For Sale: 80.39 FF0 acres near Willamina


My wife tells me all land is sacred, but this is a special place. It is amazing to build relationships with the plants, insects, birds and animals over five years, to participate in a transition of greater and deeper communication with the inhabitants that call this place home; they are my extended family… Native habitat, oak and mixed forests are balanced with south-facing quality soil pastures, farmland, and hundreds of scattered fruit trees. There are multiple locations of views over the valley, cascade and coastal mountain ranges, with one of the easier-to-work-with county planning departments to forward a multi-use property development plan. The location is unique in that in less than two minutes you are at the Hwy 22 and Hwy 18 junction; McMinnville, Salem, Corvallis, Willamina, Lincoln City, Neskowin, and Portland farmer’s markets all within reasonable distances.

We recently received water rights for nursery/irrigation/ag use on 30 of the 80.39 acres (giving you 5 years to get your irrigation ducks in a row). Infrastructure (electric, well with great water, septic, all to code), and three rentable spaces. Bulding permits, architectural plans, all in hand (home site views of Mt. Hood, Spirit Mountain, coastal range). 10 ½ acres south-facing mostly fenced pasture (soil test photo attached), 65+- acres mixed forest/old oaks, two stands of Douglas fir, multiple undeveloped springs on property, new permitted/installed 400 amp main panel (easy upgrade to 600 amp), 200 amp barn with concrete slab and massage studio/office, 200 amp shop, 75 amp pump house and seasonal timber management dwelling, extensive south-facing ridgeline with panoramic views of valley, cascade and coastal mountain ranges, acres of service berry, wild rose, pear, apple, Oregon hazelnut, mushrooms, chamomile family…

The property is on the market for sale, MLS #733460, and as nice and easy as it would be to sell outright, I want to continue considering an alternative route, because of how special this place is; I want to do everything I can to ensure the new owners/partners approach land ownership with the same care we have given.

The original vision for the farm was to develop it for multi-use, creating in essence, four primary ‘operations’; (1) 10-40 acres to lease to a farming/nursery business family, (2) seasonal hunters and gatherers wildlife reserve and retreat (“10” independently-owned R3 ‘residential’ structures with shareholdership in reserve), (3) a nature-based spa and massage practice, and (4) inclusive prayer and meditation grounds along the ridgline. The four operations would be interwoven in the sense that they would help meet one another’s needs through barter, trade and sharing property operation costs, and by design would create a legitimate, legal community or ‘neighborhood’. The farming operation would, among other things, grow the food for the retreat, my wife’s massage and spa operation (sauna, etc.), a bowyer’s shop (hunting bows) and seasonal timber management dwelling (currently rented to my chainsaw artist friend whose shop is off the farm) would help pay the bills, and all would be balanced with a reasonable dose of agritourism and outdoor workshops and education. All the different foods and items manufactured on the farm (nursery plants, bows and arrows, etc.) would be sold out of the farm stand right off Highway 22.

The Polk County planning dept has been incredible in formally and informally giving the green light to this pursuit.  The long term goal being the development of the farm into a sister farm to our Costa Rican farm, creating a bridge between cultures and communities, and assisting in the trade and education of traditional, indigenous, and creative farming, hunting, gathering and lifestyle practices.

Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

My family and I are moving back down to Costa Rica in October 2018 to transition back to the Caribbean lifestyle and begin again in the development of the farm/rainforest property with our indigenous BriBri and local friends/family (I bought the property in 2003 and have spent many years living there). Were we to find the right fit in lease-to-own, partnership, etc with you here on the Oregon farm, you would be free to settle into the Oregon farm this year and find your rythmn and place here while we are out of the country. An offering from me would be to return annually to the farm and continue forest management and thinning around the bird nesting season of April thru July, as a work trade for timber. Maybe we could be 50/50 (or ?..) partners, where, were the zoning laws ever to allow the subdivision of the property, it would be split 50/50, with you retaining the water rights, farmland, lower 40 acres, and my wife and I retaining the upper 40 acres, wildlife reserve, hunters and gatherers retreat and prayer/meditation space? We currently have a property maintenance and management work trade with a family living in their RV on the property; it would be a great joy if they could stay on here.

Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

See above

Current Use

On the 10 ½ acres of pasture: 4 years fallow pasture prior to purchase in 2013; four summer cycles of longhorn and horse rotation grazing since then; it’s been great to trade pasture use for longhorn meat/fence work/backhoe use with multiple neighbors. Had 100 muscovy ducks and 12 hens last few years, but focused on infrastructure and construction. Raised beds and gardens for family use, wild harvesting.

Completed NRCS timber management grant in January 2017, thousands of cured maple, oak and fir timbers on ground; property managers could yard timber this Winter/Spring for on-site milling and building next summer. I have been harvesting ceremonial firewood (maple) from the property for three years with the Four Nations Native American Church…plenty of light and room in the forest for rotational grazers. Have excel doc of plants found on property by naturalist friend; incredible native habitat (seasonal elk herd, quail, raptors, owls, deer, bobcat, bear, lion, etc.), harvest acres n acres of service berry, wild rose, chamomile family, salmon berry, strawberry, heal-all, teasel, controlled blackberry…Weylin Olive and his Swiftbows hunting bow company just moved out, would love another bowyer to move in! Homeschooling, playground, tiny homes, etc.

Available Water / Irrigation

30 acres of water rights. 182' well, 10 GPM (3/4 hp pump, upgrade pump, lots more water). Underground water lines to high side of 10 1/2 acres. Two seasonal ponds, at least two undeveloped springs. Have water trailer with 13hp Honda generator and water pump, over 1,800’ of fire hose, and a 3,000 gallon water truck. Gentle slopes for gravity-feed.

Soil Type / Quality

Unique and diverse soil types, veggies, row crops, berries, grapes. See attached photo of soil lab test for the pasture soil.

Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

Barn with concrete slab and new 200 amp electric panel/water, washer/dryer/freezers/fridges; office/massage studio with tub/shower; shop with tub/shower; seasonal timber management dwelling with bath/kitchen; 12 x 40’ covered stall; steel frame 35' x 50' x 14' greenhouse frame; outbuildings/storage…

Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

Not part of property sale, but I’d like to help get you started off as best I can…Full shop and tools, water/pump equipment, I’ve been doing trades and renting neighbor’s backhoe, tractors/disk/mower/dozers, etc; fencing materials, water tanks…

Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

No hard chemicals, etc., no logging/major forest management work during bird nesting April - July.

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County: Polk

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 80.39

Acreage Available to Landseeker: All

Date Property is Available: July 21, 2018

Possible Business Arrangements: Sale of Land, Lease-to-own, Partnership, Other

Lease Rate / Price: Option for Owner Carry…If I could split the property in half and sell the half with ALL the infrastructure, water rights, etc to a farmer and keep the bulk of the forest, I’d do it…maybe we can find a creative way for property shareholdership/ownership to do just that? I am 100% committed to following my heart and trying out new things, letting my faith carry me and being of service to others, while being realistic; if the right farmer fit doesn’t come along here really soon, we plan to sell the property outright. $638,000 with substantial downpayment. Rentals on property will cover more than monthly mortgage payment.

Date when this listing was created: April 20, 2016

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Organic, Not Certified

Farming Practices Allowed: Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension, Other

Agriculture Types Suitable: Beans, Bees, Berries, Cattle, Dairy, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Goats, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Hogs, Horses, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables, Vineyard, Other

Farm Details

Housing Available? Yes

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? Yes

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? No

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