Seeking to Creatively Purchase 100+ acres in Wash., Yamhill, Columbia Counties


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Land Seeker Description

Washington County, Yamhill County, Columbia County, Marion County

  • No Less Than 75 Acres
  • $1.75 – $3.0M zone
  • Existing operating infrastructure – low-cost repairable at minimum
  • No transferring of long-term leases after sale >3 years >10 acres
  • Basic turn’key farm operation and/or quickly upgraded to full operations
  • Neighbors cannot be extreme religiously, political fractious, or unable to functionally live next to people of color.

We are a collective of 5 small farmers organizing around our experience, shared common goals and aspirations, as well as a determination to secure and steward 100+ ac. of terrain that is flexibly about 45% arable farmland (min. slopeage/terraforming), 20-25% housing/work/learn/eat space, 10-15% trees/sloped/rolling, and 10-15% produce/fruit wash/pack/cold zone, water rights, wells and pumps with at least 2 years left of life. If it was backed by USFS or UGB protected areas we are interested in signing into any farmland preservation or protection programs available.

We will be working with regional technical assistance to ensure that all necessary legal and financial process and paperwork is completed equitably for all parties.

Our registered and insured 501(c)3 not-for-profit and it’s for-profit farm-to-omnimarket food business and product funding community benefits operations that both provides employment, workforce training, and farm management apprenticeships for 5+ year small farm operators >5 ac. from a variety of regional farm programs.

This is a ASAP Priority Purchase and Ready to Transact – The organization needs to lay its roots and Oregon needs more locally grown farms, farmers, and farm businesses in our very important farmland in the UGB.


What features of the property are essential?

Water rights, on-site sewer, on-site private well, irrigation structures, barns/structures, pasture, woodlands, diversity of multiple soil type, electricity, land that has been certified organic (not a dealbreaker), barns, solid irrigation infrastructure sitting equipment that works, stuff that makes the farm work better, Something kinda like Ayers Creek Farm but in a better neighborhood and a with better understanding of creative financing and social impact/equitable succession planning.


Describe your farming experience

Started farming in 1995 in Thurston Co. Washington (>3 ac.), community gardening and large plot manager, worked at Growing Power, Seattle Tilth, started 3 <10 acre farms, managed farms, farm-to-market 8 years.


Are you currently farming?

Yes

What are your short term goals for the land

To activate at least 50% of the total farm operation with cover crops, fall crops as soon as we are able to assign rows, or continue product lines currently producing on the farm to maintain product supply-chains. The goal would be to "get it in the ground" as soon as technically possible.


What are your long term goals

To hold the land in conservationship and maintain available and sustainably managed farm and food lands for an ever growing community of new farmers, producers, and food makers. This is our 4th operational and we have incubated and/or elevated 7 BIPOC farms in our region including a 78 ac. farm in Enumclaw. Our current strategic plan is to make this a permanent community feature and sustain it in perpetuity with our future leadership seven generations out.


Describe your housing needs

The property should have at least one main housing structure at least 2,000 s.f. with an additional farm manager or worker housing footprint with pipes/plumbing.


What will you do as a farmer to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone on your farm and in your community?

Our mission and commitment is to both ensure that our farm family and community is safe from all threats, concerns, and barriers to living a farm life that brings health, wealth, and resilience to shocks and stressors. We also work to make friends, bring solutions, and workout differences without hate, shame, or force. It is a reality to address and we hope that the community we locate a home will work to embrace us over time.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area, Neighboring States

Acreage desired:
21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
July 1, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Beans, Bees, Berries, Flowers, Grain, Herbs, Mushrooms, Orchard/Fruit, Vegetables

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

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

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
March 24, 2022



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