Seeking 50+ Acres in Southern Oregon

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Region:
  • Southern


Date Available: 08/19/2013

Description and Details


Full Description:
Landseekers write: "We are currently running horses and at times cattle, along with our Medicine Bag Project. The cattle are sold through conventional methods. The horses are part of our Medicine Bag Project Horse Recovery Program where we apply our ancient teachings to the recovery of injured and physically traumatized horses."

Landseekers are looking for property with "Some class one soils if possible but not necessary if there are enough acres. Would like some buildings on property such as barn/s, home? Mix of woodland and pasture. However, if it is a smaller piece we need it to be mostly open ground.

Land does not have to be currently in production. However, it should have the potential for ag use. Irrigation rights of some type (river, stream, spring, catchments etc.)."

Vision
Short-term (0-5 years)
"Our goal is to provide the highest quality beyond organic, grass fed specialty milk products through our rare Irish/Welsh cattle and unique earth friendly approach.
"Right Relationship": The right understanding, leads to the right approach in selecting the right land, in the right location, with the right water and the perfect animals. This is the foundation that produces an all natural, earth friendly and healthy product.
We are committed to an all rare breed, grass fed, beyond organic dairy based on a natural science that works with the rhythms of nature. Through our ancient teachings (Khotani) we are taught to be in "Right Relationship" with everything. Through "Right Relationship" we recognize the ingredients of life.
There are several key components that contribute significantly to the overall quality and health of milk. The formula for these key components are 1) working with the rhythms of nature (being in "Right Relationship" 2) rare breed cattle, 3) homozygous for the A2 Beta Casein, 4) small fat globule and 5) grass fed on selective pastures.
All milk is not equal. Each breed produces milk with subtle differences. Some breeds share milk components that are very similar in nature. However, differences are still present within the milk. For instance, Jersey milk has a higher butterfat than Holstein milk; however their structure is very similar. Yet, if we look at all the major dairy breeds in America they lack several unique properties that were once common to most cattle.
It has taken us 2 - 3 years to source the two breeds we will use. They produce specialty milk which is unlike any milk on the market today. We have medical and scientific research to validate this unique milk composition from these rare breeds. They are light footed and soft mouthed; therefore, less invasive and more earth friendly.

These rare breed cattle have a very high percentage of animals that are homozygous for the A2 Beta Casein. They also have a unique enzyme in their gut, allowing them to break down more fibrous material and produce milk that has a small fat globule.

The first year will be dedicated to land preparation, moving the animals in, educating the community about our future products and starting the cow share program.

Years 2-5 will be dedicated to continued development of the farm, educating the community through outreach programs where teaching is the key and herd development. We will be networking with key individuals within the farming and medical professions that have committed years to research into the benefits of raw, A2 beta Casein and small fat globule milk.

Our emphasis and new development in years 3-5 will depend upon several factors: current state and federal laws and community support. An example of this would be, if state and federal laws change opening up the state of Oregon and other states, we will consider a wider area of marketing. This would allow us to help young famers in other communities in Oregon and elsewhere who wish to sell raw milk from these rare cattle.

Assuming that the laws have not changed we will continue to develop our cow share program as well as educate and help other local young farmers develop their programs.

*The above is just one area of development we are interested in. We are also interested in many other forms of agriculture such as hay production, fruit and vegetable production, and Equine to include horse rehabilitation."

Long-term (5-10 years)
"We will continue developing our program based upon community support, current laws and breed demand. Our long-term development will incorporate a teaching platform with an emphasis on our ancient teachings and our five key components.

Community support should remain strong and growing as people realize the benefits of consuming milk products from these rare breed cattle. Community support will be the springboard that takes us to other communities in an effort to help develop similar programs at the local levels.

As mentioned above the state and federal laws will to a degree dictate our developments. The expansion that we envision is localized community "Beyond Organic"grass fed raw milk from rare breed cattle.

We seek to grow our business for several reasons: 1) it is good for the environment, 2) it is good for our health, 3) we keep it local, 4) it is sustainable and 5) it opens doors for future young farmers.

Breed demand will grow. When it does we want to be in a position to make available a few animals each year to qualified individuals. With breed demand we know have a nation wide customer base, while at the same time help others replicate what we are doing in Southern Oregon."

Landseekers might be interested in being mentored by an experienced farmer for the first few years - depends on the situation.


