Seeking on-farm living arrangement: 0.5-5 acres in Pierce County


I recently moved to Puyallup and am seeking a place to grow food during the evenings and weekends while working off-farm during the day. I'm open to different types of arrangements where goals of the landowner and myself can align.

Who I am and What I'm looking for:

A small-scale farming system of vegetables, fruit, livestock, trees, and/or bees is what I am looking to establish/work on. First I would like to produce enough food for myself, family and land owner(s). Later on, in a season or two, I would like to expand to selling product(s) as a supplemental income. Eventually, I want to settle down and buy a piece of land. Whether or not I ever farm as a full time job is uncertain. I work at an agriculture job in Puyallup. I would like to live on-farm and commute to work. I'm considering a tiny-home, but I'd prefer a small cabin or room for rent. I can pay rent and/or grow food in exchange for a place to live. I am a 29 year old male and have lived in Western Washington for most of my life.

Farming Experience:

I have experienced: 1.5 growing seasons on diversified vegetable farms, 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer living and working with farmers in Zambia, 6 years gardening, and growing backyard fruit and chickens. I have a masters of science degree from a Natural Resources Management/Agriculture program. I am handy in basic carpentry and general farm work. I continuously learn and am interested in no-dig market gardens, fruit orchards and pastured livestock.

Crops preferred to work with:

Tree fruit
Greenhouse crops

Short term plans for the land / farm business:

Short term I'd like to grow a majority of my vegetables and protein, and have extra to share and possibly sell. I believe this can be done while improving the land (e.g. soil and water). Early on I would like to establish a no-dig garden, build and buy livestock infrastructure such as mobile chicken tractors and electric fencing, and work on getting other systems in place. I'm flexible with regards to working with existing systems and collaborating with others.

Housing needs: