Join an Independent Farm Cooperative on 108 acres


Description

I purchased this land in Nov 2017 with a vision of building a small-scale diversified cooperative farm operation. As a permaculturist interested in practicing regenerative agriculture, I want to build a collective of independent small-scale farm operations who make maximum use of the opportunities afforded by co-locating. To be clear, I am not looking to be a mentor. I am seeking “journeyman” level farmers (or higher), who are ready to be in charge of their own independent operations, while also being part of a larger cooperative which facilitates mutual support.

We are surrounded on all sides by a large-scale timber operation. We have 108 acres containing approximately 35 in pasture and 70 in woodland. The land includes the top of a hill with most of the pasture on a gentle south facing slope. We have a seasonal creek (Pebble Creek), and elevation ranges from 650 ft at the creek to 1250 ft at the top of the hill. There are about 20 acres of the woodland which would lend itself very nicely to silvopasture. There are a few miles of trails on the property in various states of repair. There is a ~30,000 sq ft pond, but it would need to be rebuilt as it no longer holds water.


Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

The 35 acres of pasture needs to be grazed. It hasn’t been in 20+ years, and I would like to see it restored to its full potential. If you are interested in practicing intensive rotational grazing, you might be a good early fit. Also, the forest needs maintenance, so I also see an immediate opportunity for utilizing thinned trees for mushroom cultivation and woodworking.


Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

I am looking to build a collective of independent small-scale permaculture-aligned co-located agrarian businesses. In addition to grazing, mushrooms, and woodworking, eventual opportunities include (but are not limited to) beekeeping, grains, aquaculture in a restored pond, compost/vermiculture, dairy, flowers, medicinals, and secondary businesses that process onsite products for sale (ferments, sauces, etc). While there would be guidelines for the types of practices these businesses could engage in, I am not looking to be anybody’s boss. The particulars of individual operations would be left to the owners of those businesses (within the guidelines set out in the larger site-plan). However, these businesses would be members of a larger collective whose purpose would be to encourage synergies between operations making them more efficient, more resilient, and more profitable, while improving the land in the process.


Current Use

Currently, I am maintaining a half-acre vegetable garden with laying birds. While it has not yet achieved its full potential in production, the current garden area would probably be my primary agrarian pursuit for the next few years, with an eye towards growing enough vegetables for the extended farm community. Also, I am intending to build a few small cabins for agri-tourism revenue.


Available Water / Irrigation

We have a 5 gpm well for homestead use, a spring on the property that could be permitted for ag use, and rights to a spring off the property.


Soil Type / Quality

Melby silt loam, gobble silt loam


Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

My kids and I live in a 3000 sq ft farmhouse set at the base of the pasture land. The house contains a recently remodeled basement apartment that is available for habitation, which I can provide for someone who would be especially committed to building this cooperative. However, my kids will likely mean you can count on some pitter patter of footsteps from above. 😀 There are also places for setting up trailers or tiny homes, but I cannot provide water or power hookups for these. It may be a BYO Composting Toilet situation.

We also have a 1300 sq ft wood shop. I am open to building a barn, but I would need to consult on particulars


Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

- Kubota MX5200 tractor with the following implements:
- front-loader
- grapple
- tiller
- grader
- wood chipper
- auger
- mower
- backhoe
- logging winch
- Trencher
- Push behind tiller
- Brush mower
- Wood shop
- Table saw
- Radial arm saw
- Drill press (soon)
- Planer (soon)
Chainsaws
8 x 12 trailer

Equipment on the short-list:
- Wood mill
- Heavy duty chipper


Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

We are zoned EFU


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County: Washington

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 108

Acreage Available to Landseeker: 35 pasture (some could be converted to growing crops), 70 woodland

Date Property is Available: October 1, 2020

Possible Business Arrangements: Partnership, Other

Lease Rate / Price: negotiable

Date when this listing was created: August 21, 2020

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, 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? No

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? No


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