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:
In the near term, we would like to fence the 12-acre old raspberry field/pasture area and set up an intensive rotational grazing system with appropriate animals. Gradually, hedges and rows of compatible orchard/tree crops would be integrated into this area and be managed as a silvopasture system. The remaining 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, bees, mushrooms, herbs, flowers and other enterprises as they are compatible with the land and raised using appropriate methods. The leasing farmer would have an independent enterprise, but operated to be consistent and integrated with the overall farm plan/vision. We currently live in Portland, but would spend many weekends and vacation time on the farm. While our current situation does not allow us to live on the farm, and we are only able to "farm" the property to a limited extent, we intend to be very active in thinking about the way the leased and non-leased land is managed and used, so that the farming activities integrate into our long-term goals and vision, and are regenerative to the soil, water, air, etc. So we see any potential lease arrangement as more of a partnership in this respect. Our focus is to design and build the permaculture orchard while leasing partners farm overlapping and/or other areas of the property in a compatible and integrative manner.
Also, we are hoping a renting farmer would be open to being a mostly on-site farm caretaker too. We are open to partial work-trade for rent and caretaking responsibilities. We would like to have a renter/caretaker start by September 1, 2016, if possible.
This would be an excellent opportunity for a beginning farmer to help build a permaculture/beyond organic farm from the ground up and gain valuable lessons and experience through the challenges, successes and failures we encounter.
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. Leasing/partnering farmers would operate independent but integrated enterprises, as appropriate. The main 12-acre orchard would be managed as a you-pick operation. 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.
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.
We have a small pond, a seasonal creek, and a water right to irrigate up to 12 acres.
Soils are clay/loam: deep, well-drained, and easily worked with 13-20% organic matter and a pH level of 5.5
Two of the original housing structures on the property (a 250ft2 cabin and 900ft2 house) have been recently renovated with care to preserve the historic character of the structures. Both have new bathroom and kitchen/kitchenette facilities. Either one could be rented by a leasing farmer. We also have three historic barns that are currently used to house a shop and farm/field equipment. We envision building mobile units for animal housing structures.
Possible use of farm truck, tractor, mower, post-hole digger and chipper.
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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