10-year-old farm animal sanctuary seeking 50 acres with barn and pastures


Land Seeker Description

Wildwood Farm Sanctuary and Preserve is a 10-year-old sanctuary and nature preserve currently located on 98 acres in Newberg. Housing 100 animals on the edge of a forest was idyllic until fire danger and drought became overwhelming factors. Our current property can no longer safely serve us and we need to find a new location. We are seeking about 50 acres to buy. We want to stay near our donors and staff, who are mostly in Portland, so we’re looking at Washington, Yamhill, Polk or north Marion County properties.

We are the first Oregon farm animal sanctuary to earn accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, which is a rigorous process that requires the highest standards of animal care, organizational structure, and legal and fiscal responsibility. We are a well insured, well-run organization with more than a year’s operating expenses in the bank. We simply need a property. A donor has committed $250,000 toward the purchase of a property, and we are actively engaged in raising the remaining funds. We expect to pay about $1 million. Given our circumstances, we can’t wait a year or more to raise the money. We need to think creatively and move fairly swiftly (by the end of 2022).

We currently have 90 animals that include bovines, goats, sheep, alpacas, geese, chickens, and ducks. We are looking for a partial donation, deed, creative financing or other solution that will allow us to keep the animals and the organization together. Our needs include:

  • 25 or more acres of land usable for pasture
  • Preferably, a barn and existing infrastructure or the ability for us to add it
  • No more than average danger of fire or flood
  • A good well, municipal water supply, or water rights adequate for animal care (note that we don’t need to water crops)
  • Ability for our staff and volunteers to access the property at all hours
  • Ability to host events, tours, workshops, and educational programs on the property

Our animals don’t produce anything. They eat and they look adorable. But people love to visit sanctuaries and we may provide a draw (and abundant fertilizer) to someone who is using part of their land for crops and wants to attract more visitors. This might be a perfect fit for a current landowner with a large acreage they’re willing to divide, as it would be an excellent neighbor to a winery, produce stand or other business.

What features of the property are essential?

Secure water (rights, well, other), barns/structures, pasture, electricity

Describe your farming experience

We have run a successful sanctuary for 10 years. Some of our board members have backgrounds in veterinary medicine, farming, and animal sheltering.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

After years of successful growth, our short-term plan is simply to find a way to continue the organization.

What are your long term goals

Our long-term goal is to compliment our sanctuary work with a venture such as an AirBNB or a crop such as herbs, fruits, or vegetables (we grow hay on our current property, which is ideal and something we would continue if our new location allows.)

Describe your housing needs

For safety, we need to have a caretaker living on site, so we are looking for a property with an existing residence.

What will you do as a farmer to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone on your farm and in your community?

We have a long-standing commitment to creating a welcoming environment for people of diverse backgrounds. We are aware that our nonprofit sector is predominantly White and privileged, and we actively work to increase diversity in our field, especially by attending events and offering free or low-cost tours, presentations, and events that are accessible to all.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

Acreage desired:
21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
September 1, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Cattle, Fiber Animals, Goats, Poultry, Sheep

Interested in these business arrangements:
Sale of Land, Lease-to-own, Partnership, Other

Interested in these growing practices:

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
August 21, 2022

To contact a land seeker, you must first create a land listing and have it approved by our staff. Thank you.