Strassel Farm has a rich history. Located in Tillamook country between the gorgeous Oregon Coast and the Portland metropolitan area, the property consists of 55 acres of privately preserved wilderness and 25 acres of active farmland. It is adjacent to Tillamook State Forest on the western slope of the Cascade mountains. The name “Tillamook” is a Chinook language term meaning “people of Nekelim.”
Two streams pass though the property. The stream in the north is a tributary to Cummings Creek. That in the southwest is Strassel Creek. Springs provide fresh healing mineral waters to the house and surrounding fields.
The property currently serves many purposes. It contains two residences, hayfields, and forest. The hayfields are currently leased and hay harvest occurs in July.
The property serves as a place for family to gather and work together. It is a place with great historical significance in an amazing location.
On the South end of the property is a four-bedroom farmhouse and 1500 sq ft barn which operate as guest housing and as live/work space for artists, creating a culturally rich and enlivened atmosphere overall. There is also room around the property for tents and temporary structures. As a destination, this property can function well for researchers of Northwest ecosystems, alternative farming techniques and ecology, or as an alternative laboratory for academic programs in art, architecture, science, literature and much more. A plan is in place to develop organic gardens around the main homestead providing fresh produce to guests and artist residents during late summer. Fruit trees provide cherries, apples, plums and pears. Perennial herbs and flowers are highlights of the family garden. Running through the property are myriad birds and wildlife including elk, rabbit, deer, coyote, bear, hummingbirds, cardinals and finches.
The Barn Studio is the heart of the Strassel Farm Artist in Residence Program. In 2019, as founding and principle artists, Mette Tommerup and Robert Chambers invited their colleague and friend, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle to inaugurate the studio and develop the program as its director.
Meeting with like-minded individuals who are interested in developing sustainable farming techniques for profit.
To build and grow a family business.
Hay fields, private residence, forest, guesthouse.
There are streams, but currently hay fields are dry farmed. Irrigation would need to be explored and developed in a low impact way.
Melby silt loam, 2 to 30 percent slopes 45% Melby silt loam, 30 to 60 percent slopes 5% Olyic silt loam, 5 to 30 percent slopes 36% Olyic silt loam, 30 to 60 percent slopes 13% Tolke silt loam, 5 to 30 percent slopes 2%
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