Maybe a field of organic lavender or something like that? Something that doesn’t require much maintenance on the part of you farmers, something you would only have to visit occasionally and for harvesting, once it is established? But I am completely open to an adventure, mostly of an “annual” nature.
The house adjacent to us is a Guesthouse, from which our main “retirement” income will be coming… and any kind of farming operation would be an addition to the experiences of my guests.
I would love to see the land used for some type of learning experience. We only income we would need from the land within 5 years is for someone to pay the irrigation power bill and contribute toward the taxes, which are very low, since it is zoned farm/cropland. I could see it used as a ...demonstration farm, maybe? "Learn to grow organic vegetables after amending the soil"? "Growing baby vegetables to be transported daily to the restaurants of Eugene"? (We are about an hour away.)
We could not pay for anything, that is the thing. Not soil-amendments, rental of farm equipment, seed....but as I say, it is fenced against the deer, irrigated down the middle of the field (buried), has a road along one side, and paid-for. 🙂 We have a flat adjacent field where large farm machinery could be stored...but they would need a porta-potty.
Of course, seeing a field of flowers or herbs out there would be beyond dream-like. 🙂
We will not be selling this land or renting-it-to-own, nor will our daughters. A year-to-year lease might also be possible, of course. I would be open to nearly any kind of vegetable/berry production (except rye grass, or any grass for seed, really--- my whole family is allergic)....we are very open to many ideas, except livestock, trees, wine grapes.
There are about 6 acres that we personally inhabit and garden. Very small scale and not on the area I am discussing for this program--- organic seed garlic, several kinds of berries, tomatoes, asparagus, figs, several kinds of plums, many apples and pears and about a zillion Asian pears. (We can't handle all the tree fruit anymore, by the way--- it's free to anyone who will come pick it. 🙂 .
All the land we have has lain fallow for four years; we have only had some (visiting) sheep grazing on it for about 6 months. (Gone now... and we don't wish to have a livestock operation.)
We used to lease the big (fenced) pasture to a farmer who raised things for seed. (Inorganically. But he has been gone for four years.)
We have sold a very small amount of produce; it is mostly for our own use. This big field is irrigated by the main branch of the Umpqua River. (We are beyond being able to change the irrigation pipe, also. )
Deep river-bottom top soil (the farmer who leased it said it is 15 feet deep.) We don't know what it needs, as we aren't actual farmers. The irrigation system is the old-fashioned kind, where you have to move the pipes. So far we have never been cut off. The main Umpqua has plenty of water in it, at this time. Small pump we put in the river in the spring. Land is flat, has a road down one side, is close to highway, and sunny all day.
The parcel to be farmed was completely fenced recently against deer, with truck-sized gates. It is between a hazelnut orchard, a vineyard, the river and our area of the land. The neighboring vineyard and orchard are not organic; it is my understanding that there has to be a 25-foot buffer, which would be easy to do, since the area is so big.
Our house, a Guesthouse, a barn and a shop. None of these would be part of your farming operation, unfortunately. We would be open to thoughts of some kind of shed, etc.
Nope! Unfortunately, we are not farmers on a big scale, just gardeners--- but we are surrounded with farmers. My husband is an architect, 78, and I am a fiduciary who used to be a teacher, 69-- we're a little short on farming equipment.
It is zoned farm/cropland. There are no problems with anything else, like conservation easements. (There is a high-power electrical tower on the land, and the BPA has an easement up one side, where they have built a nice little gravel road. (The Freeway To Nowhere.) All that is necessary to deal with that is that they have to have keys to one of the gates.
We have very old water rights, and the pump in the river is on our land.
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