Seeking lease or lease to own ~100 acres in Columbia Gorge, Central Oregon.


Land Seeker Description

I am a 31 year old single father currently located in Parkdale Oregon.  I raise sheep and produce hay for a living but have recently dabbled in dairy cows as well with an interest in selling raw milk.  I also raise a handful of Idaho Pasture pigs year for my personal consumption and for friends and family.  My sheep flock currently includes 185 adult ewes and I plan to expand that to around 300 in the coming years.  I produce a crop of around 250 lambs a year but that number is climbing.  The lambs are raised only for meat, as they are hair sheep and do not produce wool.  They are mostly Katahdin with some Dorper mixed in.  They are a hardier animal than your traditional wool sheep with higher parasite resistance and more will to survive.  I believe in the breed and enjoy being around them.

I own some sheep handling equipment, a truck and stock trailer as well as a tractor and some limited haying equipment.

I grew up in Portland and have a bachelors degree in history from the University of Oregon.

I am seeking a property with available grazing that I could live on with my son and continue raising the flock.  Hay ground would be wonderful but not mandatory.  If there is no livable building on the property I’d need power and a well and I could come up with a mobile home.  The acreage necessary is tough to nail down and is obviously dependent on factors such as irrigation and ground productivity.  I’m currently squeezing by on around 60 acres of combined hay and grazing ground but its high intensity.

Open to various lease solutions or other arrangements.  I’d like to move around June 2021 once the spring lambs are old enough to travel.

What features of the property are essential?

Hay storage barn/building
Livestock barn/shelter
House or utilities including water, electricity, sewage.

Describe your farming experience

I have ranched and farmed in Sisters Oregon, Fields Oregon and Council Idaho on family ranches.  My time was spent primarily on big square bale grass hay production and helping with beef cattle operations. I also spent two falls in the central valley of California north of Sacramento baling rice straw.  I've been in Parkdale Oregon for the last two and a half years putting up around 2,200 small square bales a year on rented ground and grazing sheep.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

Manage the land in a sustainable manner and continue to grow the sheep flock to around 300 ewes.

Establish and maintain a good working relationship with the land owner

Produce hay from property or neighboring property/custom haying

Possibly operate a micro dairy

What are your long term goals

I would like to own my own land at some point.

Describe your housing needs

A house on the property would be nice but if there isn't one available I may be able to come up with a mobile home if power and water is on site. My two year old son lives with me as well as my two border collie herding dogs. We have simple needs but internet helps me keep my sanity. A barn for hay storage and or animal shelter would be critical.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Central, Gorge, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

Acreage desired:
21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
June 1, 2021

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Cattle, Dairy, Hay, Hogs, Sheep

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

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified, Dry Farming, Conventional

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
December 7, 2020

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