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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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