Other - Fall rye planted 2019 for soil enrichment; needs plowing in approx 2 acres
Certified Organic -
State of the surface of the cultivable area
FAll Rye planted on approx 2 of 3.5 acres to lease. Will need to be ploughed under.
Prior crop was Blackberries, removed in 2018.
Currently bare land except for 4 rows of blueberries.
Description and historical use of land available for farming
Approx. 3.5 acres total to lease. Over 20 yrs ago grew wine grapes, with good production due to soil. 20 yrs ago was in apples (red/golden delicious) and removed apples to plant Blackberries, Boisenberries, Blueberries/Hascaps. For past 20 years organic farming practises followed, and berries were certified organic through NOAA/PACS. 2 long term (2x5 years each for 2 farmers) leases; last farmer retired, and berries removed, back to bare land.
Yes - Double farm gate at roadside of Saucier Road
No - No
Long-term goal or vision for land
Farmer(s) to lease longer term after trial year, operating their farm business using organic farming principles. Inputs required for growing must be secured through organic/natural suppliers.
Open to leasing 1 acre and 2.5 acres separately. Preference is to lease entire 3.5 acres
Soil has grown wine grapes, apples, berries, and would be suitable also for herbs, vegetables.
Irrigated, Deer fenced. Good drainage, slightly sloped toward the west.
Known environmental hazards (wildfire area, flooding, etc.)
Current residents living on property
Yes - Property owner
Availability of farm buildings
No - Bare land
Land is fenced
Yes - Deer fenced
Availability of farm machinery and tools
Irrigation system -
Other - SEKID irrigation for farming; will need some reconfiguration in the field(s) depending on the crop
Water rights to these sources
No - No on-site housing
Restricted access of visitors
Yes - Owner needs to be made aware of who is on property if other than farmer(s)
Preferred Agriculture Products
Vegetable - onions, garlic, shallots, root veggies, other vegetables
Seed - could grow some vegetable seed stock like onions, veggie seeds,
Orchard/Fruit - berries like blackberries, blueberries, hascaps, apples, other fruits
Certified Organic -
Texture - somewhat sandy, but has grown grapes, berries/apples just fine
Sloping - slight western slope top to bottom
Soil grittiness - see texture above
Good drainage - Yes, in part due to soil and slope
Would you be willing to mentor or advise the entering farmer(s)?
Do you require references from the farmer(s)?
Yes - I have had 2 long term leases with bona fide farmers before; it's always good to check references when possible
1 year trial with intention of 3-5 year renewable lease