Aiden I  
 l    ID:

9426

Interested In:
For Lease
Incubator Plot
Co-Op
Preferred Acreage: 1-3
Preferred County: King County
Description:
Hi, my name is Aiden. I was born and raised outside of Duvall, Washington, but I have lived in numerous places around the U.S. in the last 15 years. Currently, I live and farm in Columbus, OH, but I am moving back to Duvall in the summer of 2023 to be closer to my family and I am looking for land to lease that I can use to transition my farm operation back to my hometown.

I have worked for several community and market gardens and I currently operate a small market garden (0.5 acre) of vegetable production that I sell through direct-to-consumer markets. The land that I farm on is part of a land-sharing program for new/beginning/small farmers outside of Columbus. My formal training and work for much of the last decade has been in agricultural economic development research, policy, and consulting (I teach and do research on rural ag economic development for Ohio State University where I also did a doctorate in public policy). I have maintained a market garden as a side business and a connection to my upbringing for the last two years. However, after moving back to Washington I will be looking to scale up my production to a full-time business after 2024 (approximately 1 to 1.5 acres of total eventual production).

I'm looking for between 1 and 3 acres for lease (or a cooperative/incubation arrangement with other small farmers). Outside of access to water, I don't need equipment. However, I will need to purchase/construct a caterpillar tunnel and eventually a high tunnel on the land. Ideally I am looking for a long-term lease arrangement, somewhere in the Snoqualmie Valley between Fall City and Monroe (preferably closer to Duvall or Carnation).

I'm also looking forward to re-developing my connection to, and relationships with people in the Snoqualmie Valley, which I have always called my home regardless of where I have lived! Though I hope to find land through connections here, I am also looking forward to developing relationships with other farmers and people connected to farming the Valley.

Thanks!

Sincerely,
Aiden
Farm Business Type:
  • Row Crop
Intended Farming Practices:
  • Sustainable and Organic Practices
Need Housing:
No
Currently Farming:
Yes