For Lease: 17-acre certified organic farm near Alsea, Ore.


Description

Common Treasury Farm is a small intentional community and has been a certified organic crop and livestock operation since 1993. We are looking for a motivated farmer or farming couple to lease our ground, starting in August, 2019, with possible orientation and/or move in starting earlier. Property includes established irrigation system, 2 acres of fenced blueberries and crop land, 30’X 75′ high tunnel, 14 acres of pasture land with 2-wire perimeter fencing, sheep barn, 20’x 24′ propagation house. Some housing available, must be prepared to share kitchen with one older woman who works part time in town. We are LGBTQ friendly.

The two middle-aged, current farmers need to relocate to Washington for several years, due to aging parents and the need for better schooling for our teenage daughter. Potential lessors must have previous experience with rural living and be able to undertake day-to-day farm upkeep, including household/irrigation plumbing systems, household electrical, wood heating, etc. Due to the remoteness of our area, be aware that off-farm jobs that require daily commuting are not sustainable. Property does have fast, fiber-optic internet, so tele-commuting is an option. Interested applicants should have several years farming experience and a plan for supplemental income to offset seasonal cash flows. We are not interested in parties seeking to undertake recreational cannabis production. Limited (2-3 acres) industrial hemp cultivation negotiable for the right person(s), provided you meet other criteria, including, but not limited to, complying with the provisions laid out in the 2019 farm bill. Lessor must maintain current organic certification for the property.

No horses allowed, as one of the farmers has serious allergies to these. Goats highly discouraged due to their tendency to damage fruit trees and our recovering riparian area.

 

 

 

 

 


Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

We are relocating to a small property in Washington, starting in Aug., 2019. We intend to return to the Alsea property for 2-3 months during the summer months, but would not be involved in farming during that time. We would be open to a 1-2 year lease with the right person(s), with the option to extend up to 5 years, after which time we hope to return full time.


Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

We would be open to the right younger farmers buying into property after several years of leasing. We are an intentional community and land is held by several individuals as tenants in common. Buying into the property would be subject to our established by-laws.


Current Use

We currently produce blueberries for u-pick and our own use. We raise 3-4 head of beef cattle and 13-15 sheep in addition to sending 15-20 hogs/year to market. All animals are intensively pastured. We have previously marketed vegetables at farmers markets on the coast and in Corvallis.


Available Water / Irrigation

Water rights to Lobster Creek. House well with 8-10 GPM for household and post-harvest use. Seasonal creeks and water catchment tanks.


Soil Type / Quality

Sandy Loam. We get over 100" of rain in the winter, but the land dries out quickly in spring. Western exposure.


Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

30'X 75' high tunnel
20 X 24' insulated greenhouse (propagation house ) with power, ventilation
24' X 34' Sheep barn
Multiple cabins.
Communal kitchen building.
Bath house with shower/bath, washer/drier


Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

Use of small Kubota tractor negotiable to right person(s). Brush hog, tractor-mounted tiller, walk-behind tiller, older disk, bed listers.


Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

Land must be manged as certified organic.
No horses.
No recreational cannabis cultivation for commercial use.
No substance abusers or religious extremists.


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County: Benton

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 17.8

Acreage Available to Landseeker: 16

Date Property is Available: August 15, 2019

Possible Business Arrangements: Lease for cash

Lease Rate / Price: Negotiable.

Date when this listing was created: January 15, 2019

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Certified Organic, Season Extension

Farming Practices Allowed: Certified Organic, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension

Agriculture Types Suitable: Bees, Berries, Cattle, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Herbs, Hogs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Sheep, Vegetables

Farm Details

Housing Available? Yes

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? Yes

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? No


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