Backyard Gardener Work Exchange: 5 acres in Monmouth, OR


Seeking Backyard Gardener, Farmer Wannabe. I’m a 63 yr old gentle man who farms 5 acres of pasture with fruit trees, sheep and chickens, more raised bed garden space than he needs. 4, 40’ x 4’; 1, 48’ x 4’; and one 12’ x 48’ with pole barn style construction. Rafters and perils are in place waiting for polycarbonate sheathing to become a greenhouse. I have multiple skills and am looking for a younger farmer or farmer wannabe. I’m a willing and able mentor with a MA in psychology and a lifetime of farming. For 20 years I farmed wine grapes and owned a small winery in the Eola Hills which i eventually sold.

I have a three bedroom, two bath 70’s farm house, a 225’ x 125’ lake with 4 acre feet of water to irrigate from (think permaculture), pastures are occupied by 8 sheep and 24 chickens, a 24 x 36 barn, and several apple, pear, plum, cherry and walnut trees. There are 12 large blueberry plants, a few gooseberries, currents, red raspberries, herbs (rosemary, parsley, sage, thyme, echinacea).

I like to can and preserve much of my own food.

As I age and my productivity slows, I could use a little help.

I’m willing to trade garden space and your help in general, for your rent. 8 hours per week. Utilities not included. Your work hours can work around your ‘other’ job. There’s one bedroom available with it’s own bathroom, a large kitchen for processing, and most all the equipment necessary.

This location in Monmouth is commutable to Salem, Corvallis and places in between. Dallas has a hospital, Monmouth has Western Oregon University (a large employer) and PCL (Partners in Community Living), Independence has a new call center, Marquis Spa. and several restaurants.

Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

Finish the greenhouse

Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

To be good stewards of the land

Current Use

Sheep, chickens, vegetables, fruits

Available Water / Irrigation

Engineered lake. Licensed by the county for 4 acre ft

Soil Type / Quality

All raised beds have a sandy loam mixed with compost.

Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

One 24 x 36 barn, several small sheds

Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

Tractor with bucket and lots of tools

Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

Zoned AR-5

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County: Polk

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 4.75 acres

Acreage Available to Landseeker: It's mostly maxed out, with a little more room for raised beds

Date Property is Available: July 6, 2016

Possible Business Arrangements: Lease for trade

Lease Rate / Price: 8 hours of work/week

Date when this listing was created: July 8, 2016
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Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Organic, Not Certified

Farming Practices Allowed: Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming

Agriculture Types Suitable: Beans, Bees, Berries, Flowers, Herbs, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Sheep, Vegetables

Farm Details

Housing Available? Yes

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? Yes

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? Yes

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