Seeking Purchase: 4-20 acres within 40 minutes of Portland


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Land Seeker Description

Moving up from the bay area of California. Our goal is to create an integrated small farm/market garden with an agritourism slant so that the farm serves as a place of enjoyment for us, a source of high-quality, local food for the community, and a beautiful destination that the community can enjoy, have picnics, engage in workshops, pick up CSA shares, attend chef-led pop-up dinners, and do U-pick.


What features of the property are essential?

1. Land: 4+ acres, but bigger is better (e.g. 9 - 15 acres)
2. Property has to be farmable (e.g. no steep slopes, no rocks), but ideally the property has some character to it, such as gentle slopes here and there
3. Zoning and ordinances must allow for agritourism (e.g. farm stand, periodic small events, pop-up-style dinners led by chefs, art workshops, wood-fired pizza night, U-Pick berries)
4. Water: ability to irrigate with high flow rate (> 20 gpm)
5. The existing house cannot be problematic and have architectural issues that cannot be easily rectified with a little remodeling.
6. Property layout has to be good, ideally as square as possible. No long, narrow lots. Can't be cut up into weird sections that have difficult access.
7. Distance to an active community must be < 20 mins.


Describe your farming experience

Right now I'm limited to backyard "microfarming". I guess that's technically gardening, except that I use market gardening techniques, I grow and give away seedlings all year, I grow and deliver different crops (particularly lettuce) for a group of about 15 friends on a regular basis. About half of our yard is in production. This year we're growing about 30 varieties to sharpen our skills. And I've released a small farm/garden management application. We've been gardening off and on in some form for 20 years, and I've probably logged a thousand hours watching various market gardeners and small farmers on You Tube.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

Get situated on the land, begin working it, and then start to transform the property so it achieves our long-term goal.


What are your long term goals

Our goal is to create an integrated small farm/market garden with an agritourism slant so that the farm serves as a place of enjoyment for us, a source of high-quality, local food for the community, and a beautiful destination that the community can enjoy, have picnics, engage in workshops, pick up CSA shares, attend chef-led pop-up dinners, and do U-pick.


Describe your housing needs

Preferably less than 2,000 square feet, 2 bedroom, and 1 bathroom. A guest cottage would also be ideal.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
North Willamette Valley, Portland Area

Acreage desired:
1 - 5 acres, 5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres

Seeking land access by:
June 1, 2021

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

Interested in these business arrangements:
Sale of Land

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
August 28, 2020



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