Seeking 2-10 acres in Central Puget Sound for vegetables, berries, and sheep

Description:

We are two farmers running Songbird Haven Farm, in our second season as a Viva Farms incubation farm in Woodinville. We currently grow diversified vegetables and run a winter and summer CSA. Inspired by farmers who are ecosystem stewards, we farm using intensive, no-till, and organic practices. We would eventually like to expand our farm, and potentially grow flowers and berries; phase 3 would include sheep. We have 21 members for our summer CSA, direct sales partnerships with Farm Cycle Collective and Sammamish Valley Alliance, and wholesale partnerships with 21 Acres and Farms For Life. For more information, please visit us at songbirdhavenfarm.com or catch us on Instagram @SongbirdHaven.

Who I am and What I'm looking for:

Farming Experience:

We are recent graduates (Nov 2019) of the Viva Farms Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture program, which is a three-quarter on-farm course for aspiring organic, small-scale farmers. We volunteered at 21 acres in Woodinville during the 2018 growing season. In 2019, we launched Songbird Haven and now farm year-round. We've been a few conferences this year: Food and Farm Expo in Spokane; Tilth Conference in Yakima. It was wonderful to be in the same room with other like-minded Washington farmers. In March 2018, we traveled to an 8-acre farm in Northern California for a one-day workshop to learn from Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm -- they sure know their stuff.

Crops preferred to work with:

Vegetables
Berries
Sheep
Tree fruit
Greenhouse crops
Other

Short term plans for the land / farm business:

The very short term plan is to finish out our time with the Viva Incubator for at least the 2020 season. We're interested in having in-depth conversations with landowners about options for a long-term lease or purchase. We envision investing in pollinator hedgerows and perennial vegetables and would love to find the right landing place to start building those parts of our farm.

Housing needs:

Yes