My name is Luke Mason. I'm an ecological rancher. I'll be traveling by bike/craigslist/bus, throughout the Pacific Northwest this Spring/Summer to try to find a new place to live. I plan to spend a few weeks in each town that I visit along the way to network, explore and get a sense of the areas possibilities. I have spent the last four years living in Mendocino County, CA. Over the past year and a half I have been operating an all grass fed organic raw milk herdshare. I enjoy working with livestock and would be especially interested in starting up a multi-species meat herd if I can find enough acreage to lease.
I practice Holistic Management to build soil fertility, sequester carbon, increase water retention and biodiversity. I have been involved in applied permacuture off and on for the past fifteen years (I'm 35 years old). I have interspersed environmental education, event organizing, research work, carpentry, and publishing work along with my various homesteading endeavors.
I am looking for farms and ranches to stay at during my travels to Eugene, OR. I will also be visiting Whidby Island, Bellingham, Port Townsend and the San Juan Islands in Washington. I can put in 1-2 hours per day for a place to sleep. I will have basic camping stuff but would like access to a kitchen for cooking/dishes. I would like to keep most of my day free so that I can visit farms in the area, go contra-dancing, visit the farmers market, explore the town, network with other paleo/Weston Price foodies, etc. I aim to get a feel for the local food world, for the people and the land.
I plan to be in Eugene this weekend. I will probably stay for about two weeks before heading up to Washington. I also want to visit permaculture sites and places that are practicing Holistic Management to get ideas from and learn. If you know of any noteworthy sites, please let me know.
Any help and suggestions for networking is appreciated.
I'm up in Portland, and I don't have any high quality references for you, but I frequent a website called the "Meat Collective" which is based in Portland and populated by people who want to buy meat and people who produce it. You could post something there, maybe find a farm that needs help.