For Sale Columbia Gorge Stunning 120 acres with multi-unit housing, needs farmer/land steward


Description

This is more than a farm or ranch. It is a magical piece of nature, with room and infrastructure to raise food, livestock, and families. With a two-acre spring-fed pond, year-round creek, stunning views of Mt. Adams, pristine meadows, and abundant wildlife, it is a haven for life in all forms. Normally a place of peace and quiet beauty, in Spring the song of frogs and the tumble of the cascade make it a place of peace and noisy beauty. Currently in use as a pastured meat and egg business with some market produce, it was formerly a theater camp; the infrastructure is well suited to both farm and non-farm income ventures. There is an 80′ x 40′ barn with a lights, fans and a stage which leads directly to a half-acre woven wire corral with lean-to, frost-free paddle waterer for horses, sheep, etc., and woodland. Another large (4 acre) 3-wire corral with separate sacrifice area has a second (Bar-Bar-A) frost-free waterer and woodland. A 60′ roundpen and a 24′ x 8′ 3-bin covered compost facility with cement floor are adjacent. A 48′ x 22′ movable (pipe skid) high tunnel has three available positions. A comfortable 2-bedroom 2-bath (plus loft) log cabin shares the pond with the resident heron and others. The creek runs the length of the property. The former dormitory building now incorporates two large one-bedroom apartments (850 s.f furnished, 1200 s.f. unfurnished), a laundry room, a 750 s.f. workshop, 900 s.f. “dance studio”, and a 300 s.f. room set up for drying crops and growing starts (but which could make additional room(s) for the apartments). The former classroom building is 60′ x 30′, with two large rooms and a one-car garage. Nestled in a shady nook is a trailer hook-up with electricity, water and septic access. A dry-season road and water line climb and run along a large central ridge to facilitate grazing on both sides of the ridge. Septic was built out for 30 people. There is a 30 gpm well with good water. No pesticides or chemical fertilizers have been used in the 6+ years I have owned the place. I have just listed the property for sale, see link: https://www.rmlsweb.com/v2/public/report.asp?type=CR&CRPT2=BgUFB2ddDnZdVF1fQF1bWgAzDC0BrYNQ1SbnbxGUBFPrd0QzDzDdgh

 


Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

I have stopped growing food for market and am now focused on stewardship of the land. I have planted some 1,000 native trees, shrubs and perennials, and am trying to nurture them and the land while looking for someone to bring their own passion and plan for land stewardship.


Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

I want this beautiful place to continue to be here for nature and nature-loving people, and to provide food and other resources to the community. It needs to be sustainable economically, environmentally, and socially, but I have come to realize that is not something my age and skills will allow me to bring to fruition. It is a big project, and I believe it will involve carefully managed multi-species grazing to continue to improve this big swath of land. Non-traditional income may be key to economic sustainability. I would love to see ventures needed in the community, such as a ruminant brush-management business or foster care. Other ideas include agritourism, ecotourism, performing arts, event and retreat space, weddings, horse boarding/training, etc. I am looking to sell, but am open to keeping some interest/access.


Current Use

A small pastured meat-and-egg operation with chickens, ducks, rabbits, and sheep has been here for three years. A small amount of market produce is grown and sold as well.


Available Water / Irrigation

25 gpm well. 5,000 gal/day "per project." Residence is one project. Farmer should check with DOE about interpretation of additional projects, but we have understood it to include a separate project supporting current farming operations.


Soil Type / Quality

Well-drained paragravelly and ashy loam from the Eagreek, Underwood and McGowan series. Organic matter has been increasing in recent years with managed rotational multi-species grazing and large amendments of compost, but the land would benefit from continued grazing, particularly of ruminants.


Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

80' x 40' cement floor barn with electricity. A large building with two 1-bedroom apartments, a 750 s.f. workshop, 900 s.f. "dance studio", and 300 s.f. drying/grow room. A 60' x 30' "classroom" building with two 30' x 24' rooms and a 1-car garage. Woodsheds, lean-to's, 60' roundpen, 24' x 8' cement-floor covered compost facility, 48' x 22' movable high tunnel with 3 graded positions available. Three large corrals (two with water) and t-post structures for additional corrals.


Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

Tractor: 31 hp Kubota, box grader, brush hog, forks, augers, snowblower. Many farm, garden and fencing tools, chainsaws, Skilsaws, hand tools, lumber mill, etc. Possibly my great Ford F250 farm truck. A large commercial refrigerator for produce or events, and a large commercial freezer. I currently have a 4-horse stock trailer and a 20' flatbed trailer but they are up for sale.


Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

Land is zoned for farm use. Water rights are 5,000 gallons/day "per project." The residence is considered one project. The farmer should confirm with the Dept. of Ecology what restrictions there are on use of water to support planned business. We get about 40-45" of rain per year. Wildlife here includes large predators and small, with our primary losses coming from human-adapted predators, primarily ravens (protected) preying on poultry, and to a lesser extent coyotes. No cannabis, please.


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County: Washington (state)

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 121.7 acres

Acreage Available to Landseeker: About 80 acres, mostly grazeland.

Date Property is Available: October 10, 2019

Possible Business Arrangements: Sale of Land, Other

Date when this listing was created: July 26, 2019

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Organic, Not Certified, Dry Farming, Season Extension, 7

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

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

Farm Details

Housing Available? Yes

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? No

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? No


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