Seeking farmer to lease or work collaboratively on a 40 acre Upick farm with farm stand 2 miles south of Veneta Oregon. Space available can accommodate a tiny house or possibly RV with electrical and water hookups. Two different areas are available: 1) Fenced previously very productive market garden plot (2 to 4 acres) with some infrastructure (including hoop greenhouse); and 2) tiny barn (16 ft by 14 ft, currently setup as fancy large chicken coop) with lean to shelter and attached fenced tiny pastures ideal for poultry and sheep or goats as well as possibly pigs. Additional space for rotational grazing on additional acreage also possible. Has been farmed using better than organic methods for 20+ years and soil test results available.
Current owners both have farming backgrounds and have knowledge, tools and some equipment to run a small farm. It takes a village to tend to property and establish roots and biology in the ground. Goal is to grow local food “transparently” and have a positive impact on the land in production. We have focused on vermicomposting and permaculture at previous property. Intend to establish plant nursery and continue raising insects and growing mushrooms. Intend to find partner that could complement our efforts by growing flowers and vegetables as well as adding small livestock.
Mulch and add back fertility to depleted areas. Expand planted areas for production of vegetables and herbs. Apply for and open a plant nursery focused on natives and supporting new permaculture gardeners with small spaces.
Increase number and area occupied by native plants and reduce invasive species. Implement biodynamic inspired sustainable and resilience building farming methods. Expand types of fruit trees and bushes for U pick to increase season.
U pick and farm stand. Cross fenced pastures setup for sheep grazing. Operating farm in need of revitalization
Water catchment and well for processing
Soil test results available. 3 primary soil types on property. Details available on request. No rocks. Clay loam and acidic. Good organic content and already aerated a full of earthworms in market garden area.
Hoop greenhouse (20 by 95 ft)
Small greenhouse with benches
50 by 50 barn suitable for tool storage and dry space
We have flatbed trailers and tractor. We have mowers and farm tools. We have large occultation tarps and new clean cover to reskin tunnels.
Water availability in Summer.
Riparian area crossing the property
This property is new to us. We come from an academic background and have led many teaching and outreach efforts designed to promote socioeconomic diversity in STEAM. We have mentored many students unfamiliar with academic environments. Strong believer in lifelong learning and continuous improvement. Recently completed master gardener and land stewards program. Looking forward to continuing to develop skills and knowledge. In Jackson county I have volunteered as 4H leader for over 8 years most recently as horticulture superintendent. Always consider access and inclusion specially meeting students where they are and taking them where they indicate they want to go.
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