What am I offering? A small business [land + equipment] to grow to the limits of our usable land base and the production demands of an increasing customer base. Due to age I am needing to cut back on the physical part of this small business. Starting very small in 2008 I’ve made a market for locally grown fall and spring salad mixes that didn’t exist before. Vision: is to provide all salad needs with gross income between $10,000 and $15,000 yearly. I would like to stay involved as a junior partner and mentor.
To continue to provide a wide variety of top quality lettuces and salad greens to four downtown Hood River restaurants during the off seasons of Feb. till June and September into December. I have four years experience growing this business. Production varies. Optimally my customers will take up to 40 lbs a week at a premium price.
I largely follow the guidance and methods of Elliot Coleman. Also what I've learned through the OSU Master Gardener program.
A five year vision is enough.
Soil is class two sandy loam with regular top-coat of fully rotted compost. Farmers Irrigation Co. provides initial filtered water at approx. 70 lbs pressure. I then refine further with two sets of fine screen filters and pressure reducers where needed. There are occasional outages. I have an alternate domestic water hookup for continuous watering. All areas are set up for both spray and drip watering.
I have a Hunter control system with iritrol valves and up to 16 fully programable stations.
Improvements include: 7 5' x 12' hoop houses, 2 6' x 28 ft. hoop houses, a 6'x6 ft. concrete block irrigation control house, 6' x 12' cleaning and packing house with domestic water, 5 x 8 ft. garden tools shed and a 24' x 30' x 15' high tunnel greenhouse with 12" raised beds. 18 3lb. food-grade plastic trays,
Just hand tools and a commercial weedeater. two garden carts and one wheelbarrow.
Farming remains an outright use. I do have a conditional permit for a greenhouse from H.R. Co. Planning and Building Dept. for operating a small commercial farm with up to one non-family member employee.
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