Seeking folks to create a permaculture farm

Description

If you have an interest in restorative agriculture, sustainable living, permaculture, intentional community, homesteading, or other modern spins on traditional ways, we invite you to consider joining us on 80 creekside acres in Lacomb, Oregon.

Before you read the rest of this post, could you live with these three non-negotiable agreements? 1) No alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other habitual substance use; 2) Animals are raised, butchered and eaten on-site; 3) Much of this private woodland property is clothing optional.

Welcome. As you explore the network of trails that crisscross the land, you discover varied forest ecosystems, open meadows, rugged peaks, a mountain stream, an island, swimming holes, wild and domesticated animals, gardens, orchards and structures for many purposes. Approximately 60 of the 80 acres is forestland, managed sustainably for timber, firewood, craft wood, recreation, wildcrafting, water, and wildlife values. The other 20 or so acres comprise the farm. Grazing on the farmland needs to be management intensive, planned grazing; high-density, short-duration. After being in a paddock for several days, the grazing animals won’t return there for 6-12 months. This allows the most heavily grazed species to fully recover. Currently, there is a small (1/4 acre) space set aside for a no-till kitchen garden. If you are interested in vegetable production, there is a lot more space available for that! Techniques used for nutrient-dense vegetable production should be comparable to those of Singing Frogs Farm. Nutrient calculations use “biocalc”, an online calculator of nutrient management. There is also a wild-seeded fruit and nut orchard to be restocked. The property is zoned F/F.

We are eager to link arms with like-minded folks to advance all of our interests — it’s thrilling to have access to more land than we can manage, but the list of projects is longer than the number of hours in the day!  There is a lot of room for new projects. What do you want to do? What would you do if you had room and encouragement to expand?  It would be great to stack complimentary operations to enrich the land in more ways, and cover for each other on occasion.

Located in eastern Linn County, approximate driving times are 20-30 minutes to Lebanon or Albany, 45 minutes to Corvallis, about an hour to Salem or Eugene, and 1.5-2 hours to Portland. A number of our neighbors choose to farm here because the location has easy access to the big city markets without the big city land costs. It’s out in the country, so limited cell service and no wifi. Rustic, for sure. You need to be ready for a grand adventure! Oh, but so beautiful to stand in the moonlight under the trees and hear the creek at night.

We aim to hold this land as a safe space for all. We’re open to living with people of all backgrounds, ages and genders. Families of every configuration most welcome. We’d love to have a little childcare co-op!

Folks who settle here would be excited to produce and share nourishing food. We strive to eat a local, Weston Price inspired diet. (See WAPF website for a full description of the guidelines, or contact us with questions.) Meals are often shared (breakfast and dinner 6 days/week) and almost always include grass-fed or pasture-raised meats. Diets that are lacto-ovo vegetarian, paleo or pescatarian could be compatible with the modification that grains would need to be fermented, soaked, and/or sprouted. The community kitchen is stocked with traditional fats and oils like tallow, lard, butter, ghee, coconut oil, and olive oil. It would be difficult to live here as a vegan.

The hard line on drinking, smoking and substance use is in service of being fully present. To this same end, we are mindful of our relationship with technology and limit the use of electronic devices in common spaces. There are plenty of natural highs to be had here. Ecstatic dance parties? Costumed parades? Drum circles? Naked polar bear plunges? What do you envision?

We aim to keep our shared spaces very clean and high-functioning. It would be important for you to show up in a way that supports this. We are looking for people who can balance paying their bills with spending time and energy enhancing the land and community.

In addition to the main house, there are a few other structures on-site: a modified shipping container “bunkhouse”, another shipping container “storehouse”, a walled tent with wood heat, an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor shower, a composting toilet, and a hand pump for water. There are opportunities to construct additional outbuildings for farm use (up to 400 sq ft). All on-site housing options include 24/7 access to the main house’s shared kitchen, bathroom, living areas, and laundry facilities. Water and trash included. Electric bill split proportionally. No septic hook-up.

  • A beautiful, light and bright 12′ x 12′ room in the loft of the main house…$475/mo each (2 available)
  • A bed in the bunkhouse…$125/mo each (2 available)
  • BYO shelter in the form of an RV, trailer, 5th-wheel, tiny house, yurt, etc…$400/mo
  • Land for your dedicated use…TBD per acre or animal unit, inquire for details

To stock the community kitchen, there is a monthly contribution of $0/mo for babies under age 1; $50/mo for each child age 1-5; $75/mo for each child age 6-11; $85/mo for each youth/adult age 12-50; and $80/mo for adults over 50. It is important that full-time residents have a willingness to share meals (breakfast and dinner 6 days/week). This is driven in part by the desire to divide meal-prep / clean-up between several people in order to facilitate each of us having more space in our daily lives. It is also coming from the belief that breaking bread deepens relationships. Most meals are “grab-n-go” to accommodate people’s different daily schedules, but at least one dinner each week is designated as a community meal where everyone sits down together.

The particulars of a rental agreement are something we’d need to discuss more in-person based on the above and what your needs are. Short or long-term ok. Partial work-trades might be possible depending on your skill-set. Outdoor pets and livestock considered on a case-by-case basis. The property is artificial fragrance-free and generally very eco-minded.

If what you’ve read sparks something for you, please message us to explore possibilities.

Kind Regards,
Eric & Michelle

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Our Bios

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 look forward to going to school next year. Kid #3 is one and an avid peek-a-boo player.

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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. 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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