We purchased 20 acres in Newberg (Ladd Hill/Parrett Mountain) just under a year ago. The land was previously used for a small amount of cattle and hay. There is a seasonal pond and creek, good well and loads of blackberries along the creek. Last year we were picking about 2 gallons of blackberries a day during peak blackberry season with very little effort. We currently have 4 horses, a miniature horse, two chickens and two beehives on the property. There is plenty of room for many more bees. We compost all of our manure so there is a goodly supply! We are just down the street from several wineries.
We have approximately 5-6 acres available to be farmed; 2 +/- are open, sunny, level(ish), 1+ on a usable hill with good sun, and several somewhat steep, heavily wooded. Other than the previous owner having a small plot of marijuana, the land has mostly been left alone. We are told that a neighbor would occasionally graze his small herd of cattle in the fields and the fields were mowed for hay (self seeded, not fertilized or irrigated). So basically, the land is bare and hasn’t had much done with it in about 10 – 15 years. The land is partially fenced, although not well. Last year, what with moving, etc, I didn’t plant anything until about June and still got a ton of vegetables. Things really grow here!
There are several very heavily producing, very old apple trees in need of some love, as well as two walnut trees, and an older pear and an Italian prune tree (AMAZING jam). Last summer I planted a few cherry trees, some figs, multi-budded apples, plum, quince, pomegranate and an olive tree. I am willing to plant more. I have an additional area that I would be willing to have planted with raspberries and other varieties of blackberries. I am told there are truffles back in the woods but we didn’t find any last year.
Establish growing beds, trees, fencing, etc.
We would love to have someone using the land for permaculture, hugelculture (we have lots of trees available for use) organic, etc. growing of fruits, vegetables, flowers. A multi-crop, lean, and sustainable organic family farm selling CSA, market, and supplying food businesses would be ideal. It is mandatory that no GMO seed or non-organic substances are used on our farm.
We are open to having a small number of sheep and goats on the property, as long as they are cared for and maintained by you as part of the agreement. Possibly a small herd of American Guinea Hogs (great for cleaning up dropped apples, walnuts, and other fruit) as well as additional chickens.
Our ultimate goal is to have someone farm the land, using organic, sustainable and permaculture methods. As the land is essentially bare, at this point, we would be willing to offer the use of it in exchange for the labor to develop it and a small amount of produce/fruit for the two of us. Once the land is in good, producing condition, we would like to have a small percentage of the produce to donate to food banks or other organisations that are in need of fresh, healthy produce.
There is an old, drafty barn that could be fixed up for storage, as well as half of a fairly large, somewhat drafty shop with a new concrete floor. Half of the shop is currently used for hay storage.
There is also the possibility of starting a small distillery with our immediate neighbors who have a large empty shop and are considering that. It may also be possible to rent the shop from them for storage. They are also interested in possibly having goats.
My husband is working and I am retired, no children.
We are not offering living quarters. We value our privacy and the wonderful peace and quiet here and that is an important consideration.
We have a small tractor that may be available for use.
A few horses, a few chickens.
Well Water 15gpm
Older shop building, old barn.
Possible use of a 25hp tractor
Land is zoned EFU, so good to go for farming. We are not aware of any conservation easements.
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