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.
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.
Continue leasing this property to an organic farmer until I am ready to sell the property.
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.
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.
Good. Owner is willing to do current soil tests on request.
Large barn with stalls, shop, hay loft, pump house, carport and connection to pastures.
8ft X 12 foot storage shed
20ft diameter yurt
Various hand tools including Austrian scythes, broadforks, shovels, rakes, etc.
Water company easement to build water storage facility
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