Small-scale diverse vegetable farmer looking for land lease/trade


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Land Seeker Description

I currently farm on a 1/4 acre in NE Portland at an incubation farm. I opened my small farm business 2 years ago and provide CSA shares and do market sales during the season. I am looking to lease and/or work with folks who own land and are looking for their area to be farmed on. I use organic practices with minimal tillage and cover crops. I grow diverse vegetables, dry beans, and grow herbs and spices. I am trying out small-scale grain production this year and will incorporate it into my yearly plan if it goes well.


What features of the property are essential?

Access to water. Ability to work with owners to get barns/structures built on site if they aren't already. Electricity access would be pretty important as well.


Describe your farming experience

I learned how to farm in the Willamette Valley and have worked on two farms in the past ten years. I've always had full time jobs when I've been farming so I know how to farm small and slow. I started my own farm business two years ago and get to implement everything I've learned.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

My short-term goals for my farm business is to continue the CSA I started last year and serve the community through there. I also have started a youth internship program where I have two young people learn how to farm and also gain political education at the same time. For use of the land, I'm interested in creating areas for annual vegetable production and areas for perennial plants to also get established to help with pollination, soil quality and health, and ecological habitat health. In the next five years, I'd also like to build a chicken coop and start incorporating laying hens into the farming practices and CSA offerings. If the land doesn't have a barn or storage capacity, short-term plans would be to see if we could construct infrastructure on site. Items like a wash-pack station for harvest, a pole barn, shipping containers for storage of tools, and a greenhouse for seed starting and season extension. These are all short-term plans because it would be great to get these items established in the first two years of being on the land if they aren't already there.


What are your long term goals

Long term plans include figuring out how to incorporate more animals onto the farm. One of my dreams is to raise animals for fiber such as sheep and spin my own yarn. I'd also like to see about small-scale dairy production and how feasible that would be to happen on a small-scale.


Describe your housing needs

I don't have any housing needs.

Additional Land Seeker Details

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

Acreage desired:
Less than 1 acre, 1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Orchard/Fruit, Vegetables

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease-to-own, Lease for cash, Lease for trade, Partnership

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
March 18, 2021



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