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Land Area1-5 acres
How many acres are available for agricultural production2+
Current UseHay & Forage, Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard
Current PracticesOrganic, Other
Please elaborate on current farming/ranching practicesUsing no-till gardening, food forest planting in orchard and other organic procedures but not certified organic. Crop rotation, non-intensive small animal grazing and minimal damage to environment livestock raising.
Land TenureBuy/Sell, Open to other arrangements
Are water rights available to these sources?Yes, drilled well (powered). Easy pump hand-pump well head installed also.
What are the soil types on your property?Predominately Haskill fine sand, 12 to 45 percent slopes - loamy. Last 5 yrs it has been amended with horse and chicken manure. Pig/horse manure available on land for additional applications as needed. Hillside is quite rocky but was used for pig grazing using portable electric fencing.
Please describe the available housing:Large 1.5 story ranch/farmhouse, 2080sq ft that includes the following: Mudroom with farm sink, washer/ dryer hook up and cabinets. Entry way closet off mud room has coat closet and large area open area. 4 Bedrooms; 1: first floor small bedroom with overhead storage, 2: first floor large bedroom with small loft that could be an additional bedroom, 3: first floor small bedroom, 4: second floor suited master bedroom with bathroom including jetted tub, enclosed toilet and additional closet (no shower). First floor bedrooms have base board heaters, no heat upstairs. 3 Bathrooms; 1: master bath described above, 2: First floor full bathroom with tub and shower, 3: first floor complete ADA compliant with walk in shower. All bathrooms have electric wall heaters. A large vaulted ceiling living/dining room with wood stove and baseboard heat. Kitchen is galley style with propane stove, double drawer dishwasher, farmhouse sink with 2 compartments, granite countertops, no refrigerator/freezer. A large hallway has built in desk and office/storage cabinets. Cellar with shelving for canned goods as well as large crawl space that could be turned into basement storage. Unique features include spiral stairs to master suite, large windows and new staircase to upstairs bedroom loft. New hot water heater and pressure tank 2021, updated fuse box and wiring 2022, new plumbing lines 2022, new roof 2016, all outside faucets insulated. Owners currently doing minor interior upgrades such as paint and trim work. Willing to negotiate additional upgrades. Additional tiny home with 2 lofts, fully insulated but needs interior completed; electric is installed and connected to main house, has outdoor line in place for water but not connected. Email for interior pictures of both.
Structures/EquipmentBarn or shed for produce, livestock, or equipment storage, Animal pens, Deer fencing, Other fencing, Greenhouse or Hoophouse, Electricity
Please further describe the structures or equipment that are availableBarn with 2 large stalls, outside stairs to feed loft that has small room for equipment storage, drop holes for feeding, electric lift, and partially enclosed tool storage under stairs. Chicken coop for 20-30 chickens with indoor brooder. 2 permanent shelters with runs for pigs or small goats, additional run with small hut, all enclosed with pig fencing in the fenced paddock that can hold larger livestock. Older building that was used as tractor storage and workshop, needs work but has good bones. 85ft x 25ft deer fence enclosed garden, second smaller fenced garden space, small fenced orchard. Small greenhouse in back yard.
Would you be willing to mentor or advise the entering farmer or rancher?Yes
Please elaborate on your willingness to mentor or advise the entering farmer or rancher:Advice on no-till and food forestry, pig or chicken management by phone or email. I am more than willing to share knowledge but will be moving out of state.
Are you currently living on the farm or ranch?Yes
In your judgment, which crops/agricultural purposes are best suited to your land and which would you support on your land?Hay & Forage, Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Please elaborate on the crops/agricultural purposes that are best suited to your land:I raised market garden vegetables, herbs and cut flowers using no-till method. Orchard has produced fruit and berries also for market with room for more. We have raised horses, as well as free ranged pigs (in paddock) and chickens (everywhere!) along with caged rabbits on the property. Property has quite a bit of wooded land on hillside (2+acres) that could be cut into and walled or terraced to expand area for farming. Driveway is graveled and area beyond has been cleared for additional garden or building (high tunnel, additional greenhouses) space. There is a nice level area further up hillside that would be ideal for bees or cleared for planting small acre fodder crops, our ideas were alfalfa or root crops for pigs, maybe corn. Hillside also has native sarsaparilla (think root beer), huckleberries, wild onions and other native edibles. The entire property is partially fenced with T-posts and 2 stand wire (more T-posts and wire is on property to finish fencing).
Please summarize your long-term goals regarding your land:We would like to see it kept in gardens (market gardening) or raising of small animals for production (pigs, chickens, rabbits to sell meat and products locally). The valley is in need of small farmers providing locally grown produce and meat. All vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruit trees and berries were/are heirloom. Pigs and chickens were heritage. There are currently over-wintered carrots, asparagus and beets in large garden; gladiolus, daffodils, tulips, iris and crocus in flower garden; parsley, chamomile (native and planted), English lavender, Italian sage, lemon balm, Mountain mint, spearmint and German thyme in herb bed. Orchard has 2 apple trees (2 more in back yard), plum tree but needs another to produce plums, Flathead cherry tree, Chokecherry tree, rhubarb, gooseberries, thimbleberries (native), strawberries, grape (not producing yet), raspberries, black raspberries, white currents, and wild lettuce and asparagus along back fence. Property would make a nice small farm holding with plenty of opportunities for generating income.
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