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This is a strange opportunity. We are looking for folks interested in taking over our lease on this great property, which is leased out by 221 Property Management in Grants Pass, because we’d love to help create more young farmer/land-tender and queer/queer-positive community. It’s a small community and this house/land has been an important node on the local map of great community houses and land projects.
We are particularly excited about people who identify with some of the visions and language in this post. Queer, rewilding, political engagement, deep ecology, permaculture, arts, life as art, community building, magic, becoming indigenous to place, solidarity with marginalized people, skillsharing, resilience. You don’t identify as queer, but we are and this house has been for the past 2 years, and we’re excited about building queer-friendly community here.
We are looking for folks to be able to commit by THE END OF OCTOBER or else we plan to put in our notice. (It will go up for rent thru the property management but we will likely have to remove existing garden infrastructure and the place would likely get snapped up by some retirees looking to live quietly in the country…which is fine for them but doesn’t contribute much to a more vital and exciting rural culture for young rad land-tender types.)
****The land/house will be available as early as November or as late as January (depending on your desires). There are 1-2 people here who may be interested in staying on if your visions align.*****
There are many stories of this place and local connections we would love to share with anyone interested.
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Rural art center, queer homestead, small farm, community house...you are welcome to do what you want here. We would be especially excited about folks who are interested in hosting events, possibly workshops, using and tending the land in a good way, allowing friends to come and swim here in the summer...
Up to you. We'd like to see this land stay in the hands of our broader community--that is gay/queer/farmer/magical/radical/politically engaged/creative/artist folks. Any or all of those. The fact that this land is a rental understandably limits the level of investment many folks are willing to but into the land but our hope is that if this land continues to be held in our community it will be worthwhile to plant fruit trees, etc. There are many folks who would excitedly support this place by buying produce, dairy, other products and coming out for work parties.
We have a small garden (~1/4 acre) with fencing (some of which has been knocked down by deer). We've been growing food here for two years but there is much more land which could be cultivated.
Well water available. Soil is alkaline, serpentine, and compacted by being horse pasture for several years about 10 years ago. The soil is dense and clay-y. We have some soaker hoses and sprinklers set up in the garden but otherwise it's up to you!
House (3 bedrooms + 2 locked-off bedrooms) w/ utility room. Woodshed. Fruit room (semi-cold storage...we're not sure. It's from the 1800s.) Workshop space. Barn--downstairs has animal stalls and workshop space, upstairs is former hay barn--high ceiling, wall may open up, lots of space. + small well house. 2 driveways.
We might be willing to loan our basic farm equipment depending on the person. Short-term loan only. Rototiller, weedwhacker, shovels, hoes, rake. Neighbors plowed the field for us and may plow for you. We have lots of friends in the area who could loan or help you get tools.
It's zoned residential. This is a rental property, leased by a local property management company. There is a creek which is actually on the neighbor's property (but we are free to swim in it--they rarely go down there) but NOT for pumping/irrigation. The property management company has said that gardening and farming are fine on the property but a farmstand or on-site business operation could bring up more issues.
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