Land Description:Two recently inherited tax parcels are funded by the orchard which supplies Finn River Cider with the heritage apples they harvest. No Farm or Forest Stewardship Plans yet. Currently Zoned and taxed as Ag Land. Unoccupied 22 Acres in the Chimacum Creek Valley with road frontage on the highway at Center. No structures or services exist yet but are possible.
Chimacum began as a community of native people and then interrupted by immigrant farmers. Our family homesteaded when the land was virgin timber. It seems responsible to see the land farmed, conserved and restored as best as the community can. The crossroads of Chimacum has a Farmers Market, active Grange Hall, Cenex Fuel and Farm Supply Store, Chimacum Corner Farm Stand, Farms Reach Cafe, and Finn River Cidery, all good places to meet the young and old farmers now moving into the valley.
The orchard covers 4-5 acres of well drained, sunny, easterly sloping higher ground. 2 crab apple, 1 pear, one cherry and 29 apple trees produce less than 6 large bins of marketable fruit for cider but the potential is much greater. The varieties are very old and mostly unidentified. 6 of the trees were partially netted last year for fruit to be eaten fresh and the results were very positive. Possibilities also include adding cider compatible crops like rhubarb, raspberries, and other perennials like hedgerow roses and native plants. There is an open pasture below the orchard that may be usable for livestock. Scotch broom, wild chervil, and non-native blackberries are being removed. Some with straw covered plastic forming beds which now, when removed, is ready to be planted.
The remaining 17 acres is fir, cedar and spruce woodland on hillside leading from the orchard to a lower wetland meadow. Some old trails through the mature woodland reveal a few small year round streams joining at the meadow. A Ford 9N Tractor with implements is available for use. RV camp site and future cabin are potential housing for a compatible use, able farmer(s)/handy person(s).
- Currently Farmed Organic Practices
Types of Farming Allowed:
- Row Crop
Organic Ready: No
Sun Exposure: Full
Is your land conserved?: No
Landowner Lives Onsite: No