Want to be our new neighbor? We're selling part of our farm. Five acres at the end of a dead end road in a rural area in our tiny village, 35 minutes from Portland, OR. Looking for folks who love and respect Nature.
Who we are
Joseph and I have owned our ten acre biodynamic / organic farm for 15 years. During that time some mighty wonderful things have happened to us through living here. We learned to care for the land, animals, trees and gardens. The farm has given each of us a career — Joseph founded his horse school here. I fell in love with bees, wrote my first book ("Song of Increase: Listening to the wisdom of honeybees for kinder beekeeping and a better world") and have a honeybee sanctuary. We milk cows and goats, tend fruit trees, grow tons of food (by weight, yes, tons), make topnotch compost, and nurture friendships with exceptional people. We’ve had fun making lawn sculptures, a brick rug, garden art, beehives, greenhouses, a new barn, building grape and vine arbors and sculpting land with farm machines. We’ve planted hundreds of trees and dozens of gardens. We learned house-ly arts from carpentry to cooking, and we’ve enjoyed near every minute of it. We love living here and we'll be your neighbors.
The farm continues to present us with inspiration and opportunities for art, writing and creating. Most of what we’ve done has been on the northern part of the farm, but we noticed we don’t use the south half nearly as much. We’d like to find wonderful neighbors to buy and live on the south five acres. If you know some delightful, kind, enthusiastic folks who are incredibly respectful of nature and doggedly organic, please let them know we may be looking for them.
The land has a gently sloping southern exposure. The entrance to the land is at the SW corner at the end of the dead-end road. Three homes share the end of the road there, one directly south and two houses further west. Entry is through a wide metal gate near two century old apple trees. One tree is extra special because it was thought to be extinct for many decades until we re-discovered it. The Gideon Sweet is a marvelous “keeper” apple. It’s rock hard and tastes like cardboard in October, but if you pick and store the apples until January when they sweeten up, you won’t believe it’s the same apple. We learned to graft fruit trees so we could re-introduce the variety and now friends are growing them. The south perimeter has 60′ tall old heirloom apple and pear trees, including a fabulous yellow baking apple called the Winter Banana. Also a prolific black walnut tree and a few hazelnut trees. Land is 3.5 acres of open pasture and 1.5 acres of forest.