I’m Eric. I am purchasing a 5 acre farm/home in Cornelius that is pending sale. I work full time and don’t have the time/experience to farm but want to make the home as self sustaining a possible. The farm sits on 5 acres outside of town and 25-30 minutes from the Beaverton farmers market. The property looks like it was used for medium sized livestock (chicken, pork, miniature cows, lamas, sheep, and/or alpaca). The structures could use some improvement but are immediately usable. Roughly 4.5 south facing, grassy, acres are available for agriculture uses. The land is nearly a blank canvas with much of the essentials in place already and the possibilities are limitless… except for the acreage and the climate. I don’t recommend trying to grow Joshua Trees.
I’m hoping to partner with a new/experienced farmer interested in leasing land for market gardening row vegetables, fruits, medicinal mushrooms, and herbs for CSA, food box programs and/or restaurants. Selection is up to you but recommend diverse, high demand crops, instead of single species (monoculture). I hadn’t planned on raising livestock but if you are experienced and can make a credible business case, this may be an option.
The ideal farmer will have knowledge/experience in permaculture, biodynamic, or organic farming practices. Although I’m a technophile, I’m not interested in conventional “chemically boiling the ocean” approaches to farming and wish to take advantages of organic practices such as crop rotations, planting for beneficials, raised beds/no tillage techniques, and use Oregon’s climate to take advantage of rain water harvesting and drip irrigation. I’m open to using the well water when needed.
The housing on site is spoken for but there is RV parking and should be able to accommodate a tiny house but I’m sure that there aren’t utility hookups yet. The site has a solar rating of 82 and the house has 3 KW of panels already. If you need to live onsite this may be possible; just understand site work will need to be done and zoning prevents building another permanent living structure.
Hope to hear from you soon!
My immediate goals
-Take ownership of the property
-Reclaim the pasture for production
-Put some key infrastructure in place
My ultimate goal is for the property is for it to pay for itself while enabling a farmer to make full-time, prosperous, living.
I am planning to build a closed loop, mixed use, earth sheltered, aquaponics greenhouse, enabling a 365 day growing season.
Currently unoccupied. I'm buying the property for a primary home. Closing date in June.
No known water rights, well on-site 7 gallons per minute
Irrigation will be dependent on rain water collection
Not sure yet; currently grass pasture. Area has several vineyards nearby. Will test soil once I take possession.
Property is fully fenced but currently needs repairs in spots which I intend to begin once I move in.
Outbuilding with tool storage and large chicken coop.
Small corral space.
RV Parking is available.
Barn with electricity, storage, hayloft, 2500 gallon water storage, and animal stalls. Dirt floor but I plan to put in a concrete floor and convert a portion into an office.
Some basic tools but I wouldn't lend them to a penal colony. I'm going to replace them.
We can discuss if tractor/ equipment is needed.
water rights status is unknown, zoning prevents additional permanent living structures.
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