Restrictions:
Land need not be certified organic, but landseekers are open to becoming certified and would use sustainable practices, including: "The only imputs (fertilizers, soil builders etc.) will be made by us or others using only "Beyond Organic" ingredients from the earth. Our practices focus heavily upon the positions of the sun, moon, planets and signs. Their positions determine when, where and how we apply these earth derived products.

Our main focus will be on livening the land through our ancient teachings that work with earth and not against her. The emphasis is on earth and her natural rhythms."


Qualifications:
"Gideon was raised on a diversified farm where he gained invaluable farming and ranching experience. As a youth he was involved in every facet of the operation. The family raised beef and dairy cattle, grew crops and raised hay. As an adult he branched off with his own farming and ranching operations.

Farming and Ranching:

In 1970 Gideon began his own operations, eventually owning, leasing and operating approximately 4,028 acres of cropland and 3,380 acres of grassland in Blaine, Tillman, Canadian and Custer counties Oklahoma.

As owner/operator of the above farming and ranching operations, he was solely responsible for hiring and terminating employees. His farming and ranching operations supported 7 full time employees year round. For seasonal harvesting operations, he employed additional 3-4 employees. He settled workplace issues, determined wages, work hours, duties, shifts, shift changes and bonuses.

In the early 1980's Gideon worked with Anabelle Weidelman and Hyder Hidery of the Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture as a bidding negotiator for Oklahoma agriculture import/export products.

Farming Operation:

a. Raised and marketed wheat, corn, alfalfa, mungbeans, soybeans, sunflowers, oats, barley, milo, cotton, and hay
b. Established improved grasses

Ranch Operation:

a. Year round grazing and feeding operations; cow/calf operation (yearly avg. 250 mother cows), stockers and feeders (yearly avg. 11,000 head), fat cattle (yearly avg. 3,000 head) and sheep (yearly avg. 12,000 head)
b. Supervised all processing of incoming and weaned stock, sorted and placed
c. Formulated all feed rations for all livestock
d. Determined cull and breeding stock, sales and acquisitions of all stock and equine husbandry

As Gideon's farming practices became more sustainable he developed an interest in alternative energy. In 2006 he began devoting 100% of his time towards green energy, working with Preferred Energy of Edmond, Oklahoma. Their goal has been to establish energy with an emphasis on wind and bio-fuels.

Gideon has been working with Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry's GROW PROJECT. The purpose of the project is to develop alternative and renewable sources of energy in the state of Oklahoma.

Gideon served on the Greenfield, OK Co-op board from 1980-1981, was a certified licensed Phase One Environmental Inspector, accomplished in metallurgy and fabrication, heavy equipment operator, truck driver, engineer for spill prevention plans for oil fields, wells, tanks, batteries and locations. He is accomplished in the construction of ponds, dams, waterways, terracing, green land clearing, landscaping and waterfalls and building site preparation and completion.

Gideon has a patent pending on a new type of wind turbine. He is also formulating a patent application for new technologies on bio-fuels.


Drehne Pearce:

Drehne grew up with an interest in natural farming and ranching practices, as well as holistic healing. His grandmothers began teaching him at a very young age the benefits of working with the land, people and animals naturally. As a child Drehne was taught the importance of sowing and reaping when moon and planetary signs were correct. Eventually this led to deeper studies of this natural phenomenon.

The teaching of "Right Relationship" began at an early age and has continued throughout his life. In the early years Drehne applied this natural science to growing vegetables, fruits, working with cattle, horses, rabbits, chickens and pigs.

1983-1987: Drehne began further developing his understanding of "Right Relationship" by applying new techniques learned from elders on humans, horses, dogs and vegetables. His use of herbs and herbal formulas became more involved. At this time he began breeding and culling dogs based upon these ancient principals.

Drehne ran a comparison test on fur rabbits. There were three test groups; the first group of breeders was confined to cages and placed on high quality alfalfa pellets, the second was confined to cages and fed fresh mixed pasture (grasses and legumes) clippings and the third group was free range on mixed pastures.

The results proved once again the overall benefits of an all natural environment. The third group significantly out performed the other two groups in milk quality, weaning weights, liter size/quality, hair quality and overall health.

1987-1991: Worked in all phases of the equine industry from breeding, stock selection, feeding regimes, starting colts and performance. The work with troubled horses increased as the word spread regarding the affects of using a natural approach with horses.

