Up to 10 acres available for Lease or Creative Partnership: Washington County Oregon, near Gaston


This property is a historic farm that had been conventionally rotated with grains and cover crops by a large operation until we purchased it in 2014. We bought a 15-acre parcel and the rest was sold to METRO as a greenspace to preserve a nearby stream. Since the purchase, we have followed organic and sustainable practices inspired by permaculture to raise a small herd of dairy goats, plant dry English and French cider apple trees, and plant a garden. I have planted thousands of native trees and shrubs to make hedgerows, windbreaks, and buffers from neighboring, conventional farmers. I have only used a small amount of herbicide in a vain attempt to control blackberry brambles.

This property is currently considered to be in a drought zone by the State of Oregon. Therefore, it is only allowed one well which can be used for the house, barn, and non-business related agriculture (ie. a garden). Consultation with experts from various agencies made clear that the most cost-effective way to irrigate this property is through water catchment. I am willing to work with lease-holder to develop a water catchment system suitable for a sustainable agriculture project.

Location is 5 mintues from Gaston, 12 minutes to Forest Grove, 30 minutes to McMinnville, and about 50 minutes to central Portland.

House is currently occupied, but would likely be available for rent in late 2021 or early 2022. Agriculture projects could begin immediately.

My main interest is continuing to restore and replenish the health of this land. I would like to continue to plant the hedgerows and improve the soil quality as it fits with the plans of leasee.

Owner’s Short Term Vision for the Property

I'd like to find a farmer interested in leasing the property for organic and/or sustainable agriculture projects. I'm open to a creative partnership for planning and funding.
3 bedroom 2 bathroom house available for concurrent rental in Fall/Winter 2021-22.

Owner’s Long Term Vision for the Property

Continue leasing this property to an organic farmer until I am ready to sell the property.

Current Use

2 acres goat pasture for home dairy goat/cheese operation
1 acre organic dry cider apples,
.25 acre garden and basketry willow
Approximately 3 acres of native trees and shrubs as property border and bird/bee habitat.
8 acres fallow, planted with soil builders and cover crops.

Available Water / Irrigation

Well available for animals and crops < 1 acre. No water rights. West slope of Chehalem Mts is considered by Oregon to be in a drought zone. Water catchment is available and owner is willing to augment this resource.

Soil Type / Quality

Good. Owner is willing to do current soil tests on request.

Buildings and Structures Available for Farm Use

Large barn with stalls, shop, hay loft, pump house, carport and connection to pastures.
8ft X 12 foot storage shed
20ft diameter yurt
Goat shed
Chicken coop

Farm Equipment Available for Use, Sale or Lease

Various hand tools including Austrian scythes, broadforks, shovels, rakes, etc.
Farm carts

Any Restrictions That Could Limit Agricultural Production

Water rights
Water company easement to build water storage facility

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County: Washington

Farm Basics

Total Acreage: 15

Acreage Available to Landseeker: 10

Date Property is Available: May 1, 2021

Possible Business Arrangements: Lease with option to purchase, Lease for cash, Partnership

Lease Rate / Price: negotiable

Date when this listing was created: April 9, 2021

Farming Practices

Current Farming Practices: Organic, Not Certified, Season Extension

Farming Practices Allowed: Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension

Agriculture Types Suitable: Bees, Fiber Animals, Flowers, Goats, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Horses, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Vegetables, Vineyard

Farm Details

Housing Available? Yes

Water Available? Yes

Property Fenced? Yes

Land Holder Interested in Mentoring Land Seeker? No

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