Seeking buy or lease-to-own ten-50 acres more or less in Benton or Polk county preferably; possibly other sites near coast range


Land Seeker Description

As a parent and three adult sons family we would like to plant some acreage to offer an organically grown product.  We have experience with various kinds of berries.  We are looking for land that is on the east side of the coast range, for rainfall and weather conditions.  It does not have to be previously cultivated land, but should not be downhill from land that uses pesticides, chemical fertilizers and herbicides, especially aerially applied, i.e. vineyards or filbert orchards that require such treatments.  We would like to start small and expand as growth allows; possibly that would mean alternate crops we could grow in the meantime.

What features of the property are essential?

Truck access in terms of a water truck and crop transport is necessary. We do not need irrigation except watering the first year or two. Slightly acidic soil would be good but our crop tolerates a wide variety of soil types.
A shed to store some tools and a quad would be nice; we could build a small one if no structure is available.

Describe your farming experience

Our experience includes 15 years of berries on our present lot and several years experience in propagation in Yamhill county. Also, life-long small vegetable gardeners and fruit tree growers. Degree in forestry engineering from OSU.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

Organically farm native Oregon berries. They generally can be counted on for beginning production in the third year. Our requirement for generous spacing between bushes might mean allowing a crop (also organically grown, of course) between rows at least first or second year. Need to inquire about alfalfa, clover, barley, etc., though if land is not recently cultivated probably not the extra crop.
Continuously propagate berry bushes until acreage is up to ten acres, then evaluate need for more.

What are your long term goals

Long-term goals include continuous propagation of berries and developing farm to produce at least ten acres or up to 40 acres of organically farmed berries. Hopes are for a long-lived family business producing juice berries.

Describe your housing needs

We want land only. Commute would be from Newberg, OR. Probably haul product to McMinnville, OR or Newberg, OR for processing. However, during peak harvest and pruning/propagating season, we would want to find some overnight stays.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5, South Willamette Valley

Acreage desired:
5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres, 21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
November 2, 2021

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Berries, Orchard/Fruit

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

Interested in these growing practices:
Certified Organic, Dry Farming

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
June 13, 2021

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