Come enjoy life on 80 mostly forested acres along Crabtree Creek in Lacomb, ~25 min east of Albany by car. There’s lots of room to hike, splash, garden, farm, make art, raise kids, and/or pursue what lights your heart on fire! An emerging permaculture farm comprises about 20 acres of flat land with prime soils and a good well, suitable for vegetable production, pasture, and orchards. What is it you’d want to do if you lived here? There may be opportunities to construct outbuildings for agricultural use up to 400 sq ft, inquire for details. Apart from the farm, another 60 acres of private, park-like wilderness are yours to explore anytime you want, right out the front door! Rustic but well-marked trails wind through the trees and meadows with multiple points of access to the creek. The property is smoke- and fragrance-free, clothing-optional in some areas, and generally very eco-minded. Animals are raised and butchered on-site. Families of every configuration and folks of all backgrounds, ages, and genders welcome.
Ideally, we would love to share the land with folks who want to stack independent food production enterprises, e.g. someone who raises animals for meat, milk or fiber using planned rotational grazing; a market gardener that uses no-till, organic methods; or someone interested in fermenting and preserving food with others. This is a perfect spot for a new-ish farmer or hobbyist who’s ready to scale up in a farm incubator setting. It would also be great for a wild food enthusiast, a hunter, or someone wanting to cultivate culinary mushrooms in the woods.
Option 1 would be to BYO shelter in the form of a tiny house, yurt, schoolie, etc. No septic hook-up but water and electric could be available depending on your location.
Option 2 is to live on the second floor of the main house. There are three adjoining loft-style rooms upstairs, beautifully finished in natural pine with hardwood floors. Rooms are 12’x12′ each for an approximate total square footage of 430 sq ft + a bit of additional unfinished storage space. You could occupy one, two or all three depending on your needs. Access is via a handmade wooden ship’s ladder. No indoor pets.
In either case, you would have access to the kitchen, bathroom, living areas, and laundry in the main house as well as some seasonal common-use facilities (e.g. an outdoor kitchen). The house was built in 2017 with a passive solar design, an efficient wood stove, and many natural touches. Water and trash included. Electric split proportionally. No internet/wifi at this time, but you’re welcome to research what the options might be in terms of service providers, connection speeds, and costs in the Lacomb area if that were something you wanted to pursue. Outdoor pets and livestock considered on a case-by-case basis. Dogs must be known to be good off-leash around small children, farm animals, and other dogs. Yard is partially fenced.
Short- or long-term lease. Rent would depend on how much land you wanted to use, what you wanted to do on it, and what sort of housing situation you’d need. We’re open to discussing all sorts of possible configurations. What is it that you’d ideally like to find?
Eric is passionate about regenerating land, most recently developing and implementing a sustainable forestry plan to manage an 80 acre community homestead in Linn County. Previously he led/worked on crews at various organic farming operations. He has a Bachelor’s in Forestry and Resource Management. In addition, he has completed courses/internships in Holistic Management and permaculture design, and has a commercial driver’s license. Eric has hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, is committed to a number of mind-body health practices, is raising kids as a stay-at-home-dad, and enjoys both participating in and teaching at primitive skills gatherings.
Michelle is a health educator working in food security. She has a Bachelor’s in International Agricultural Development (i.e. low-tech farming, agricultural marketing, and rural community development) and a Master’s of Public Health. Currently she works for Oregon State University Extension 30 hrs/wk. In the past, she coordinated community gardens that provided space for 150 resettled refugee families, staffed a market-match booth at two farmers markets, and helped to organize a training program for beginner farmers. She has also taught herbalism and nutrition to women in recovery, and currently leads monthly wildcrafting events to bring women and children from the city into nature. Michelle speaks Spanish as a second language.
Kid #1 is twelve. They’re planting a garden this year and like to play chess and read. Kid #2 is six. They enjoy singing at mealtime gratitude circles and coloring. Kid #3 is two and gives great high-fives.
If what you’ve read sparks something for you, please message us to explore possibilities. Let’s homestead together!
Eric & Michelle
Finalize a permaculture design for the property. Complete perimeter fence. Rotationally graze to diversify plant species and improve soil. Establish vegetable production. Selectively harvest timber. Increase recreational opportunities.
The Community Homestead on Crabtree Creek is a forest sanctuary and education center that nourishes people with nutrient-dense food produced in ways that restore and replenish the land. Both land and people are healed. A handful of people live here year-round, others stay for the season or pass through on their travels, still others live off-site in nearby urban areas but know this place as their homeland and return to it over and over to deepen their ties with the community and the natural world.
We purchased the property as bare land in 2017 and have spent the last year or so building a house and clearing brush. In 2018 we raised pastured poultry and did some logging and perimeter fencing to create silvapasture. In 2019 season we intend to add rabbits, hogs and goats; as well as a vegetable garden and mushrooms. Previously (40+ years ago) there was a dairy, orchard and homestead here.
Cloquato silt loam (prime farmland); McAlpin silty clay loam, 3 to 6 percent slopes (prime farmland); McBee silty clay loam (prime farmland); Panther silty clay loam, 2 to 12 percent slopes
There are a couple of temporary structures on-site and option to build permanent structures for farm use (no permit required if under 400 sq ft).
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