This property was conventionally farmed with wheat and cover crops for many years. We purchased it in 2012 and it has been largely fallow since then, receiving only organic and natural amendments. We have raised a small number of dairy goats and laying hens on 1-2 acres and have planted organic cider apples (mostly French varieties) on another acre. There is a strong wild bee hive to help with the pollinating.
I have received grants every year to plant extensive hedgerows of native trees and shrubs to ease soil erosion, provide habitat for wildlife and pollinators, and slow the significant winds that blow. This year, I’ve turned about 5 acres over to native grasses and wildflowers for similar purposes.
The property sits at about 350 feet above sea level and has a gently rolling contour. Near the road is a flat area (see photo) that would probably be best for vegetable planting. The winds that I mentioned above and the hot, dry Summers we now have make vegetable planting complicated. For this reason, I have been working on grants to install a large high tunnel and a water catchment system. Ideally, these would be in place in late 2020 and available for the 2021 growing season.
Located within 1 hour of Downtown Portland (45-50 minutes in ideal conditions), Gaston is also near other town with strong Farmer’s Markets: Hillsboro, Beaverton, McMinnville, Forest Grove and Newberg. Manzanita, Astoria, and Salem markets are just a little further away.
For housing, we have a beautiful 20 foot yurt available. Although insulated, it is not heated, so it might make most sense for housing during the growing season.
I look forward to talking to you about his opportunity.
Note: I apologize for the upside down pictures in this profile. Computers are quirky.
Within the next 2-3 years, I would like to have a partnership arrangement with someone interested in organic farming. As the farm gets increasingly productive, this arrangement can be adjusted and renegotiated to the satisfaction of both parties.
Infrastructure goals in this time frame:
1. A high tunnel for protected agriculture
2. Water catchment system off the barn.
3. Organic certification.
4. Expanded pasture for better rotation of livestock.
A productive, organic farm selling directly to restaurants, a CSA, and/or a Farmer's Market.
Cider apples sold to existing cider makers with an eye toward small, specialty batches done in-house.
A vibrant sanctuary for native pollinators.
1.5-2 acres: goat pasture
1 acre: cider apple orchard
0.5-6 acres: available for agriculture
5 acres: bird, bee, butterfly habitat.
1 acre: house, barn, and driveway
Large potential for water catchment (see "limitations" section below).
Soil tests pending.
Large barn with tool shop, hay loft, stalls, covered carport, pump room, closet.
Goat house for bucks
20 foot diameter yurt available for sleeping.
Various hand tools.
Gas weed whacker
Table saw, circular saw, and other basic carpentry tools.
2014 F-150 pick-up.
The property sits in a designated drought zone. We have a great personal well for the house and barn, but it's water cannot be used extensively for agricultural purposes.
I have plans for water catchment system off of the barn and possibly the house and I am working with local agencies for grants for this purpose.
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