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 propose finding a farmer, farming couple or farming family who want to operate a small sustainable organic farm in eastern Oregon, to whom we will offer membership in our LLC. We would not require investment of cash, rather investment of sweat-equity. I think one way to do this would be to have the new partner(s) keep time cards for time they were doing work for the LLC, not for personal time. We are open to other ideas. Annually we would calculate the partner(s)' investment. In the following years, we anticipate that we will spend ever longer periods of time off the farm. Eventually we will disappear...I am 70 years old. At the beginning, we would like to show our new partner(s) how we operate what we do. We believe the farm requires additional streams of income in order to support a family adequately. Some of my ideas include the following:
* Raising mushrooms;
* Operating dairy for cows milk;
* Raising veal for city restaurants;
* Raising duck eggs for city markets;
* Expanding organic seed business to field seeds;
* Raising meat chickens;
* Raising sheep for fiber and meat;
* Raising other fiber animals;
* Installing season extenders and selling produce to hospital, college, cafes at health centers;
* Operating established restaurant on day they are normally closed—offering organic, health food;
* Bed and Breakfast in farmhouse;
* Expanding on-line sales of organic herbs and teas.;
* Expanding fruit & nut tree production...perhaps on edges of fields; and
* Permits and licensing for commercial jams and nuts.
And we are open to new ideas!
I hope the land remains in sustainable, organic agricultural production after I am gone. I hope we can demonstrate to our farming neighbors that organic practices are practical and income producing. Our children are not interested in farming, but they have sentimental attachment to the farm. I hope they will be able to stay in the farmhouse for visits during their life times.
Certified organic alfalfa hay in field; certified organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers
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 farmstand in front yard of house; old farmhouse; small cottage expected to be available by March 1, 2018.
Full size Massey Ferguson tractor; small John Deere tractor with bucket; small manure spreader, small tiller, small mulching mower, full-size spring-tooth tiller; air compressor; electric log splitter; mechanics' tools, wood-working tools, numerous hand tools
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