Space for no-till natural farming: Portland area (and beyond?)


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Land Seeker Description

We (Natalia and Erika) are inspired by farming practices that rejuvenate soil fertility, microbial life, plant immunity and surrounding ecosystems. While building soil and working systems that will support us financially, of equal priority is the regeneration of the land. We are looking for a spot in the very near future to begin this process: to grow food to sell while we are getting our bearings on how to implement a no-till organic (and eventually “natural”) system. Natalia’s background is primarily in mechanized organic that used the normal extensive cultivation by tractor. Our no-till knowledge is only through our backyard gardens and books, and we know there will be a learning curve to do it on a large scale and make a business out of it.

While completing grad programs in somatic psychology and deep diving into how trauma affects our individual and collective bodies, including that of the land, we rediscovered the work of Masanobu Fukuoka and were reinspired by agricultural practices that promote the health and healing of the collective — humans and more-than-humans alike. We just graduated and so here we are, aching and ready to get back to growing food and make it our living while moving toward healing connections between humans and the land and between humans and themselves.


What features of the property are essential?

Access to water -- hopefully not a lot as we are wanting to build high organic matter
No chemicals within the last 3 years


Describe your farming experience

Natalia worked on mechanized organic farms for 4 years (about 8 years ago) and on occasion since then. Erika has done backyard gardening and has helped out some on a friend's farm and is excited to learn more.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

Short-term, we want to find land to begin the process of land regeneration (using no-till techniques to jump start production while we develop a long-term sustainable system) while we begin and grow our business. Market produce, CSA, etc...we're not sure yet. And yikes - it's already March! Our farming experience is not in no-till, so there will be a good amount of experimentation in our process; we are hoping to find a site that has the potential to be productive in the longer-term. It would also be ideal to be able to live on site but that is not a requirement.


What are your long term goals

Long-term, we are wanting to find land to own to do regenerative agriculture (expanding from primarily vegetables to include fruits and nuts, bees, hens, etc...) and to build and live on. If the right opportunity comes up, we are interested in buying sooner rather than later.


Describe your housing needs

We have a converted short school bus that doesn't require hookups that we would love to be able to have on the property, and/or another indoor space would be wonderful as well. If housing isn't available we are willing to look into other options.

Additional Land Seeker Details

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

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

Seeking land access by:
March 20, 2021

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Berries, Flowers, Herbs, Vegetables

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, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
March 12, 2021



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