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Seeking Farming Couple Interested in Learning From/About Intentional Communities and Help Farm 1-5 acres on a 10 acre Permaculture Homestead

by Tyler Boggs
Category
Community with Opening
Location
Sherwood, Oregon
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Description
Our  sloped and terraced community farm has far more potential than we have time and energy to use to the fullest, and have recently become excited about expanding our community by bringing on one to two couples at a time who are interested in living an intentional community lifestyle and serious about a life in farming/Permaculture.  These couples would stay for all or part of a season (1-3 months), after which we are open to leasing some of the space and/or creating extended barter relationships.  We MAY also be open to leasing and/or partnering with folks wanting to live off-site, as long as we have ample time to explore how we work together beforehand.  We have three large un/under-utilized areas available: The front hill is a terraced and amended south-facing slope that has LOTS of room and potential. We also have a poultry pasture is 2 acres of partially wooded Douglas Fir, an additional 4 acres of wooded mixed use browsing space and native habitat that’s virtually unused at the moment, two large greenhouses (including one set up aquaponically), and lots of space to expand the orchard and rotational grazing system.  If you are wanting to work hard, learn and expand your experience base, and participate in an established intentional community, shoot us a note and let’s explore.

Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property
Our short-term goal is to find/train a few young/new farmers to assist with land stewardship and increase productivity of the existing space to spread out the work/responsibility and assist in overall streamlining and cleanup of the existing farm/operations.

Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property
Our long-term vision is to continue to use this space as a teaching and educational facility, expanding our capacity to host events and expanded stays. Over the next few years, we hope to find an a couple interested in learning/independently managing most of the farm production, which will allow us to dig deeper into the training and certification we make available, to include natural building, basic and advanced Permaculture technique and application, beekeeping, horticulture, animal husbandry, food preservation, fermentation, plant identification/natural foraging, and primitive skills.

Current Use
Heart 2 Heart Farms is a small, forested, 10 acre Permaculture farm nestled in the fertile hills of the Willamette Valley. Between the quaint towns of Newberg and Sherwood, this oasis is in the middle of wine country, just 30 minutes south of Portland, is an intentional community and teaching facility, hosting a myriad of community outreach, up-cycling, homesteading, and prepping workshops, so be prepared for a busy environment, crowds, and mixed-use spaces. We are almost completely self-sufficient, producing large varieties of heirloom fruits and vegetables, breeding, butchering, and selling heritage chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guinea fowl, quail, chukar, rabbits, pigs, goats, sheep, cattle, yak, and alpaca. We tan hides, carve bone, save seed, occasionally blow glass, throw pottery, create alternative/green energy, dig root cellars, and build creatively and constantly.

Available Water / Irrigation
Extensive rainwater collection on site, as well as a high-flow/capacity well.

Soil Type / Quality
Sandy loam with great organic matter, good clay content, and established vermiculture and mycorrhizal network.

Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use
We have multiple barns and greenhouse space for use, or lease, depending on the particulars of use/situation.

Farm Equipment Available for Use
We have a skid steer on site, as well as rototiller, chipper, 26′ truck, and pickup trucks for use. Hand tools are also available, depending on the arrangement.

Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production
Creating and supporting natural borders, food forests, and wildlife habitat (and incorporating these into a holistic/natural pest management strategy) is a very high priority to us, so intensive mono-crop/large machine harvesting and/or crops needing spraying/chemicals are not likely a fit on this site.

County: Washington
Total Acreage: 10
Acreage Available to Landseeker: 5
Current Farming Practices: Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension
Farming Practices Allowed: Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension
Agriculture Types Suitable: Beans, Bees, Berries, Dairy, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Goats, Herbs, Hogs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables, Vineyard, Other