I am looking for a someone to graze animals on 30 + acres of pasture / silvopasture. Preferably, I would like to find someone interested in practicing intensive rotational grazing to start a business selling some combination of meat / dairy / fiber. Such a person would be an anchor member of an agricultural cooperative I hope to develop here over the next few years along with two vegetable / medicinal farmers I have already begun working with.
I purchased this 108 acre parcel in Nov 2017 with a vision of building a small-scale diversified farm operation. I am not interested in being anybody’s boss or mentor. Instead my roll here is to facilitate and grow our cooperative while being responsible for the infrastructural needs of the property as a whole. I have a background in permaculture, and am looking for folks who are familiar with the terms and goals therein. I am working with a couple well-qualified permaculture consultants to develop a master plan that will guide the practices farmers engage in.
The land contains approximately 30 acres in pasture, 20 in potential silvopasture, and the rest in woodland. It includes the top of a hill with most of the pasture on a gentle south facing slope. We have a seasonal creek, and elevation ranges from 650 ft at the creek to 1250 ft at the top of the hill. There is also a ~30,000 sq ft pond, but it will need to be rebuilt as it no longer holds water. There should hopefully be an onsite spring pumped up to the height of land for ag water by Spring of 2021.
Unfortunately I do not have the resources necessary to fund anybody’s startup costs. I am looking for people who are able to cover their own costs (large-scale permanent improvements such as restoring the pond excluded) and will write a well thought out business and marketing plan.
There is a possibility for parking a tiny home or trailer here in the short term as well as a basement apartment in the farmhouse I could see eventually being used by a intern. If you are in need of other housing, Vernonia is a bike ride away on the Banks / Vernonia state bike trail and offers reasonable rents.
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The 35 acres of pasture needs to be grazed. It has been fallow for the last 30 years, and I would like to see it restored to its full potential.
Currently there is a reasonably well outfitted 1/2 acre garden with a 700 sq ft greenhouse. This would most likely be geared toward farmstead subsistence production. I keep a small flock of laying birds, but the coop and run that I built could comfortably accommodate 60 birds (not to mention the pasture) if someone saw a business opportunity there.
One of my ongoing goals for this place is that each independent farmer helps supply basic sustenance for the community of farmers here. With that in mind, I would ask every farmer to join me in putting a non-burdensome amount of time into fully realizing the garden potential as a means of co-op self-support.
Eventual opportunities include (but are not limited to) beekeeping, grains, aquaculture in a restored pond, compost/vermiculture, dairy, 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 cooperative 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. We can easily imagine co-marketing opportunities, bulk purchasing advantages, perhaps even healthcare one day, and so on.
In the long long term, I see eventually turning this land over to a land trust of some kind to ensure a good long term relationship with the farmers who make their livelihoods here.
The last three years have mostly been focused on cleaning this place up, building garden and wood shop infrastructure, and planning. My job here has been and will be to shepherd this land and the community of people who work it as a whole (while raising two daughters). I am also intending to build a few small cabins for agri-tourism revenue.
Above ground spring that can be used for agriculture. 5 gpm well for household use.
Melby silt loam, gobble silt loam
My kids and I live in a farmhouse with a recently remodeled basement apartment. I could imagine this is a potential space for an intern at some point, but that would be further down the road.
There is also a 1300 sq ft wood shop with a nice collection of basic tools. Further tools for fine work would have to be brought in though if that were part of anyone’s business plan.
I am open to building a barn, but I would need to consult on particulars
- Kubota MX5200 tractor with the following implements:
- wood chipper
- logging winch
- 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: Heavy duty chipper
zoned EFU, but there has been a long history of farming on this land
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