For lease: 5-10 acres in North Willamette/Western Cascades


Description

The 39-acre farm is located east of Sandy, OR (35 miles from downtown Portland, OR), on the gentle rise toward Mt. Hood.  Known locally as the Jadrny farm after the family that lived there for most of the past century, the farm currently includes old pasture/raspberry field, forest and woodland, small pond and wetland area. Over the course of the coming ten years, we hope to transition the farm to a rich, diverse and resilient ecosystem that produces highly nutritious foods. Here are some of the physical details about the property:

  • 39 acres: 12 acres of old pasture (with irrigation mains and fencing completed in March 2018), 20 acres of mixed woodlot, and wetland/pond
  • Gently rolling: 1700 ft above sea level
  • Located 35 miles east of Portland Oregon (population 620,000; 2.3 million in the metro area) near the community of Sandy, Oregon (population 10,000), on the western slope of Mount Hood; just off of the Hwy 26 Portland-to-Mt. Hood thoroughfare
  • Pacific Northwest maritime climate: 82 inches annual rainfall
  • USDA zone 7b/8a
  • 45N/122W Latitude/Longitude
  • Last Frost: April 21-30;
  • First Frost: November 11-20
  • Approximately 220 frost-free days/year

Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

We are a collaborative of farm families (living both on- and off-site), cooperatively farming and tending this land. We are seeking a partner/partners interested in developing an intensive rotational grazing system with appropriate animals for 5-10 acres of the farm. This portion of the farm is old pasture and young forest, and will need considerable care and management to restore soils and pasture forage. There is irrigation/water supply throughout the site, and 7.5' fencing will surround the site by March 2018. We would work with the leasing partner/farmer to regeneratively graze the pasture over the next 10 years, while we integrate hedges and rows of compatible orchard/tree crops to ultimately develop a silvopasture system. The remaining farm acreage (including forest, woodland, wetland/pond) would be rehabilitated and managed for additional pasture, forest products, bees, other crops and natural/wildlife areas. We would like to work with a farmer/renter/partner with similar "beyond organic"/regenerative farming goals and principles to refine and implement this vision.

A potential leasing farmer could manage/integrate grazing animals, and other enterprises as they are compatible with the land, other ongoing enterprises, and organic/biodynamic growing methods. The leasing farmer would have an independent enterprise, but operated to be consistent and integrated with the activities of partnering farmers and the overall farm plan/vision. As owners/farmers, our focus is to design and build the orchard/silvoculture system while leasing partners farm overlapping and/or other areas of the property in a compatible and integrative manner.


Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

Our goal is to establish a diversified perennial crop/intensive rotational grazing system using regenerative and permaculture agriculture principles and practices. Long-term, we hope to have a whole-farm regenerative agriculture system, across field, forest and wetland/pond. Partnering farmers would operate independent but integrated enterprises, as appropriate. The crops and animals raised on the farm would be dependent on various factors, including the interests of the partnering farmer(s), the capacity of the land to sustain production, and the types of crops that are suitable within a (mostly) perennial cropping system.


Current Use

We have a small garden, orchard, and raspberry and blueberry patches. The bulk of the land has been mostly fallow for 10 years and not used for any production or commercial purposes.


Available Water / Irrigation

We have a small pond, a seasonal creek, water rights and water mains for the 12 fenced acres.


Soil Type / Quality

Soils are clay/loam: deep, well-drained, and easily worked with 13-20% organic matter and a pH level of 5.5


Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

We do not have any available on-site housing, and barn/equipment space is limited. We share shop/tool storage space, and envision building mobile units for animal housing structures.


Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

Possible use of farm truck, tractor, mower, post-hole digger.


Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

No known restrictions on most of the farm. Approximately half of the farm (areas currently in forest and/or wetland) are under a forest land deferral. We do not currently have a high tunnel, so annual vegetable production would be limited by the later and shorter growing season at this elevation.


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County: Clackamas

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 39

Acreage Available to Landseeker: 1-20 or more

Date Property is Available: March 1, 2018

Possible Business Arrangements: Lease for cash, Lease for trade, Partnership

Lease Rate / Price: negotiable

Date when this listing was created: April 20, 2016

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic

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

Agriculture Types Suitable: Bees, Berries, Cattle, Dairy, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Goats, Herbs, Hogs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables, Vineyard

Farm Details

Housing Available? No

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? Yes

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? No


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