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Self-Sufficient, Sustainable Living in NE Oregon's Little Secret - 38.5 acre farm for sale  RSS feed

Karen Kettlety
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Price: $425,000
Historically, Eagle Valley (Richland) has been a virtual cornucopia of food production: dairy, creamery, sheep/wool, orchards, cannery. Nearby Baker City is becoming a mecca for artists and artisanal breweries. Property prices are still low for the value. Friendly, generous, big-hearted community. Banana belt climate of NE Oregon, no pollution! Get in on the ground floor as this community transitions out of traditional ranching. There are three organically farmed/permaculture farms here already who would provide excellent mentoring for new starts. Eagle Valley is in the Snake River AVA with three vineyards already planted and nearby Copper Belt Winery as a partner. Hoop houses and low tunnels for season extenders are gaining popularity here.

I've raised grass-fed lamb here for ten years, and harvested my own hay for winter feeding of my ewes. The pastures are a lush mixture of established legumes, forbs and mixed grasses. I have managed the pastures with rotational grazing and use of no inorganic inputs, fertilizers or widespread use of herbicides or pesticides. Dense thatch in the pastures keeps noxious weeds from spreading. I've raised layers for eggs and meat birds for my table and have a large garden area for fresh and preserved foods.

This property offers a blank slate for diversified self-sufficient, sustainable living. Facilities are new and all in good working order. All you need is your tools and your imagination.

25+ ac. irrigated ground ; fine, mineral-rich soils ("rich land"); remainder dry land sage
Zones EFU - Exclusive Farm Use 2015 taxes $1254
32 acres of 1881 irrigation rights; water source is pristine snowmelt from Eagle Cap Wilderness
State of the art K-line pasture irrigation with extensive infrastructure piping and self-cleaning stainless steel filter at intake; adaptable to other irrigation needs
Domestic water from well; the water has high calcium deposits so I use a water softener to protect the plumbing. No sulfur smell or iron in the water.
2 KW solar system net metered to Idaho Power; at today's rates, it generates about $300 net gain/year


Pastures perimeter fenced and cross fenced
Fenced front and back yard/orchard
Apple, peach, apricot and English walnut trees; established shade trees around farmyard and residence
Newer ornamental flowering shrub and tree plantings
Numerous water faucets tied to irrigation supply for stock water, summer garden and yard watering
Paved terrace adjacent to covered porch

Office/Studio (2009) 15X19 w/ Mitsubishi high efficiency heat pump (heat & AC) (no plumbing)
Pole Barn (2007) 40X60 hay storage, livestock shelter
Shop w/ attached greenhouse (2015) 14X20 shop w/ workbench, storage cabinets
Original lambing shed 12X36
Original storage shed 12X14
Frost-free water fixtures supplying barn, lambing shed, greenhouse (from domestic well for winter water)

RESIDENCE – constructed in 2 phases: 2008 & 2014
1500 sq. ft + covered porch
Vintage style in new construction
Reclaimed barn board walls and details from old barn on property; beadboard & shiplap walls
Low-e Milgard & Marvin windows
Custom double cell blinds through out
Three Mitsubishi high efficiency heat pumps (heat & AC) throughout house
Antique sideboard included in price

• Vintage Chicago brick pavers
• Cabinet, shelves and table of reclaimed rustic wood
• Underfloor heating for dog beds

Living/ Kitchen/ Dining ~450 sq.ft
• Wide plank solid fir floors (locally sourced logs), face nailed in vintage style with reproduction cut nails, finish is durable penetrating sealer (Osmo-Polyx)
• Mitsubishi high efficiency heat pump (heat and air)

• solid wood painted cabinets with soft-close drawers & doors; stainless steel countertop
• Custom island w/ soapstone countertop
• Custom glass-front cabinet and built-in custom hutch/pantry (red cabinet)
• Custom range hood (2014)
• 30” dual fuel Kenmore Pro range (2014)
• 33” Kenmore refrigerator (2010)
• Kenmore dishwasher (2014)
• Kenmore dryer (2011)
• Frigidaire front-load washer (2011)
• Kenmore water softener (2010)
• Kenmore 5’ chest freezer (2010)

Laundry room with laundry sink, chest freezer, washer/ dryer, Kenmore water softener, shelving

Downstairs bedroom 10.5 X 12.5
• Walk-in closet
• Pine tongue & groove flooring
• Mitsubishi high efficiency heat pump (heat and air)

Downstairs bath
• Ceramic tile floor with in-floor heating
• Marble top sink cabinet
Shower w/ marble sill, pebble floor
• Clawfoot tub in separate tub room, tile floor with in-floor heating

• 450 sq. ft with cathedral ceiling
• Reclaimed fir floors from original house on property
• 8 X 8 sleeping loft; storage/closet below
• Balcony with French doors
• Space may be partitioned into smaller rooms
• Full bath with ceramic tile shower, floor
• Mitsubishi high efficiency heat pump (heat and air)

Current income potential:
Lease for grazing until your plans are established
Office/studio rental

Please contact me for more details and pictures:

Karen Kettlety
kettletea at eagletelephone dot com

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