4 acres farmland for lease in Washington County


1-4 acres for lease in Washington County. 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 recently leased the three pastured acres to a hemp farmer this year. Unfortunately, the farmer did not get their grower’s license and we had to end the lease. We are leasing land from a ½ acre to all four production acres for market gardening heirloom vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, botanicals, and herbs. We are willing to consider hemp farming again, provided the grower conducts all due care requirements.

The ideal farmer will have knowledge/experience in permaculture, biodynamic, or organic farming practices. Examples include:

Permaculture Apprentice
Spiral Ridge Permaculture
We support the use of organic practices such as crop rotations, planting for beneficials, Lean, and grocery aisle guild rows.

We get a lot of queries from people wishing to park trailers, tiny homes, or yurts on the property with farming being the secondary priority (“We’ll farm as soon as our home is built…”). I need to be very clear on this: There is no available housing on site. The current home onsite is occupied. Temporary parking is available – No utility hookups. The property is zoned AF-5. Zoning prevents building another permanent living structure.

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

Reach out to make an appointment to see the land and discuss options.

Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

My immediate goals
- Find new farmer(s) to prepare for production
- Improve the fence line

Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

- Fully thriving organic farm where farmers are making $100,000 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

Land was being used to grow industrial hemp in aboveground greenhouses. Operations ceased when farmer did not obtain a license. Note, greenhouses still on site but should be removed by August.

Available Water / Irrigation

We maximize Oregon’s climate to take advantage of rainwater harvesting methods such as rainwater collection, bioswales, and other conservation practices. I am purchasing a 2500 gallon water tank for rainwater collection. The well onsite is residential, not agricultural so xeriscaping/water conservation is a must.

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, loft, 2500-gallon water storage tank, connected to the well, with rainwater collection tanks being added outside, and animal stalls. We are upgrading the barn to make it more functional, adding a concrete floor, adding some solar panels/venting, rocket mass heater, converting a portion into an office, bathroom connected to Homebiogas methane digester, and processing/packaging center. Over time we will fully insulate the barn and turn the loft into an event space if practical. 

Small utility shed in the field

Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

Farm Equipment Available for Use
- Electric and small engine rototiller
- Posthole auger
- Hand tools

Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

Agricultural well water not available, zoning prevents additional permanent living structures. If you intend to grow hemp, you will be responsible to obtain/maintain an Oregon hemp growers license before planting hemp starts. External fence is next to flag lot; neighbor who owns it does not allow access across the South border of the property.

Locations of land listings on map are not necessarily exact. Many are located on the nearest town or city.
County: Washington (state)

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 5

Acreage Available to Landseeker: 4

Date Property is Available: August 1, 2020

Possible Business Arrangements: Lease for cash

Lease Rate / Price: Progressive lease, we can discuss during site visit

Date when this listing was created: July 22, 2020

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Organic, Not Certified, Dry Farming, Season Extension

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

Agriculture Types Suitable:

Farm Details

Housing Available? No

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? Yes

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? No

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