I have been fortunate enough to find myself in very exciting new opportunity. I was invited by a lovely young couple to come assist them on their beautiful 71 acre winery/farm. They have a big spare farm house, and are looking for more people to grow their operation.
I am searching on their behalf to find someone who is hard working, honest and has both experience and knowledge of applying permaculture principles for a small scale farm.
Below is their description of the situation.
We are looking for some aspiring farmers to help us make our land and business more productive. We envision a sharecropper/land tenant type arrangement, where we provide the housing, land, infrastructure, supplies and a brand that is recognized locally, in exchange for a share of the bounty.
We own approx. 70 acres in the Helvetia community, just north of Hillsboro. We have grown winegrapes since 1992 and made wines since 2003. A few years ago we began raising a variety of animals and now have a small herd of heritage pigs, sheep and turkeys. We have newly planted orchards, plenty of water and a renovated century barn. There is also a very nice second home with four empty bedrooms.
We would use our share in our farm baskets and during some private chef services at the vineyard house and gardens. We would expect the balance to be marketed at farmer's markets, local stores and to restaurants under our brand. We don't see this as a straight produce and meat farm but a farm of diversified and value added products - cured meats, cheeses, preserves, etc..., but would be open to listening to the members and maximizing their talents.
If anyone reading this thinks they might be a good fit, respond on here or at dooleyj.oregonstate.edu