Land and housing available between Portland and Eugene

Description

The Land

Come enjoy life on 80 mostly forested acres along Crabtree Creek in Lacomb, ~25 min east of Albany by car. There’s lots of room to hike, splash, garden, farm, make art, raise kids, and/or pursue what lights your heart on fire! An emerging permaculture farm comprises about 25 acres of flat land with prime soils and a good well, suitable for vegetable production, pasture, and orchards. What is it you’d want to do if you lived here? There may be opportunities to construct outbuildings for agricultural use up to 400 sq ft, inquire for details. Apart from the farm, another 55 acres of private, park-like wilderness are yours to explore anytime you want, right out the front door! Rustic but well-marked trails wind through the trees and meadows with multiple points of access to the creek. The property is smoke- and fragrance-free, clothing-optional in some areas, and generally very eco-minded. Animals are raised and butchered on-site. Families of every configuration and folks of all backgrounds, ages, and genders welcome.

Ideally, we would love to share the land with folks who want to stack independent food production enterprises, e.g. someone who raises animals for meat, milk or fiber using planned rotational grazing; a market gardener that uses no-till, organic methods; or someone interested in fermenting and preserving food with others. This is a perfect spot for a new-ish farmer or hobbyist who’s ready to scale up in a farm incubator setting. It would also be great for a wild food enthusiast, a hunter, or someone wanting to cultivate culinary mushrooms in the woods.

The Accommodations

Option 1: BYO shelter in the form of a tiny house, yurt, schoolie, etc. No septic hook-up but water and electric could be available depending on your location.

Option 2: Live on the second floor of the main house in three adjoining loft-style rooms, beautifully finished in natural pine with hardwood floors. Rooms are 12’x12′ each for an approximate total square footage of 430 sq ft + additional storage space under the eves. You could configure it as 1 or 2 bedrooms, depending on your needs, with an office, studio, or ___. Access is via a handmade wooden ship’s ladder. No indoor pets.

In either case, you would have access to the kitchen, bathroom, living areas, and laundry in the main house as well as some seasonal common-use facilities (e.g. an outdoor kitchen). The house was built in 2017 with a passive solar design, an efficient wood stove, and many natural touches. Water and trash included. Electric split proportionally. No internet/wifi at this time, but you’re welcome to research what the options might be in terms of service providers, connection speeds, and costs in the Lacomb area if that were something you wanted to pursue. Outdoor pets and livestock considered on a case-by-case basis. Dogs must be known to be good off-leash around small children, farm animals, and other dogs. Yard is not fenced yet, but we’re working on it. Short- or long-term lease. $1,000/mo.

Our Family

Eric is passionate about regenerating land, most recently developing and implementing a sustainable forestry plan to manage an 80 acre community homestead in Linn County. Previously he led/worked on crews at various organic farming operations. He has a Bachelor’s in Forestry and Resource Management. In addition, he has completed courses/internships in Holistic Management and permaculture design, and has a commercial driver’s license. Eric has hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, is committed to a number of mind-body health practices, is raising kids as a stay-at-home-dad, and enjoys both participating in and teaching at primitive skills gatherings.

Michelle is a health educator working in food security. She has a Bachelor’s in International Agricultural Development (i.e. low-tech farming, agricultural marketing, and rural community development) and a Master’s of Public Health. Currently she works for Oregon State University Extension 30 hrs/wk. In the past, she coordinated community gardens that provided space for 150 resettled refugee families, staffed a market-match booth at two farmers markets, and helped to organize a training program for beginner farmers. She has also taught herbalism and nutrition to women in recovery, and currently leads monthly wildcrafting events to bring women and children from the city into nature. Michelle speaks Spanish as a second language.
Kid #1 is eleven. They’re planting a garden this year and like to play chess and read. Kid #2 is five. They enjoy singing at mealtime gratitude circles and coloring. Kid #3 is almost two and gives great high-fives.
We grow nutrient-dense foods – dolittlepastures.com – live on the first floor of the house, and strive to eat a local, Weston Price inspired diet. We’d love to share meals if that interests you! We value being fully present; avoiding alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and habitual substance use. We are mindful of our relationship with technology and limit the use of devices in common areas.

If what you’ve read sparks something for you, please message us to explore possibilities. Let’s homestead together!

Kind Regards,
Eric & Michelle


Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

Finalize a permaculture design for the property. Install perimeter fence. Rotationally graze to diversify plant species and improve soil. Establish vegetable production. Selectively harvest timber. Increase recreational opportunities.


Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

The Community Homestead on Crabtree Creek is a forest sanctuary and education center that nourishes people with nutrient-dense food produced in ways that restore and replenish the land. Both land and people are healed. A handful of people live here year-round, others stay for the season or pass through on their travels, still others live off-site in nearby urban areas but know this place as their homeland and return to it over and over to deepen their ties with the community and the natural world.


Current Use

We purchased the property as bare land in 2017 and have spent the last year building a house and clearing brush. We brought poultry, hogs and sheep with us when we moved here, but destocked over the winter to focus our energy on finishing the house. This year we are raising pastured poultry and doing some much-needed logging to create silvapasture. Previously (40+ years ago) there was a dairy, orchard and homestead here.


Available Water / Irrigation

Private well


Soil Type / Quality

Cloquato silt loam (prime farmland); McAlpin silty clay loam, 3 to 6 percent slopes (prime farmland); McBee silty clay loam (prime farmland); Panther silty clay loam, 2 to 12 percent slopes


Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

There are a couple of temporary structures on-site and option to build permanent structures for farm use (no permit required if under 400 sq ft).


Locations of land listings on map are not necessarily exact. Many are located on the nearest town or city.
County: Linn

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 80

Acreage Available to Landseeker: 20

Date Property is Available: May 16, 2018

Possible Business Arrangements: Lease for cash, Lease for trade, Partnership, Other

Lease Rate / Price: Negotiable

Date when this listing was created: May 17, 2018

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Organic, Not Certified

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

Agriculture Types Suitable: Beans, Bees, Berries, Cattle, Dairy, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Goats, Grain, Herbs, Hogs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables, Other

Farm Details

Housing Available? Yes

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? No

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? No


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