Drehne also began a MIG (Management Intensive Grazing) program. The rotations consisted of 20 head per rotation group. The groups were mixed breed animals consisting of 70% stockers (grass fed beef sales) and dairy (replacement heifers), 20% breeding mares (performance horse stock) and 10% feeder pigs (grass fed pig).

1991-1996: Started using the double digging technique in conjunction with raised beds lined with granite to extend growing season for vegetables and fruits. Contracted with several dairies for drop calves and started using the more natural New Zealand method of calf rearing. The bulk of produce was sold direct as well as the calves.

1996-2011: Herb harvesting increased drastically for use with humans and animals. The idea and initial implementation of Medicine Bag Project (MBP) started. The project goal was to preserve all aspects of our ancient holistic system.

Relocation to the Missouri Ozarks occurred in 2000. We immediately implemented our program establishing gardens, pasture for multi species grazing and horse recovery. At this time we were receiving calls from all over the U.S. regarding human and animal issues.

Farm Operation:

a. 100 head of registered Galloway cattle
b. 75 head of Jacob Sheep for pasture condition
c. 75 head of Holstein Springing Heifers
d. 40-50 head of Holstein heifer calves
e. 40-50 head of Holstein bull calves
f. 60 head of mixed commercial cows with calves

At Medicine Bag Project (MBP) we work with sick people and animals. On the animal side we work predominately with livestock and horses. On the livestock side we work more with dairy cattle and the many issues that they face; mastitis, birthing issues, calf mortality, cycling etc.

Over the last 15 years we have preserved or developed approximately 500 formulas. In this same period we have worked with numerous dairies correcting deficiencies on hundreds of cows. From 2004 - 2010 we have worked with over 280 equine farms, trainers and competitors numbering into the thousands.

MBP:

a. Cattle: Have worked with hundreds of beef and dairy cattle with a focus on milk production, milk quality, butter fat content, infertility, calving ease, weaning weights and recovery of sick animals
b. Equine: Have worked with several thousand head of horses representing the following disciplines; Roping, dogging, cutting, and barrel, pole, reigning, racing, dressage and hunter jumper. We have worked with all types of issues from suspensory ligament tears to tumors, from navicular to fertility.

Renina Burgin:

Renina grew up in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee where she developed a love for the folk ways that were dying out. On both sides of her family she was blessed with grandmothers and a grandfather that followed and practiced old time medicine.

Her early years were spent learning to plant and harvest by the signs, experiencing holistic healing and living off family grown and wild-harvested produce and meats. This was the beginning of a life long interest in growing, planting, baking and making products the old-time/folk/native way.

She also enjoyed structure and organization. To develop these skills she worked in various office environments as listed below:

1985-1987: Head Teller, City Loan Bank. Responsibilities included public relations, loan processing, mail handling, and inventory, posting payments and overseeing cash balance.

1987-1994: Sr. Administrative Services Clerk, State Farm Ins. Co. Responsibilities included data entry, mail handling, typing, filing, and communications, posting payments, issuing policies, inventory and procedural updates.

1996-1998: Receptionist, Michael Davis, DDS. Responsibilities included scheduling patients, filing insurance claims, collecting payments, data entry, telephone and written communications, typing and filing while functioning in an office manager role.

While employed in these positions, Renina continued perfecting her gardening and baking skills based on her family's and other old time recipes. During this same time period she made home made preserves and home made butter and cheese from raw milk.

In 2004 Renina became part of Medicine Bag Project (MBP). Her present administrative duties include sales, processing orders, shipping product, invoicing, accounts payable and accounts receivable, problem solving, communications, and inventory.

She is also intimately involved in herbal preparations at MBP - i.e. dry powered formulas; tinctures, decoctions, oil and milk infusions and skin care products. After joining MBP, Renina also began contracting with several local restaurants, providing specialty desserts and baked goods for sale."


Transaction Details:
Landseekers would consider various options for getting on to the land and write: "Right now the best case scenario would be partnering with someone where we bring the know how and management."

Farmable Acres: 50+ (would consider smaller acreage if it is under irrigation)


Housing :
Landseekers would be interested in housing that is 3 bedroom/2 bath home - ideally 2 separate homes, but not a requirement


Ag Production Type:
  • bees
  • berries
  • cattle
  • dairy
  • goats
  • hay
  • herbs
  • horses
  • orchards/fruit
  • pasture/alfalfa
  • vegetables
  • grain


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