The Farm of the Future
It is my goal to be an example of how we can improve modern agriculture, heal the damage done to the Earth so far, and guarantee the future of fresh, organic, food for the next generations of the entire world. I want to work with domestic and international agriculture organizations on enhancing a mutually beneficial relationship with the Earth, one where we both thrive. Humans and animals do not deserve to have cancer, digestive, reproductive, and skin issues from what we consume. Rather than degrading the land, we will be improving it by creating a drought resistant area, fostering a safe environment for biodiversity to flourish, and improving nutrition in the community. I intend to build and install garden programs in every local school from preschool to college so children have the opportunity to learn and feel empowered to take responsibility of their health and wellness.
Environmentally friendly, connected to the community, and a wonderful place for our farm to thrive. I have driven around this beautiful country several times and lived in the West, Midwest, South, and Caribbean. I wanted to find an area of the country that is not only a culturally diverse and positive-minded, but one that is proactive in supporting the protection of the environment. The Pacific Northwest is the perfect area to implement the methods of regenerative agriculture.
Portland is a place where food can be grown throughout the entire year. This presents more opportunities to expand and learn new techniques for sustainable food growth. The area just west of Portland is in USDA Hardiness Zone 8, meaning the average lowest temperature during winter does not get below 10-20F. According to the average temperate range, the lowest during January is not been below freezing so with greenhouses and hoop houses, it is possible to grow food all year long.
We had been living in Southern California for the past two years and acquiring acreage here has become wildly unaffordable and the extensive drought meant we would be fighting Mother Nature, not working symbiotically together. I have found 80 acres outside of Portland with ample sun and perfect growing conditions where plants can flourish and the seller is motivated!
The previous 20 acre property we had our sights on has since been taken off market, so another beautiful option we have found are these 80 beautiful acres with ample sun exposure that will be perfect to start Barefoot Acres Sanctuary. It is located southeast of Portland in Clackamas County. This expansive terrain is ready for acres of fresh vegetables, berries, fruits, nuts, culinary and medicinal herbs, raw honey, pasture raised eggs, fresh cut flowers, table and wine grapes, and exotic fruit with the help of grazing animals. The relative proximity to a major city means greater opportunities to interact with local schools to make a greater impact on the community, and have a more opportunity to provide people with organic produce. It will still be far enough away from air pollution and pesticide drift from any neighboring farms. Establishing the farm on this property qualifies it for a farm property tax deferral!
The possibilities here are truly endless.
Planned Research and Development:
Absorb atmospheric carbon pollution with increased carbon content of soil
Create drought-resistant soil to alleviate pressure from the western drought
Improve yields using intercropping methods
Improve local economy and wellness by recycling profits back into the community
Increase species biodiversity by preserving a forested area and planting native plants
Improve nutrient density of produce
Empower women in agriculture both domestically and internationally
Grow and produce bamboo for sustainable and renewable building material
Grow and distill sugarcane as a source of biofuel
Expand to grow organic Portobello mushrooms
Experiment with mushrooms to clean oil spills, pesticides, & herbicides
Establish a natural pond area to experiment in utilizing aquaponics within regenerative agriculture
Grow and produce organic hops for local Portland craft breweries
Establish an olive tree orchard for the production of organic olive oil
Experiment with permaculture options of organic grape vineyards
Establish a Nyssa ogeche orchard for producing Tupelo Honey
Experiment in establishing a Leptospermum scoparium orchard for producing Manuka Honey
Experiment creating a greenhouse tropical biome in USDA Hardiness Zone 8 to grow exotic fruits