This land is absolutely amazing and, as a Permaculture coach and farmer, has been my dream for years, but some challenges with our family situation have come up (essentially, I need to be at home putting focused energy into my children), so I’ve decided to rent it out. I may be open to selling it outright, or even a lease option if the terms are right, and I’m happy to communicate extensively if that’s of interest to you. I’m also willing to share our Permaculture design and vision for the property, as well as in-depth coaching and consultation in arenas of soil management, water management, design, regenerative agriculture, intensive grazing, or advanced Permaculture if that is of interest to you. Essentially, whether you’re interested in renting, leasing, or buying, this arrangement could be much more than just property, and can come with an incredibly experienced teacher, coach, and guide if you are the right person/family/team.
We do currently have a handful of cattle on the property, and we have a herd of yak on another property that we planned to move onto this site when the cows are sold this summer.
This land is a beautifully sloped south-facing property with over 70 acres of gorgeous fenced pasture and grazing space and nearly 30 acres of old-growth forest with incredible diversity. Wildlife are ever-present, enjoying 3 year-round springs and 4 ponds, and the entire piece is bordered by over 200 acres of BLM land (with no other public access), so there’s over 300 usable acres in total!
Perched on the top of the mountain is a wonderful, spacious, newly remodeled 1680 sq. ft. 2 bed/2 bath home, complete with new appliances, a wonderfully placed/centralized wood stove, and breathtaking three-hundred sixty degree views. There is a large 75′ x 100′ barn on site (and in great condition), as well as multiple outbuildings. Three partially-finished separate dwellings are on site for seasonal workers or communal living, as well as two large pads cleared for additional buildings, and we have the ability to move 10-15 additional cabins on site this year. The home is spring-fed with two large storage cisterns buried underground, and nearly 10,000 gallons of available rainwater storage (tanks on site), and plans to dig a well this year. The potential for this property is nothing short of mind-blowing, with 400′ of elevation change to help with nutrient and water flow, maximizing solar exposure, and even zip lines/recreation. Trails are being cut through the BLM land with goals to use the space for natural foraging classes, nature-walks, and seasonal grazing of livestock.
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My short term vision for the property is to find a family (or small group) of motivated young farmers who would appreciate regular coaching, consultation, and support from an incredibly experienced and established Permaculture coach, farmer, and business man, and assist them in building a multi-faceted productive garden, fruit tree orchard, herbarium, apiary, and small-scale raw dairy/livestock operation with a focus on soil restoration, stewardship of our waterway, establishment of habitat, and care for our planet and community as a whole.
Long-term, I would love to integrate nature-based therapy with nature retreats, herb walks, natural foraging/wild-foraging courses, and regular internships and training programs to assist in expanding our connection with the greater community and our planet.
All sites I've helped develop have a strong sense of social justice and integrated outreach opportunities to create solutions for those in need. My vision for this site is no different, with the goal of providing courses, food support, and a space for processing of trauma in a healthy way, while contributing to the overall goals of the organization.
The production of the land, through food forests, year-round walipini production, hugelkultur, and terrace planting will be not only healing for the land, but abundant in yield.
Combined with orchards, livestock and dairy operations, and eco-retreat use, this property should provide not only ample income, but incredible education, training, and food for a large community for years to come.
Currently, 20 young cattle are on the land (put on the land last year to get the grass down and reduce fire danger), most of which will be sold this summer. We have some wonderful heifers and heritage breeds that would make phenomenal breeding stock for a small backyard dairy and meat production operation, and we plan on integrating a small yak herd this summer.
The gardens are expanding, fruit trees are being planted (as are grapes, yakon, and a large variety of medicinal herbs, roots, and flowers), and terraces are being created, but there is no greenhouse or large garden in place as of yet.
We have two springs, and plan to dig a well this year. Currently, there is limited water available for large-scale crop irrigation, but 10,000 gallons of rainwater collection/storage tanks on site, uphill of all crop and pasture land for drip irrigation/setup.
The soil is beautiful sandy loam with decent clay content, but low in organic matter (soil map available upon request)
The main home is a spacious, newly remodeled 1680 square foot, 2-bed, 2-bath house with an open office, wrap around balcony, panoramic 360 degree, all new appliances, and wonderfully placed wood stove. It sits on top of a gorgeous private hill and overlooks the entire valley. The property also has a very large (75'x100') barn on site, multiple outbuildings, and 3 informal/alternative living spaces, as well as pad that would easily fit two RV/Trailer sites. There are two other large pads cleared for building, and we will be moving 10-12 small cabins on site this year as the foundation for a nature-based healing center.
Our primary farm (up the highway) has all the tools and equipment any multi-use Permaculture facility would need (trucks, dump trucks, flatbeds, skid steer, hand tools, power tools, etc.) and we may be willing to assist or loan, depending on the overall agreement.
Having 3 springs and 4 ponds has amazing benefits, but comes with the responsibility. The riparian areas have been neglected by past tenants/owners, and need to be restored, protected, and preserved as habitat (not because there is a conservation easement, but because it's the right thing to do).
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