4-Acres Farmland for Lease in Washington County


Cobalt Moon is a 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 less than an hour away. We are leasing land from all four production acres for market gardening heirloom vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, botanicals, herbs, and/or small-medium livestock.  The ideal farmer will have knowledge/experience in permaculture, biodynamic, or organic farming practices. Examples include: https://permacultureapprentice.com, https://www.spiralridgepermaculture.com/about-spiral-ridge/. Our ideal farmer wish to take advantage of organic practices such as crop rotations, planting for beneficials, Lean, and grocery aisle guild rows

Unfortunately, we no longer have permanent housing available. Temporary RV/tiny house parking is available – No utility hookups. If you want to stay onsite this may be possible; just understand you will need to provide site work. We can help with the use of tractor/excavation equipment. The property is zoned AF-5. Zoning prevents building another permanent living structure.

Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

-Build an initial, temporary, greenhouse.
-Build washing, cooler, and crop storage area
-Install water storage tanks next to barn.
-Create fields (starting with an acre or less), amend as needed, and prepare land for planting
-Seed fields into cover crop for producing vegetables and fruits the following season
-Amend and build the soil

Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

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

Current Use

Soil amendment. Land is being used to grow cover crops including buckwheat, borage, vetch, and crimson clover. Blackberry is being removed with natural methods.
Herbs are being introduced in limited quantities

Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

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, 2500 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.
The property is fully fenced but currently needs to add another 10 feet in height (these deer have jetpacks!).

Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

Electric and small engine rototiller
Post hole auger
Hand tools

Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

The well is for residential use only and there is NO agricultural well on site. We maximize Oregon’s climate to take advantage of rainwater harvesting methods such as rainwater collection, bioswales, and other conservation practices. Previous renters trucked in water for the dry season.

IF you are planning to grow hemp, you are responsible to obtain all permits before planting any crop. Additional leasing fees may apply as well. If you plant hemp without a license, you void the lease, deposit, and any fixtures/improvements you've made.

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County: Washington

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 5

Acreage Available to Landseeker: 3-4

Date Property is Available: October 1, 2022

Possible Business Arrangements: Lease for cash, Partnership

Lease Rate / Price: 1100

Date when this listing was created: March 30, 2022

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices:

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

Agriculture Types Suitable:

Farm Details

Housing Available? Yes

Water Available? No

Property Fenced? Yes

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