Cobalt Moon is a new small farm in Cornelius. The farm sits on 5 acres outside of town including three sunny, south facing, grassy, acres available for agriculture uses and around one acre of older trees that is open enough for shade crops.
We are 30 minutes from the Beaverton and Bull Run farmers’ markets, and 20 minutes from the Chehalem and Hillsboro farmers’ markets. Cobalt moon is 40 minutes from downtown Portland, 35 minutes from McMinnville, 30 minutes from Newberg, and if you just want to take a break, the coast is about an hour away.
We are leasing land from a ½ acre to all four production acres for market gardening heirloom vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, botanicals, and herbs.
The ideal farmer will have knowledge/experience in permaculture, biodynamic, or organic farming practices. Examples include:
There is no available housing on site. The current home onsite is occupied. Temporary RV/tiny house parking is available – No utility hookups. If you need to stay onsite this may be possible; just understand you will need to provide site work to support that. The property is zoned AF-5. Zoning prevents building another permanent living structure.
My immediate goals
- Find farmer(s) to prepare for production
- Amend and build the soil
- Improve the fence line
- Fully thriving organic farm where farmers are making $200,000 or more per year.
- Build a closed loop, mixed use, earth sheltered, aquaponics greenhouse, enabling a 365 day growing season
- Continue investing money into the land and structures
- If farm rents exceed the mortgage or the mortgage is paid off, additional funds left over will be invested into a fund for equipment, full time support staff
- Improve the barn to accommodate visitors comfortably and host occasional events
- Host a permaculture and market garden school, either on/off site
- Soil amendment. Land is being used to grow cover crops including buckwheat, borage, vetch, and crimson clover.
- Herbs are being introduced in limited quantities.
The water rights are unknown at the moment. We maximize Oregon’s climate to take advantage of rainwater harvesting methods such as rainwater collection, bioswales, and other conservation practices. The site has two wells on-site 7 gallons per minute and we are open to using well water when needed.
There is some livestock infrastructure still in place. The structures could use some improvement but are serviceable and immediately usable. Our plan is to repurpose them but if you are looking to start/expand a small animal operation, let us know.
Outbuilding with tool storage, potting shed, and large chicken coop.
Barn with electrical fixtures, storage, hayloft, 5000 gallon water storage tank, connected to the second well, and animal stalls. Dirt floor but we plan to put in a concrete floor and convert a portion into an office, and packaging center.
Small utility shed in the field
Property is fully fenced but currently needs to add another 10 feet in height (these deer have jetpacks!).
- Electric and small engine rototiller
- Post hole auger
- Hand tools
Water rights status is unknown, zoning prevents additional permanent living structures.
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