Property ID: 6107
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Number of Acres: 5
Location: East Renton Highlands, between Issaquah and Renton
Land Description:
This property has been managed as a homestead to produce food for our family since 2005. We have used entirely organic practices, starting with grassfed dairy goats and ducks in 2005, and grew to include geese, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, sheep, Dexter cows, a Jersey family milk cow, mason bees and holistically managed honeybees. Currently, we have a milk cow and calf, a couple dairy goats, a couple ewes, muscovy ducks, chickens, 4-H rabbits, bees, an English Shepherd and friendly farm cats. All of our livestock (other than rabbits) rotate from April through November, and ruminants are hay fed in a winter set-aside area to protect the pastures.

We also have a polytunnel, and extensive garden space and an orchard that are safely fenced to protect from neighborhood deer. Our long driveway is lined with wine grapes that produce enough to make about 30 gallons of juice each year. Our cider press is active when apples are available in the fall. There is a woodlot that provides wood for heating our home and teaching space, that could be a lovely environment for growing mushrooms.

There is a building on the property that is ideal for use for classes and gatherings. I teach a Farm School for homeschoolers 2 days a week, as well as offering private music lessons. There is also a shop building that is well-supplied with tools. There is a place already set up for an RV or tiny home, so housing is a possibility.

We received the King County Conservation District Landowner award in 2009, we use Holistic Management practices, and have implemented some Biodynamic principles. We are well-connected with the surrounding community in May Valley, and I manage about 30 acres nearby with a herd of about 20 Dexter cattle. It is exciting to see the rejuvenation of the soils and the increase in wildlife activity there, as the pastures have increased in quality with holistically managed grazing.

At this point, our older children are embarking on their own paths. I am seeking a single person or couple who is interested in co-operating with me to turn the now-fertile land that has provided the meat, milk, eggs, and a significant portion of the fruits and vegetables for a family of 8 (about 70% of our food) into a community resource. A goal of mine is to create opportunities for people in the surrounding urban area to directly experience the many real activities and dynamic lifestyle that are connected with living from the land. It is also a goal to put in a well and to set up a watering system that makes sense for the livestock, gardens and orchard here so that we are not fully reliant on rainwater and municipal water.
Current Uses:
  • Currently Farmed Organic Practices
Past Uses:
  • Farmed Organic Practices
Farm Business Activities Allowed:
  • CSA/Direct Market
  • Farm Stand
  • Agritourism
Types of Farming Allowed:
  • Dairy
  • Row Crop
  • Livestock
  • Poultry
  • Pasture
  • Organic
Land
Organic Ready: Yes
Sun Exposure: Partial
Is your land conserved?: No
Housing
Landowner Lives Onsite: Yes
Housing: Yes
Infrastructure
Fenced: Yes
Fenced: Yes
Equipment:Yes
  • Tillage Equipment
  • Cultivating Equipment
  • Livestock
  • Poultry
  • Milking Parlor
Storage: Yes
Electricity: Yes
Road Access: Yes
Heavy Equipment Access: Yes
Water
Water Rights: Don't Know
Water Source: Pond
Water Source: Municipal
Floodplain: No