I’m Eric. I have a 5 acre farm/home in Cornelius . I work full time and don’t have the time/experience to farm but want to make the home as self sustaining a possible. The farm sits on 5 acres outside of town and 25-30 minutes from the Beaverton farmers market. The property looks like it was used for medium sized livestock (chicken, pork, miniature cows, lamas, sheep, and/or alpaca). The structures could use some improvement but are immediately usable. Roughly four south facing, grassy, acres are available for agriculture uses. The land is nearly a blank canvas with much of the essentials in place already and the possibilities are limitless… except for the acreage and the climate. I don’t recommend trying to grow Joshua Trees.
I’m hoping to connect with a new/experienced farmer interested in leasing land for market gardening row vegetables, fruits, medicinal mushrooms, botanicals, and herbs for CSA, food box programs, retail, and/or restaurants. Selection is up to you but recommend diverse, high demand crops. I hadn’t planned on raising livestock but if you are experienced and can make a credible business case, this may be an option.
The ideal farmer will have knowledge/experience in permaculture, biodynamic, or organic farming practices. Although I’m a technophile, I’m not interested in conventional “chemically boiling the ocean” approaches to farming and wish to take advantages of organic practices such as crop rotations, planting for beneficials, and use Oregon’s climate to take advantage of rain water harvesting and drip irrigation. I’m open to using the well water when needed.
The housing on site is spoken for but there is RV parking and should be able to accommodate a tiny house/RV but I’m sure that there aren’t utility hookups yet. The site has a solar rating of 82 and the house has 3 KW of panels already. If you need to stay onsite this may be possible; just understand site work will need to be done and zoning prevents building another permanent living structure (Zoned AF-5).
Hope to hear from you soon!
My immediate goals
-Reclaim the pasture for production
-Put some key infrastructure in place
My ultimate goal is for the property is for it to pay for itself while enabling a farmer to make full-time, prosperous, living.
I am planning to build a closed loop, mixed use, earth sheltered, aquaponics greenhouse, enabling a 365 day growing season.
Land has not been in production for a couple of years. I live in the home on the property.
No known water rights, two wells on-site 7 gallons per minute
I plan to maximize the use of rainwater collection, bioswales, and other conservation practices
Not sure yet; currently grass pasture. Area has several vineyards nearby.
Property is fully fenced but currently needs repairs in spots which I intend to begin once I move in.
Outbuilding with tool storage and large chicken coop.
Small corral space.
RV Parking is available.
Barn with electrical fixtures, storage, hayloft, 2500 gallon water storage, connected to a second well, and animal stalls. Dirt floor but I plan to put in a concrete floor and convert a portion into an office, and processing area.
Electric and small engine rototiller
We can discuss if tractor/ equipment is needed
Water rights status is unknown, zoning prevents additional permanent living structures. I've been told by a couple of visitors that certifying organic may be challenging
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