For Sale — Ferns Edge Goat Dairy on 21 acres in Lowell — Oregon’s Only Licensed Raw Milk Producer


Description

Ferns Edge is an Oregon Farmstead Dairy producing clean, nourishing, delicious raw goat milk and award-winning artisan soft and hard goat cheese. We are Oregon’s only licensed raw milk producer and many have come to rely on our goat milk for all the wonderful health benefits it offers — plus our goat cheese is simply amazing and is easier to digest for most. Our handcrafted goat dairy products are available at Oregon’s finest natural markets in Portland, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Medford, and Ashland. You can also sample all of our cheese at the Lane County Farmers Markets on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

We are committed to creating and providing quality, nourishing goat milk products, and we’ve always used organic practices and certified feeds. No GMOs! We strive to foster sustainability and enhance our daily rhythm with the Earth. ‘Farmstead’ means our milk is produced on the farm and either bottled as raw milk or transformed into cheese within hours. While some creameries truck in their milk, which gets agitated as it is pumped in and out of a tank, ours is gently handled while truly fresh. Our Farmstead artisan cheeses are handmade in small batches and uniquely crafted to ensure quality, freshness, and a wonderful taste. Our soft cheese offerings are an array of fresh flavors seasoned with our own farm-raised herbs or off-farm organic ingredients and wild-crafted edibles. Proven specialties include our award-winning wheels of raw milk aged Mt. Zion, winner 2012 World Cheese Silver Award, and our Chanterelle Garlic Chèvre, winner 2013 World Good Foods Competition Bronze.

Ferns Edge Goat Dairy is located in the Cascade Foothills of Central Oregon, nestled at the base of Mt. Zion, overlooking beautiful Dexter Lake in the Southern Willamette Valley. Ferns Edge is “staffed” by the long-established and award-winning Mt. Zion Dairy Goat herd — bred and tended since the ’70’s by owner/operator Shari Reyna, who was later joined by her partner, Fred Warner.

Despite our best efforts to keep going, we must sell the dairy and the land it resides on — 21.1 acres zoned for residential and agricultural use. More details coming soon. In the meantime, please reach out with inquiries and questions. We see many potential matches on here and hope to find a buyer very soon!

Learn more about Ferns Edge Goat Dairy on Facebook and on our website.


Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

To continue operating the dairy and delivering raw goat milk and cheese to our wonderful Oregon customers. To find a suitable buyer who shares our vision for the future of this property, or brings a new one that inspires discussion and consideration.


Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

To continue operating the dairy and delivering raw goat milk and cheese to our wonderful Oregon customers. To turn the dairy into a sustainable and profitable business so it can continue long into the future. To expand the dairy's reach and offering, and to better educate the public about the many benefits of goat dairy and sustainable farming. To install a road and farm store to allow greater access and education for the public. To make better use of the land and grow all the ingredients used in the dairy products. To create opportunities for others and feed our local community. To continue.


Current Use

Ferns Edge Farmstead Goat Dairy — All Operations
Breeding and Raising Goats that Produce Nourishing Milk Year Round
Producing Oregon's Only Licensed Raw Milk and Farmstead Artisan Goat Cheese

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no living quarters on this property, however 5 acres are zoned Rural Residential and allow for a permanent dwelling to be built. The current owners/operators live on the neighboring property, South of the dairy, and hence they are very close by for mentoring. A trailer or tiny home could be easily installed to provide temporary housing for the new owners, or for a caretaker arrangement.


Available Water / Irrigation

2 Wells — 1 for Dairy, 1 for Future Homesite
Springfed Manmade Pond — Feeds Main Pasture


Soil Type / Quality

Varies throughout property. The main pasture is old farmland and needs restoration. The goat pastures also need some attention to make them more nourishing and renewable. The forested 5 acres has been untouched for decades so the soil should be rich and healthy. Potential buyers are welcome to do their own soil testing.


Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

Milking Goat Barn, Buck Barn, Various Goat Pens & Supplies
Dairy, Creamery, & Supplies


Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

Tractor, Dump Truck, Various Farming Tools & Supplies


Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

A driveway needs to be built to allow more direct access to the dairy/land from the highway. This is essential for legal commercial use, large truck deliveries, and public access for tours and to purchase products from a farm store. A easement allows for a 30' driveway along the boundary of the neighbor's property, North of the dairy.


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County: Lane

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 21.1

Acreage Available to Landseeker: 16.1

Date Property is Available: December 1, 2019

Possible Business Arrangements: Sale of Land

Lease Rate / Price: Negotiable

Date when this listing was created: October 25, 2019

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic

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

Agriculture Types Suitable: Bees, Berries, Cattle, Dairy, Flowers, Goats, Herbs, Hogs, Horses, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables

Farm Details

Housing Available? No

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? Yes

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? Yes


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