Seeking EXCHANGE: 2 – 5 acres (Clark/Cowlitz/Skamania/Klickitat)

Description:

We are a mature couple currently enrolled in WSU-ext. sustainable farming curriculum seeking 2 - 5 acres on which to live and grow food/fruit orchards/herbs/roots/flowers/nursery stock (not marijuana or hemp) and do beekeeping. For the privilege of living and farming on your land, we can provide you with a small percentage of our produce/honey, and do some care and maintenance of your animals -- the specifics to be worked out between you and us.

Who I am and What I'm looking for:

We have a 35-pound dog - part of our family. She is well-behaved, goes with us almost everywhere. We currently live in Vancouver, WA, but are willing to relocate, as we would like to live on the property where we farm. (Our current lease is up at the end of September 2020.) We are mature, healthy and positive in our approach to daily living and relationships. We have a meditation practice that supports our mindful relationships with others. We anticipate being visited by members of our family occasionally. We have a son, daughter-in-law, and grandson living in Vancouver, WA. Other extended family members live in other states (CA & AZ). We currently rent a workshop where we build beehives and plant-nursery shelving, and would like a space to move our saws and tools into so that we can continue with the small-scale woodworking projects that support our business. We are seeking a business relationship that is characterized by equanimity -- ours and yours.

Farming Experience:

Landscaping and backyard gardening -- indoor gardening using grow-lights. We are members of the Clark County Beekeepers Association. One of us is an assistant crew leader volunteer with Friends of Trees, a non-profit where we and other community members plant various types of trees throughout Clark County, WA and in Portland, OR. We are in the process of educating ourselves as to successful small farming means/methods and are enthusiastic about what we're learning.

Crops preferred to work with:

Vegetables
Berries
Poultry
Tree fruit
Greenhouse crops
Other

Short term plans for the land / farm business:

Beekeeping, but other than that, it depends on the market demands, the characteristics of the land and the crops that will grow sustainably on it. We're interested in growing niche crops such as American ginseng, but also fruit orchards, elderberries, flowers and produce. We are working on our business plan through a WSU class. In the early months of 2020, we will be receiving some expert help in refining that plan -- and then will finalize it once we know the characteristics of the land we'll be farming.

Housing needs:

Yes