We are beginner farmers ready to make the move to our forever home, on land that we can proudly steward for future generations. We seek a 10-20+ acre property, suitable for growing vegetables and cut flowers, with enough land that will allow us to grow our farm business. We have a business plan ready to put into practice once the land is acquired. An existing home is preferred, but if the site allows for building a home, we are willing to build for the right piece of land. Our long term goal with the property is to build it into a profitable business, so that we can raise a family on the farm, and teach our children as well as present and future generations the importance of soil conservation and proper land stewardship.
Water rights would be ideal, but we could make do with a good performing well. A shop or barn will be needed for business operations, if one is not on the property, we can build. Any structures that have and can be used for farming operations are welcome! Good soil is a must. We won't have a lot of extra money to put into the building up of soil once a purchase is made, so if prime soil is in the ground, we're golden! Organic land is a plus, but not a deal-breaker. We do plan on having sheep, goats, alpaca, etc, down the line, so housing for animals and fencing would be an extra bonus, should we be so lucky.
Erik has an Environmental Science degree from OSU, and went to work managing a tomato farm, producing grafted tomato plants for nursery stock. After realizing agricultural salaries don't exactly allow for much savings, he took on full time work in the city, and focused his gardening projects in our home gardens. Katie has been casually gardening with flowers for 10 years, and over the past 3 years, has been more focused on growing for production rather than just beauty in the garden. She has created her own farm-based curriculum of studies, and is volunteering with farms and non-profits to gain valuable field experience before launching her expanded cut flower business on their hopefully soon-to-be-acquired property.
Depending on the land, the beginning years will be focused into building the land into an efficient growing space for cut flower and vegetable production, and marketing those revenues sufficiently. In addition to crops, we'd like to extend education offerings to the public in the form of workshops and classes, offering subjects including beginning farming resources, beneficial wildlife gardening, farm tours, and bouquet making.
Once proper infrastructure is in place, we'd like the ability to host community events that are beneficial to the farming community. Research has already begun on a Flower Grower's Cooperative, hosting events for farm-specific non-profits, such as the Oregon Agricultural Trust, and creating curriculum for local school district garden programs.
In an ideal situation, we'd love to have a home ready to move into on the property, and even a small second home or RV hookup for parents, who will be staying with us half of the year. Should there be a lack of housing, we are willing to build to suit as long as the permitting allows. This will be our forever homestead, so we'll need a place to lay our weary farm-worked heads at the end of those long days.
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