Seeking Purchase or Lease: 5+ acres with irrigation in western WA

Description:

My wife and I are interested in farmland to lease or purchase anywhere in western WA. We plan to start an organic vegetable farm, growing a diverse group of crops, with a focus on season extension and winter production. We plan to play a significant role in making fresh, organic, and affordable produce more available to the western WA region.

Who I am and What I'm looking for:

After a decade plus of working for others, my goal is to find land to settle down on and create a business that will sustain us well into the future. Potentially well-suited land would have a minimum of 10 tillable acres, access to adequate irrigation sources, and be relatively accessible to markets in the area. On-site housing would be preferred, but certainly not a necessity.

Farming Experience:

I have been working on organic vegetable farms for the past 15 years. I have a good deal of experience in all aspects of diverse vegetable operations, and have been managing or co-managing farms for the past 8 years. I have worked on organic vegetable farms ranging in size from 1 - 100 tillable acres. I have a B.S. in Plant, Soil, and Insect Science from the University of Massachusetts. I have been farming in the Pacific Northwest since 2014, and currently am production manager for a large wholesale farm in western WA.

Crops preferred to work with:

Vegetables
Berries
Tree fruit
Greenhouse crops
Nursery

Short term plans for the land / farm business:

We plan on growing fresh, organic, and affordable produce and small fruit for the regional marketplace. With 15 years of prior experience under our belts, we plan to hit the ground running and quickly build the infrastructure and establish the market for a successful business that will sustain us long into the future. Apart from standard field production, we would use heated propagation greenhouses and unheated high tunnels to grow as much food in the winter months as possible. We would strive to have as much produce available year-round as possible, in order to become a mainstay in our customer's diets and shopping habits.

Housing needs:

Yes