30 acres of prime Montana property described as follows:
2.5 acre lot upper property above canal with mixed fruit and nut orchard of pears, apples, cherries, and plums with 6' deer fencing all around. 1500sq ft heated, wired, and plumbed shop with wood and electric heat, large vegetable start room, and shower facility. 20x24 concrete pad installed to accept a second barn/shop/outbuilding as desired. 1200 sq ft 3 story Amish built custom hybrid log stick frame home with blown in polystyrene insulation making it incredibly energy efficient. Upper story is log and 2x6 construction, lower floor features 9' ceilings and 2x10 construction (!). Entire west facing wall is glass, you can walk in the mud room and out the living room balcony without losing sight of 200 mile views of the mission valley! Entire living room is a gigantic glass bay window bump out sitting high up in the air making you feel as though you are floating above the valley. New well with evian flavored artesian spring water that pumps at least 40gpm (we didn't test it past that as we didn't have a big enough pump), septic is sized for a 5 bedroom 3 ¾ home leaving a TON of room for expansion on existing system. Home is currently 2 bedrooms 1 ¾ baths. However loft bedroom closet is removable with no modifications and will allow an expansion of existing home by an additional 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms leaving room for a palatial mansion down the road. Upper greenhouse 20x24 passive solar vented with built in rocket stove heater for your spring vegetable starts.
Separated by the canal the lower property is 27.5 acres with a ¼ mile DEEDED PRIVATE LANE for access off of Clairmont road, again this a deeded lane, not an easement, so you don't have to worry about neighbors when accessing the vegetable farm. Entire 27.5 acres is fenced with 5 wire barb wire fencing suitable for stock/horses and has cattle grates and gates on canal access road. Approximately 4 acres of the lower property has been previously plowed and is groomed and available to plant wheat, corn, barley, hay, etc. The ungroomed portion is prime grazing with scattered stands of Hawthorne, Larch, Ponderosa, Spruce, and Wild Rose.
Centered on the hillside on the southern 1/3 of the lower lot is one of the largest hugelkulture installations in the US! Constructed in the spring of 2013 the commercial garden is 250'x250' enclosure of almost exactly 1.5 acres however due to the folded surface inherent in hill farming this enclosure can produce equivalent to 6-8 acres of flat land garden depending on how you choose to plant it. It is surrounded by an 8' heavy duty commercial deer fence constructed from recycled heavy duty drill piping meaning it will last several lifetimes with little to no maintenance. The garden has approximately 1200 established strawberry plants, 250+ established raspberry plants, countless established medicinal and culinary herbs, and some established fruit trees as well. Hugels were built with 100% on site materials with the woody core consisting of excavator smashed pre-rotted stumps, then sod, then topsoil on top. It has been extensively amended with OMRI certified organic fertilizers and was a certified organic farm for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. State of the art low flow irrigation and weather monitoring systems already installed. Lower property has a private head gate with irrigation rights from Pablo Feeder canal with gravity fed irrigation of the entire property and a holding pond for pump irrigation system feeding hugelkulture garden!
This farm produces record breaking amounts of food with an experienced farmer at the helm! The 2013 season produced approximately 40 standard tons of tomatoes about 60 tons of squash, and we kind of gave up measuring production from there. The entire property is covered in Ph 6.5 deep black loam that is between 3'-10' deep depending on location. You WILL NOT find a more fertile property anywhere in the area. Due to the southwest slope, zone 6a lake effect microclimate, and location on a hillside this garden is frost free from mid-May to mid-October giving you at least 120-140 days of growing season in a part of the state that typically sees 95-100 days!
House construction completed in the fall of 2015 - pictures of home to come but it is absolutely stunning custom Amish construction!
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