Lease or trade: 1 acre in Marion County


We are a 20 acre historic educational farm near Silverton, OR, east of Salem. We operate at a homestead scale, with currently much of our farm products staying on the land to feed us and over 500 visitors a year. We are looking for someone with experience to take on management of the gardens (currently over 1/2 acre, and expanding), with the option to market a good portion of vegetable production to local direct markets.

We are ideally looking for someone passionate about sharing gardens with people of all ages, mostly children. Farmer would have a great deal of independence; however, there will be lots of opportunities for engagement, help and mentorship (if desired) from others on site, as well as school groups and volunteers.

On site, we also maintain fruit trees and berries, a small raw milk goat dairy, fiber sheep, two horses, poultry, and woodlot. Involvement in other farm systems is optional, but encouraged.

More information about our programs can be found at our website and more photos on our facebook page.

Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

Continue as educational nonprofit with a variety of programs.

Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

Integrate more and more as a working homestead.

Current Use

1/2 acre is currently in vegetable gardens -- some additional pasture can be plowed if needed.

Available Water / Irrigation

Limited, but enough water present from well. Water saving gardening techniques are a must, we currently use deep mulching.

Soil Type / Quality

Nekia silty clay loam

Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

Barn space, shop, two greenhouses available. Vegetable processing area can be set up if needed.

Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

50 hp tractor with tiller available for use, as well as broadfork and basic gardening tools.

Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

Water limitations, nothing drastic.

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County: Marion

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 20

Acreage Available to Landseeker: 1

Date Property is Available: February 1, 2017

Possible Business Arrangements: Lease for trade, Partnership

Lease Rate / Price: Negotiable -- or entirely in trade for produce

Date when this listing was created: January 16, 2017

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic

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

Agriculture Types Suitable: Vegetables

Farm Details

Housing Available? Yes

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? Yes

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? Yes

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