Seeking to rent, lease, worktrade or alternative: small living quarters (2 bd min.) on at least 1 acre for permaculture, natural farming, environmental restoration endeavor

Description:

38 year old business professional with sustainable agriculture education and work experience, seeking land for putting into practice a Fukuoka style natural farm incorporating permaculture, environmental/habitat restoration and other sustainable practices. I am open to many different types of financial arrangements. I am interested in working in cob building and would like to experiment with cob ovens, garden walls, animal shelters and other structures. The number of acres not important if it is at least 1 acre.

Who I am and What I'm looking for:

I am open to many different types of financial arrangements. I am open to living on property with others. Water for irrigation is not absolutely necessary and much of my experimentation revolves around dryland farming, natural pond building and other water catchment techniques, reforestation as a means of increasing rainfall in micro-regions, etc. Depending on the living situation, location, etc. the soil does not have to be excellent for farming and I am open to properties where topsoil has been significantly eroded. I have a full library, extensive research skills and a mentor who is a retired organic farmer, one of the original founders of Oregon Tilth. I am happy to provide my references and resumes to anyone interested.

Farming Experience:

I am from a long line of sustainable farmers, market gardeners and backyard seed savers who hailed from rich ethno-cultural agrarian backgrounds. My early and most formative years were spent living rurally and later on I split my time between the city and the country. I have over 30 years large & small animal experience, including natural horsemanship. I spent my late teens and early twenties doing habitat restoration and general farm and maintenance labor. I graduated from Americorps/WCC in 2001. I have been the head milker on a small jersey dairy in Whatcom County where I milked and tended to over 100 cows who were pastured on grass. I have 300+ hours heavy equipment operation and 3,000+ hours small equipment operation (heavy equipment, fossil fuels & plastics are not a part of my farm plan – I do have the knowledge though). In 2015, I completed a 48 credit, 1 year profitable small farms course at Linn-Benton Community College in 2015. This was a dual focus program where we learned technical skills to produce food sustainably and entrepreneurial skills to manage community-based businesses. This program rounded out my academic agricultural education and exposed me to many agricultural mentors. I was the board secretary and outreach volunteer for the Ten Rivers Food Web from 2016-2018. Since 2015, I have been a self-employed consultant providing sustainable solutions for homes, gardens & farms. I also have considerable business and professional experience. I will be finishing my B.S. in Business Administration in November 2020.

Crops preferred to work with:

Vegetables
Berries
Poultry
Hay
Tree fruit
Grain
Greenhouse crops
Other

Short term plans for the land / farm business:

Establish perennial vegetables, fruits and grains. Small pastured poultry system for local off-farm sales. Establish systems for catching, holding and spreading rainwater. Begin habitat/riparian restoration. Plant a lot of humus building and nitrogen fixing cover crops. Establish permaculture zones. Generally get to know the land and the local market for fresh, local foods.

Housing needs:

Yes