39-Acre Farm near Sandy Seeks Landmates and Collaborators

Description

We honor that the land we steward lies in the ancestral lands of the Clackamas, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, and Confederated Tribes of the Siletz peoples.  

We are a 39-acre farm+forest regenerative collaborative located 35 miles east of Portland near Sandy, OR (https://scrumpyforestfarm.square.site and @scrumpy.farest).  Our current efforts include building a 2.5-acre food forest/polyculture fruit, nut and berry orchard; cultivating a 7-acre silvopasture with summer sheep, chickens, and pigs; stewarding a 1.5-acre garden; and hosting hipcampers in our 20-acre forest with 8 primitive campsites.  We’d like to expand our team to include a couple of resourceful, responsible, and regeneratively-minded folks who want to run their own enterprise, or collaborate with us to operate/manage the existing farming enterprises.  (My goal is to work together to be mutually profitable and thriving, not to capitalize on your skills and contribution for my profit.)

We have tools, equipment, space, and skills to help you start or build a range of farm enterprises that could fit within the current farm operations: e.g., a herb or flowers, bees, mushrooms, or additional pastured animals (especially chicken, duck or geese) enterprises would be very compatible within the current farm structure.

Depending on your needs, we may have on-site housing, and/or could help arrange nearby housing.  We’re also open to leasing land to collaborators who live off-site and come for daytime work or overnight camping as needed.

Feel free to contact me at scrumpyforestfarm@gmail.com for more information.


Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

By using principles of indigenous land tending, permaculture, biodynamic, organic regenerative agriculture, we hope to rebuild the ecological richness and function of the fields, pastures, forest, and wetland. We are in the establishment phase of building three integrated enterprises: raising pastured animals, building a food forest/forchard, and hosting summer campers. Farm tenants/collaborators may want to establish independent but complementary enterprises, or expand on the existing enterprises on the farm.


Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

Long-term, we envision 2-3 households living independently in small/tiny houses, tending independent- or cooperatively-owned farm enterprises, stewarding the land, and enjoying lots of fun together. The ecosystem is flourishing with biodiversity, thriving businesses, and strong connections to our local communities.


Current Use

homestead-scale gardening, orchards, rewilding forest. see website for more information.


Available Water / Irrigation

12-acre water rights, 15 gpm pump, irrigation system established for 6 acres


Soil Type / Quality

clay/loam:
deep, well-drained, and easily worked,
high organic matter content (12-15%)
pH of 5.5
good fungal and bacterial diversity but low abundance and activity
nutrient-poor -- low NPK, magnesium and calcium


Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

workshop, storage sheds, 12'x20' greenhouse


Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

24 HP Kubota tractor, small trailer, mower, rototiller


Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

At 1500 feet, the farm has a relatively short growing season (approximately 150 frost-free days per year).


What are you doing as a landholder to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone on your land and in your community?

Our team welcomes people of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, orientations, and lifestyles. We are continually growing and learning how to better create safe and inclusive spaces and remain open to hearing and learning how we can do better.


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County: Clackamas

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 39

Acreage Available to Landseeker: up to 39 acres, if enterprise is layered within existing operations in a

Date Property is Available: June 1, 2024

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

Lease Rate / Price: negotiable

Date when this listing was created: January 5, 2024

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Organic, Not Certified

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

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

Farm Details

Housing Available? Yes

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? Yes

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? Yes


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