Tenant / Caretaker Opportunity on Eco-Farm & Wildlife Sanctuary Springfield, Oregon


Description

Looking for tenant / caretaker / gardener with an interest in ecosystem-conservation and understanding support of regenerative food product farming / ranching practices that are currently taking place on the property with cattle, horses, chickens and future sheep.  Reduced rent in exchange for certain caretaking responsibilities.

We have a total 46 acres with five distinct ecosystems which include approximately 2 acres heritage oak savanna (150-300 years old specimens), approximately 6-acre woodland / riparian, and approximately 15-20-acre wetland prairie with beaver complex.

Land currently being leased for rotational grazing utilizing regenerative, no-till, organic and hormone free practices to naturally build up microbiome of soil.

Right-fit tenant / caretaker / gardener knows how to safely operate and maintain a tractor, ridable lawn mower, small wood chipper, safely implement burn piles and can help create a food forest and vegetable / flower garden on existing half acre old apple orchard for us all to enjoy and is supportive of landowner’s Mission Statement for this legacy property.

Personal caretaking includes checking in regularly (text / phone / in-person) on ambulatory senior widow who lives alone on the property much of the time, help her out in case of inclement weather, fire evacuation, power outages, medical or other emergency, help with her kitties when necessary and other things as needed. Good separation and privacy between landowner and tenant houses.

Property caretaking responsibilities include mowing grass around owner’s rear house, garage, workshop areas, and other areas not maintained by rotational grazing. Maintaining perimeter fencing when damaged, clean-up fallen branches, maintaining farm access road, pruning low hanging tree branches, cutting back blackberry bushes. Keep farm equipment in running condition.

Second senior co-landowner lives on property part-time, acts as property overseeing steward and is the driving force behind the Eco-Farm Mission Statement which includes community involvement, agro-education and workshop.

Landowner’s Mission Statement and Vision For Future Generations: Establish this legacy property as place for the practice, study and education of regeneration farming, conservation of the five ecosystems on the property and human health and wellness through Nature and living in right relationship to Mother Earth.  Ecosystem conservation to also embrace the concept of naturalized species supportive of wildlife habitats, harmonious biodiversity and beautification. Collaborate with the local community, schools, universities and organizations in hosting workshops, classes, seminars on agro-wildlife education and community enjoyment.

We have Kabota tractor with drag mower, rideable lawn mower, small wood chipper and Kabota utility vehicle for caretaking purpose.

Rental Residence: 1100 sq, 1 bedroom 1 Bath house with detached garage and fenced back and front yards.  Available:  Summer (August / September) 2024    Dog friendly ONLY if trained to NOT chase cats, or livestock on the property. Available Summer 2024

Contact:  Dianne Porchia  310-850-2499   dianne@porchiaswish.com

Check out our fun little videos of the Eco-Farm progress

Exploring Regenerative Farming

https://youtu.be/ItUiIpyKH8k?si=iR3_vpzg2Du4MXKn

Farm Angels Come to the Eco-Farm

https://youtu.be/lU5pa0AJ9iY?si=b-Scx_qS_SFRIYuI

Wetlands & Beavers

https://youtu.be/rA91GyRUkU4?si=LWGzEa_85NEMtaSJ

Friends & Family Work Party at the Eco Farm

https://youtu.be/TBP07Mxxn7w?si=QDBcdpo5S8dPJYuW

Feeding Piglets

https://youtu.be/k1MWN_Czalk?si=wH61GzwSOGrK9Nfp

Collecting Soil Samples

https://youtu.be/I13hf66I7Zg?si=3WdeX8a5j1NOEeRE

Contact:  Dianne  310-850-2499   dianne@porchiaswish.com


Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

Establish regenerative farming practices utilizing rotational grazing of certain livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, geese) and cover crops to build up soil microbiome.


Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

Establish this legacy property for future generations as place for the practice, study and education of regeneration farming, conservation of the five ecosystems on the property and human health and wellness through Nature and living in right relationship to Mother Earth.


Current Use

Grazing of cattle, sheep, pigs


Available Water / Irrigation

Irrigation water rights for 21 acres


Soil Type / Quality

Clay 2


Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

good condition barn with 6 stalls (3 available to tenant), indoor arena, hay storage, barn garage.


Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

Kabota Tractor TLB Series, drag mower, bucket, digger, flat bed hay trailer, smaller covered trailer, Huysqvarna YTH24V48 riding lawn mower, DR All-Terrain Push Mower, lots of gardening hand tools


Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

EFU 40, Conservation of 15-acre wetlands with beaver complex, 6-acre woodland-ripairian. Irrigation water rights for 21 acres


What are you doing as a landholder to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone on your land and in your community?

Clear, open, complete and honest communication is essential for building positive win-win-win relationships between landowner and tenant / farmer regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation. As landowners, we are looking for the right-fit young couple with an inspired dream for their own regenerative farming business. They must have training, education and some experience in regenerative farming practices, possess the physical capabilities to execute strenuous farm work, conscientious, responsible, respectful, honest, trustworthy and inspired to contribute towards a greater good for future generations.


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County: Lane

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 46

Acreage Available to Landseeker: 15-20

Date Property is Available: September 1, 2024

Possible Business Arrangements: Lease for cash

Lease Rate / Price: Negotiable

Date when this listing was created: May 28, 2024

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Biodynamic, Dry Farming, 7

Farming Practices Allowed: Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Other

Agriculture Types Suitable: Cattle, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Goats, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Mushrooms, Nursery Stock, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables, Other

Farm Details

Housing Available? Yes

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? Yes

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? No


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