Hello there! We are Jess and Vanesa, two first-generation farmers looking for land to lease, or lease-to-own if it is the right piece of property. We have farmed for the past 3 years in New York at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, as well as in Hawai'i at Counter Culture Organic Fam and here in Washington at One Leaf Farm. To give you an idea of the type of farm we are looking to build, here is the mission statement for our proposed farm: Two Hands Farm believes in the conscious and responsible cultivation of our land. We are dedicated to growing organically by using ecologically informed, regenerative, and biointensive practices to produce nutrient-dense, delicious, seasonal vegetables. As first-generation women farmers, our intentions are rooted in nurturing a resilient and equitable food system that empowers, enriches, and engages our local community. Sustainably working the soil, we humbly grow this food and share it - from our hands to yours.
We would love to find 2-5+ of land with water (potable and agricultural use), electricity, access to a walk-in cooler or ability to build one, ability to have hoophouses and a greenhouse, ability to store equipment on-farm, and a covered or indoor location for a wash/pack station. We plan on selling our produce at local markets as well as through a CSA. We would love to have on-farm pick-up for our CSA if possible, but we also plan on having a pick-up location in Seattle.
We would be happy to share any vegetables and eggs with landowners and/or their families! Looking forward to connecting with landowners to discuss potential opportunities. Thanks for reading!
We have worked on organic farms for the past three years and are extremely passionate about feeding our community nutrient-dense delicious food while also regenerating and building healthy soil on our land. We have attended various farming conferences with the Sno-Valley Tilth and Jean-Martin Fortier, as well as visited many sustainable and regenerative farms to talk to farmers about their practices and experiences. We are committed to sustainable and regenerative farming practices that will maintain the agricultural and ecological integrity of our land.
Short terms plans include. YEAR 1: 3/4 to 1-acre market garden with 2-4 caterpillar tunnels and 1 greenhouse. Selling at 2-3 farmer's markets and a small CSA of at least 30 members. Focus on building soil health and using REALORGANIC standards, created by Elliot Coleman (http://fourseasonfarm.com/how-we-farm/). YEAR 2: Expansion to 70 person CSA, continue building soil and community around the farm. YEARS 3-5: Maintaining land using regenerative and sustainable practices, building and maintaining CSA, the potential for an on-farm stand
If you would like to see our business plan in full, please feel free to reach out.
This is not short term, but thought it best to include:
Long term (over the next 5-10 years), our goals include fostering a strong community around our farm. An eventual farm cafe that partners with other farms/farmers and the ability to host events that promote sustainable agriculture (eg. Farmer conferences, film screenings, fundraisers, etc.) are also part of our long-term goals. This may not be pertinent for leasing land, but definitely for purchasing or a very long term lease.