Farm for Lease on 24 Irrigated, uncertified organic, acres located on the McKenzie River in Lane County


Lessor Organization: The McKenzie River Trus

Farmer Wanted: Seeking to enter into an initial five-year lease. The Lease covers a barn, greenhouse, shop, and a modern 4 bed 2 ½ bath home. We are looking for a Farmer to help carry on our 91 acres conservation property vision. This property has a conservation easement attached and contains a twenty-seven-acre farm zone, including a house, pond, and farm outbuilding headquarters.

Farm and Land Specifications

  • Water rights covering all farmed acres.
  • Eleven irrigated acres of good quality soil Newberg fine sandy loam, for cropping or hay production.
  • Twelve acres of mixed Pengra silt loam and Hazelair silty clay loam soils. These acres were historically grazed, with some organic crop production.
  • Greenhouse 28 X 40
  • Barn with solar panels 24 X 60
  • Shop, six bays 28 X 80
  • Irrigation pump and line
  • One acre pond
  • House 4bdr

Past Farming Operation

Historic small animal grazing operation and pasture rotation with mobile chicken houses and animal shelters, goats, sheep, ducks, turkeys, and rabbits produced.

Historic organic vegetable and small crop grain, organic greenhouse, CSA boxes, and field produce production. Both no spray clover hay and standard hay production for eight years.

We are ideally looking for an established or contract production farmer/s, preferably organic. Young or unestablished farmers with a solid business plan are also welcome. Farmers with strong land stewardship ethics and whose farm practices will strive to improve the soil’s soils and ecology, using methods that make both ecological and economic sense for their operation are preferred. Sustainable farming methods such as cover crops, insectaries, hedgerows, crop rotation, or rotational grazing is encouraged.

Flexibility will be required on this multi-use property. Sixty acres are conserved for fish and wildlife habitat and are under active management for those values. A Biannual operation team meeting is required to coordinate the many partner’s projects, restoration, and farming activities adequately and successfully on the property.

A successful Lessee will be asked to provide 1.) Contact information and references 2.) number of years and experience farming 3) A farm business plan, to Jodi Lemmer Stewardship Manager, McKenzie River Trust.

Inquiries reviewed as submitted and will be accepted until March 10th. Site tours will be made available.

Note: Background checks will be performed prior to signing any lease and/or crop-share agreements. Before renting the house, tenant and rental credit checks will be conducted.

Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

Water quality protection
Fish and wildlife habitat conservation
Locally sourced food, or fiber production
Maintenance of the good stewardship of the farmed acres
Neighbor and partner relationship building
-We hope to lease land and house together providing comfortable housing for a farming family, a couple, or individual leasing the land.

Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

The McKenzie River Trust’s Vision is clean, free-flowing rivers. Plentiful salmon runs. Vibrant farms and forests that provide livelihoods and habitat. From the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, we envision a future in which conservation lands are at the core of community efforts to sustain clean water, abundant fish and wildlife, and diverse natural resource economies in western Oregon.

Current Use

Cropping, grazing organic greens, and hay production
Additional Opportunities
• Organic seed or flower production
• Medicinal herbs
• Culturally relevant native plants
• Restaurant market development or food cart production

Available Water / Irrigation

Surface irrigation rights, pump, irrigation line, the house well, and pond.

Soil Type / Quality

Eleven irrigated acres of good quality soil Newberg fine sandy loam,
Twelve acres of mixed Pengra silt loam and Hazelair silty clay loam soils.

Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

Shop, barn greenhouse, house

Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

irrigation pump, line, and house well

Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

the conservation easement restricts building and grazing rights on twelve acres of farm property. These river adjacent acres are limited to non-grazing farm activities such as cropping or hay production. During site visits and before signing a lease, we will make sure that any farm partner leasing the farm zone acres fully understands the easement’s restrictions and how those restrictions might impact your planned operations.

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County: Lane

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 91

Acreage Available to Landseeker: 24

Date Property is Available: March 30, 2021

Possible Business Arrangements: Lease for cash, Partnership

Lease Rate / Price: Lease Price: Range $1,300 - $1,600 with house, depending on farm plan. We have the ability to graduate rent depending on market development.

Date when this listing was created: February 12, 2021

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Organic, Not Certified

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

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

Farm Details

Housing Available? Yes

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? No

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? No

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