The chickens need to move so I would build a coop and pen for 5 chickens. I am able to provide expert welding skills at the farm as I have 30 years of experience including being the Adv. Welding/Welding Fabrication Instructor at CCC, and an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector for the past 9 years.
I would like to possibly retire to this land in a few years. Camper living is suitable for me but I would like to maybe invest in a "tiny home" either on wheels or located on a foundation. That's pretty much what I have now with the camper but it is a bit cramped. I would like to continue to raise sheep for meat for myself and sell off whatever excess I have to keep the flock viable. A small garden plot would be in the plans. I have adult children who are interested in this but they have their own careers and would only be occasional visitors to the farm.
None, I'm totally self contained as described above.
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