Looking for farmer interested in intensive small scale organic gardening.

Description

2 1/2 acres about 20 miles north of Portland OR.  Land currently includes a heritage apple orchard, old varietal grapes, pie cherries, blueberries, with a fair amount of garden space sitting fallow.  Illness over the past couple of years has substantially slowed me down, and I can no longer farm without help.  I am looking for someone interested in organic vegetables, fruits, etc.  In the past I have raised corn, muskmelons, squash, pumpkins, peas, beans, root vegetables, horseradish, asparagus, strawberries and several other crops, mostly for my own use or divided with friends who contributed work.  There is a solar well, and several rainwater collection barrels (not currently connected) with a lot of hoses and drip feeders.  Parts of the property are planted with native shrubs and trees for birds, butterflies and bees.  The house is small and is currently my home, but there is the possibility of renting a room/house space next door which might be considered as an extension on the property.

While I’m not looking to sell outright, I am willing to entertain any number of options which can be discussed.  This is a rather unusual situation and has to remain flexible.  For further information, you can email me.

 

 

 


Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

To stay in production as an organic farm, but expand the crops again to what used to be produced. There is as least an acre that is currently doing nothing but supporting a bat house. To be both Audubon and Xerces Society rated as suitable land for birds, butterflies and bees is rapidly vanishing due to suburbs coming in around it. There is a small woodland area that serves as a refuge for native species which have become rare here. It might be able to be an educational resource for others wanting to do small scale farming or organic. Not too far from me, people are still raising chickens and selling eggs, growing lettuces and the like for upscale restaurants in Portland, raising meat animals, keeping bees and selling honey. Demonstrate small scale intensive gardening that is sustainable and productive as well as good for the community.


Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

To live here the rest of what life i have left and see the land used in an ecological and sustainable way which might inspire some of the people who cleared their land to let part of it go back to nature.


Current Use

Due to illness, small crops. Mostly fallow.


Available Water / Irrigation

Solar well from elevated water table. 2500 gal. cistern runs either pressurized line or Gravity fed drip irrigation pretty much all summer.


Soil Type / Quality

High clay content although I've been dumping organics into it for 15 years. When tilled it produced very well. On about 1/3 acres, it's all raised beds.


Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

One greenhouse frame that has to be moved as there is too much water running under it and another to be assembled.


Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

Two small tractors, one with mowing deck, the other with in-ground equipment, wood chipper, small tiller, various tools, hoses, crop covers, etc.


Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

The state does have a right-of-way on the northeast edge which I have been trying to buy from them for years. It has a natural underground water flow and is excellent for growing potatoes and the like.


Columbia
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County: Columbia

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: About 2 1/2 acres

Acreage Available to Landseeker: About 2 1/2 acres

Date Property is Available: June 1, 2017

Possible Business Arrangements: Partnership, Other

Lease Rate / Price: negotiable

Date when this listing was created: May 9, 2017
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Farming Practices

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

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

Agriculture Types Suitable: Beans, Bees, Berries, Flowers, Herbs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Orchard/Fruit, Poultry, Rabbits, Vegetables, Vineyard, Other

Farm Details

Housing Available? No

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? No

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? Yes


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