We operate a 52-acre certified organic farm in Union, Oregon. Our annual rainfall is usually between 10 and 12 inches per year. We are in the Grande Ronde Valley, surrounded by mountains and sage brush covered hills. The primary agricultural products in our area are wheat, hay and cattle. Winters can be very cold, windy and wet; summers are hot and dry. Our house is inside the city limits so we have city water; our agricultural land is irrigated with creek water. Please look at our website for pictures and links to other places in the county www.dorasgarden.com.
We are an elderly couple who do not have children who want to farm with us, or after us. We would like to find a younger farmer, farming couple, or farming family to work with us on our farm...probably as an employee at the beginning. If we find we all enjoy working, planning and discussing world-view together, we would like to offer a partnership in our farming operation which is a limited liability company ("LLC"). We would negotiate the terms of the partnership...probably accepting sweat-equity rather than financial investment. Our LLC rents the farmland from a family trust. When my sister and I both die, the trust will terminate and the land will belong to our two children and my nephew. The three eventual tenants in common (owners) are willing to give a right of first refusal to anyone partnering with us in the LLC.
I hope the land remains in sustainable, organic agricultural production after I am gone. Our neighbors farm conventionally. We try hard to be good neighbors to our farming friends. We hope we can be good role models as we quietly farm along side of them, using our "peculiar" practices and hopefully earning a good living.
Certified organic alfalfa hay in field; certified organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers; certified organic dried herbs; and certified organic seeds.
We have city water in the house and at outdoor produce sink. The 45-acre field and the half acre garden have irrigation water from Catherine Creek and Little Creek.
deep valley floor topsoil with streaks of clay
secure poultry housing, garage with four open bays, storage shed, unheated bunk house with two sets of bunk beds, outhouse with composting toilet; wood-working shop; outdoor clothes line; outdoor produce wash table; small farm stand in front yard of house; old farmhouse; small cottage
Full size Massey Ferguson tractor; small John Deere tractor with bucket; small manure spreader, small tiller, small mulching mower, full-size spring-tooth tiller; additional antique farm equipment needing major reconditioning, air compressor; electric log splitter; mechanics' tools, wood-working tools, numerous hand tools
Human caused global warming which is causing climate change
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