We are a young farmer couple looking to build our farming business again and forever home after being in the city for years. We have finally reached a savings goal that feels doable so looking for the right place to call home and start farming!
My name is Annie and I currently sling craft cocktails in Seattle to meet my savings goal for a small farming operation! I grew up in rural Washington in the North Cascades. After being in the city for over 7 years, I’m ready to return to my more rural roots and start a home with my partner, and our pack of rescue dogs! We both have a few years of farming experience, raising animals and production of goods for sale online and at markets. We are interested in using the land for building our businesses and also growing a home! 2-10 acres would be a good range so we can keep on top of everything starting out. I’m qualified for a USDA loan and a conventional home loan through my credit union so there has to be a livable home on the property. Preferably under 400k, utilities, other structures on the property, partially wooded/ partially pastured would be ideal.
I worked with Seattle Tilth’s beginning farmer program at Red Barn Ranch for two years before the program was dismantled! There I learned the ins and outs of starting a farming business. We grew an acre of organic vegetables, raised a flock of 30 chickens and helped with goat dairy production. We sold our produce and eggs at the Columbia City Farmers market, had a small CSA operation and donated food to a food program for families in the Seattle area. Outside of that, I have been working harvest season for a few of my friends that have continued farming. I have had a large backyard garden operation the last few years to keep my hands in the dirt and I run a small CSA out of my house for friends and neighbors. In the winter I attend Tilth Alliance classes.
My short term goals include, building my farm business, Sweet Soil Farms back up. Start with my vegetables, herbs and flowers as well as start another flock of chickens. I plan to start the following season selling at my most local farmers markets, as well as a CSA drop off and pick up delivery service in the nearest big city.