Seeking Lease with Potential to Purchase: 20 acres or more in Mid Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, or Coast Range Areas


Land Seeker Description

We are a mature (mid 40’s and 50’s) married couple with a lifetime of experience farming, raising livestock, and providing educational opportunities to engage community and share knowledge of our smaller scale family farming, animal husbandry, and food production practices.  We raise Clydesdale horses, grass fed sheep and cattle, and pastured poultry. We both have reliable employment that can move with us (working remotely) that will provide funding for our venture as we grow our market base. About 2.5 years ago we made the difficult choice to leave Oregon and relocate to Hawaii in order to assist an aging parent with a major medical issue.We sold our home, most of our livestock, and relocated with the intent to continue farming in Hawaii permanently. We found a wonderful property to lease, and we shipped our remaining Clydesdale breeding stock to the islands- Yes, we actually flew Clydesdales to Hawaii! .

And then Covid, and the Pandemic arrived- and with it , the insane housing market boom that had people buying and selling all over. As a result, as the first year of our lease came to end, the property owners decided to list the property for sale, breaking our lease and forcing us into a month to month agreement. The property has had a high number of showings,and will likely sell soon. The month to month tenancy leaves us unable to farm. Unfortunately, the booming market in Hawaii has priced us out of any options for purchasing our own farm, so we are returning to Oregon. We are shipping the horses back (they fly back to stay with a breeder in CA the end of January), and actively looking for a new farm that we can settle in and build a future on. We are looking for a Home and a Farm on the same property. We want to lease with the option to buy- the current market is moving too fast for most of the FSA and USDA Farm loan options to even start the paperwork. Our preference is an EFU property that has good water.  My husband has an engineering and construction background, and we are skilled at bringing old structures and homes back to life. We would love to find an old classic farm house that needs some love, with usable outbuildings, and land that is conducive to raising livestock with some additional crops. Most of our past farming practices have been a bit more conventional, but we are both interested in following regenerative and organic practices were we can and are able.  We have developed a 5 year projection and strategic business plan of how we want to grow our farm based on the target markets within the areas that we have outlined. Most of our family (including our two young adult sons) live in Oregon, and we want to come back home and re-establish our roots. We have an excellent, long- established network of family, friends, and farm related connections throughout the mid valley, and are looking forward to coming back. We are not smokers or drinkers, we do not party or do drugs, etc… In fact, we are rather boring when we think about it… We are not interested in growing hemp, or living in any type of communal situation. We are quiet, reliable and dedicated- we enjoy hunting and fishing, and being outdoors as much as possible. We look forward to hearing from you! We are looking to relocate back to Oregon sometime this spring or early summer- between March and July.

What features of the property are essential?

Home, outbuildings that can be used for livestock and equipment, a shop would be nice. Pasture for grazing, hay fields that we can hay, water and access to it, Having most of it fenced would be ideal, but we can fence as needed... Year round water source such as a creek, river or pond would be nice.

Describe your farming experience

See above-

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

The first 5 years we plan to assess and develop infrastructure; assess markets and gain access; build client base for grass fed meats; and develop breeding, grazing and livestock management plans. We want to promote agriculture and community as much as possible, and make positive connections through our farming efforts. If the market is there, we would like to add additional crops and perhaps develop a CSA for meat and eggs. *This is based on a timeline that will allow steady growth and keep us from growing too fast without the structure in place to support it.

What are your long term goals

Our ideal long term plan is to purchase the land and farm that we are developing and building our future on. We want to buy property that we won't outgrow in a few years, and that we can farm full time after approximately 10 years. We want to integrate food security and conservation into our efforts, and be good stewards of the land and livestock that we raise.

Describe your housing needs

See above

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Coastal, 5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Southern

Acreage desired:
11 - 20 acres, 21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
June 1, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Bees, Cattle, Flowers, Goats, Hay, Horses, Orchard/Fruit, Pasture, Poultry, Sheep, Vegetables, Other

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

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified, Dry Farming, Season Extension, Conventional, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
January 14, 2022

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