We have regular community gatherings here and want to be able to share the land with others as a place to retreat and find relief from urban and outer-world stresses. We have used wwoofers over recent years and will probably continue to do so.
We'd like to see more of the land used for small agricultural purposes; we'd like to find able-bodied, like-minded individuals to share the land with us on a longer-term basis, via a lease agreement or possible purchase were we to sub-divide a parcel or two.
It is our intention that the forest land should be kept in perpetuity and not sub-divided, logged or sold (except perhaps some very minimal logging of older alder stands.) Longer-term goals dove-tail with those mentioned above.
We cultivate only a small amount of the property for a vegetable garden that serves our household and a blueberry patch with six large older bushes. There are also flower beds and an herb garden. We would like to expand our vegetable garden some, but are not 'farmers' in the true sense of the word and would love to have the right person(s) come and use our land for that purpose.
The soil is loamy but with a primarily clay base. We augment it with organic debris such as leaves, grasses, and household compost. Our primary source of water is a gravity-flow spring that flows year-round, and we also have irrigation rights to water from the Nestucca River which flows on two sides of the property, and a pump system for accessing that water when necessary.
Our home is an 1,100-square-foot frame two-bedroom house. There is also a tool shed that could be re-converted into a workshop across the driveway; that structure has a small room built onto it which is used as a consulting room and spare bedroom. There is a 14'x20' building used by Dana as an art studio, and a 12'x14' unfinished building that we have intended to develop as a guest house. We also have a composting toilet housed in a small free-standing building and a small storage shed which is behind the car port attached to our house.
Twenty-seven acres of our hand are zoned 'forest land' so cannot have permanent structures on them. We may eventually place a conservation easement on that forest land. That land is mostly treed, but some of it is accessible for small small farming plots. The remaining 6 acres are zoned 'Rural Residential 2' so at this point another full, permanent residence would not be allowed on the property. However, we could accommodate 'temporary structures' of various types and have a couple of outbuildings that could be used for partial living quarters. Also, RV-type vehicles could be parked near electric and water access for extended periods of time.
We also live across a bridge that spans the Nestucca which has a 20,000 lb weight limit on it. No large or heavily-loaded trucks are allowed across the bridge, but items can be ferried across in smaller loads as necessary.
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