30-ac Urban Farm in Salem


Our family operates a 30-acre urban farm, which we have owned for 75 years, in south Salem. The farm includes hayfield, pasture, wood lot, a large grove of Oregon White Oaks, a mixed oak-conifer forest with creek, and a menagerie of chickens, goats, llamas, sheep, and horses. We also have 3,000+ SF of gas heated, permanent greenhouse; barn storage and stables; tractor and implements; two wells (with potential for securing commercial water rights); extensive yard and work area, and a shop with tools and equipment. For the right fit, there may be an opportunity for onsite housing in a 3-bedroom caretakers quarters onsite. Being that we are in an urban site and not EFU zoning, we have some limitations on introducing “new” farming activities, but much of our existing activities (livestock, stabling, horticulture, vegetable production) can be continued. We are looking for an experienced team capable of maximizing the potential of this incredible urban location in the mid-Willamette Valley.

Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

Partnership with a successful farmer with an established business and track record.

Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

A successful, sustainable farm that contributes to the vitality of the urban community.

Current Use

Horticulture; livestock.

Available Water / Irrigation

Two wells; potential to acquire water rights.

Soil Type / Quality

Jory; some nekia. Soil report available.

Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

Barns; workshop; greenhouses; storage building; office.

Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

Fairly new Kubota tractor; implements; shop with tools.

Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

The farm is zoned RA but several farming activities date back to before City boundaries absorbed the property, and are therefore "grandfathered" uses (animals, limited retail). Any new, high-nuisance farming activities - like a dairy, wedding venue, or agritourism - would not be allowed at this location. There are no restrictions on growing plants. It is an urban location, so activities cannot create a major nuisance to surrounding homes. We have two wells and the potential for acquiring water rights with a demonstrated need such as crop irrigation.

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County: Marion

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 30

Acreage Available to Landseeker: 15-30

Date Property is Available: June 1, 2020

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

Lease Rate / Price: TBD

Date when this listing was created: October 25, 2019

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Organic, Not Certified, Conventional

Farming Practices Allowed: Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Conventional

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

Farm Details

Housing Available? Yes

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? Yes

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? No

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