Seeking Lease, lease to buy, or purchase 5+ acres in Clackamas County


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Land Seeker Description

My name is Jen and I own Juniper Layne Farm, a small, diversified vegetable market garden in Happy Valley. I am currently growing on 1/4 acre on my parents property. The farm is Certified Naturally Grown as of spring 2020. I am able to continue growing in my current location, but not able to expand growing capacity beyond the current 1/4 acre. I am looking to get to 1.5-2 acres of vegetable production in the next 2-4 years. As the farm business continue to grow, my ultimate goal is to own land. I am looking for a long term lease arrangement or a lease to buy option. Would also like to find land with housing.


What features of the property are essential?

water rights, well, barn or storage structures, space for putting in wash/pack station and cold storage room on site.


Describe your farming experience

I am in my second year of farming. I started Juniper Layne Farm in 2019. I gained some on farm experience during the summer of 2018, but otherwise the bulk of my farming education has come from my own farm, WSU/OSU Beginning Farmer classes, books, podcast, workshops, conferences.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

Over the next 5 years I want to scale my production incrementally from the current 1/4 acre to 1.5 acres. And if possible I would like to be able to purchase land in the next 5 years or secure a lease to buy option. I don't want to have to move my farm business too many times. I plan to continue selling at farmers markets, possibly add a traditional CSA program. With this growth of my farm business will likely include hiring staff in the next few years.


What are your long term goals

Land ownership is the main long-term goal. I would like to ultimately be at 1-2 acres vegetable production. I would like to have a property that is accessible to people to be able to host on-farm events.


Describe your housing needs

Ideally, I need to find land with housing or the option to add housing on site or find housing nearby that is affordable.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Berries, Flowers, Vegetables

Interested in these business arrangements:
Sale of Land, Lease-to-own, Lease with option to purchase, Lease for cash, Lease for trade

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
June 23, 2020



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