We have three dogs and would like the farmer to be dog friendly and willing to share the land with the dogs.
We would like to lease our land to a responsible organic farmer who plans to incorporate our property into a broader commercial farming business. We would like to provide the land for an affordable price (negotiable) in exchange for a share of the produce and assistance with maintaining the property.
We have over a decade of experience in commercial organic farming, homesteading, and gardening and would be willing to provide logistical support, mentorship, and labor assistance to a farmer.
We would want to reserve a portion of the property for our own personal space and use, but would be willing to provide the farmer with a great deal of freedom to realize their own vision for the land. This property would be an ideal location to apply permaculture principles towards commercial urban farming.
We would be willing to consider the possibility of a secure long-term lease with the right farmer and an agreed upon plan for the property, perhaps after a year-long trial period. One of us (Thom) is interested in considering a possible future business partnership with an urban farmer, although his current work schedule would not make this possible.
There also are many other half acre lots in our neighborhood that could possibly be available space for an urban farmer to use. The plot immediately adjacent to us is a half acre lot being maintained as a lawn that we would love to see converted by an organic farmer into a productive garden space.
We are avid organic gardeners with a half acre lot located just south of Portland in the Ardenwald District of Milwaukie. Until two years ago, the property was almost entirely lawn. In the past year, we've planted berries, fruit trees, grapes, herbs, and a large vegetable garden. We have beautiful loamy soil and an established vegetable garden that was recently cover cropped. We have ready-made compost, large piles of leaves and wood chips, pallets, and empty beehives that could be put to use. We have had chickens and ducks on our property and currently have two hens.
We have some problems with invasive weeds, especially morning glory, Clematis, and blackberry, which are pervasive in our neighborhood. However, most vegetables and berries grow and produce very well in our soil. Due to our professions, we don't have time to manage much of our property but would love to see it produce healthy food and wildlife habitat for our neighborhood. We are very interested in turning it over to a local urban farmer who would like to incorporate it into their business.
We're located very close to the Springwater Corridor and the new Max lightrail line, as well as convenient bus lines. We're about a mile from the Milwaukie Farmers Market, Sellwood, and Reed College.
We have city water that would be made available to the farmer for irrigation. The soil has been tested for heavy metal contamination and has no detectable traces of metals. The vegetable garden soil is a loam. The orchard soil is probably a loamy clay. Berries and vegetables grow very well here.
Tool shed, available use of bathroom and sinks inside the house
We are zoned urban and are located in the City of Milwaukie.
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