Seeking Purchase: Between .5 and 10 Acres of Land in Thurston County

Description:

Two people with advanced degrees in Environmental Studies, and 10+ years of farming experience looking to purchase anywhere between 1 and 10 acres of land, preferably with a house on the property with the hopes of raising a vibrant, biodiverse forest garden and a nursery of food-bearing trees. Eventually, we hope to open up the land and work we've done and share it with our community through workshops, classes, community events, and retreats.

Who I am and What I'm looking for:

Two people with advanced degrees in Environmental Studies, and 10+ years of farming experience looking to purchase anywhere between 1 and 10 acres of cleared land with the hopes of raising a vibrant, biodiverse forest garden and a nursery of food-bearing trees. Looking for enough room to have these and at least two small structures (less than 1000 sq ft) on property. Ideal if small house/property is already on the land. Eventually, we hope to open up the land and work we've done and share it with our community through workshops, classes, community events, and retreats.

Farming Experience:

I have an advanced degree (Masters) in Environmental Studies with a focus on urban agriculture, and my partner has a BS in Environmental Science focused on biogeochemistry and climate change ecology. My partner also has a decade of professional and volunteer experience in organic farming, permaculture, ecological restoration, and community gardening projects, as well as 15+ years of experience with wild foods foraging.

Crops preferred to work with:

Vegetables
Berries
Tree fruit
Greenhouse crops
Nursery

Short term plans for the land / farm business:

Short term plans for the land include building a sustainable, organic forest garden as well as a nursery of fruit-bearing and nut-bearing trees. Longer term plans include opening our forest garden up for workshops and classes and small community gatherings, and offering a small space on the land for a wellness retreat. Fruit trees and nut trees are resilient and reliable agricultural alternatives that annually provide healthy food production. The planting of food-bearing trees also help world-heal in the face of climate change by sequestering carbon and promoting biodiversity. We will grow healthy food-bearing trees to offer to our community. Forest gardening itself means creating and nurturing diverse landscapes that are rich with trees, shrubs, vines, and perennial herbaceous plants. These landscapes provide a bounty of food, medicine, and useful materials, while at the same time creating abundant habitat for wildlife, building soil, storing water, and sequestering carbon dioxide. Forest gardening has been practiced since time immemorial by Indigenous societies. It is still practiced in many places, particularly in the tropics, where it provides income, medicine, materials, and food for millions of people. Replacing industrial agriculture with communal forest gardens is one of the most important restorative actions we can take to respond to the climate crisis, fight systemic oppression, protect soil and biodiversity, and to create joyful communities in balance with the natural world.

Housing needs:

No