Irrigated Foothill Farm
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Welcome to the Irrigated Foothill Farm, a rare and sought-after opportunity for the discerning buyer. Located just 8 miles from downtown Medford and 6 miles from the Rogue Valley International Airport, this 517.77 acre farm includes 458.90 acres of water rights, great exposure, and fertile soils. This farm has historically been operated as a pear orchard and includes 150+ acres of open cropland for annual row crops or vineyard development (250+ acres of orchard is in process of being removed). An irrigated land offering of this size and scale has rarely been available for purchase in Southern Oregon. The area is known as a developing wine and niche agricultural community with a charming small-town culture and a climate that includes a distinct four seasons, mild winter and long growing season.
Irrigated Foothill Farm
Over 450 Acres of
- Southern Oregon -
Centrally Located - Medford is centrally located on Interstate 5 in-between Grants Pass and Ashland, and is in a region that is known for its beautiful rural estates, vineyards, and productive agricultural lands. The area is known as a developing wine region and niche agricultural community with a strong small-town culture. The climate is highly sought after with four distinct seasons including mild winters and long growing seasons. The area is also an outdoor recreational paradise, with access to thousands of acres of public lands, phenomenal hiking, great camping and RV’ing, horseback riding, and Crater Lake National Park. Southern Oregon is home to abundant water, including the world-renowned Rogue River which offers phenomenal fishing, white water rafting, and many other recreational opportunities.
Existing Infrastructure - The farm headquarters building is situated overlooking the Northwest section of the property. With a total of 4,880 Sq. Ft. the building features an office space, employee breakroom and dining hall, bathroom and shower, storage room and 3,200 Sq. Ft. of shop and equipment storage. There are multiple other outbuildings including a barn, chemical building, and general purpose buildings for your storage and farming needs. Land improvements to the property are also expansive, allowing for multiple farm uses and future structural support expansion if needed. There are multiple extensions for Medford water throughout the property northwest section of the property, as well as one 30,000 gallon propane tank (three additional 30,000 gallon propane tanks are available for lease from the vendor), various fertilizer tanks, a 3,000 gallon holding tank for grey water (pumped as needed), and multiple irrigation filtration/control stations (northwest section includes sand media irrigation filtration). In addition to all of this, the property also benefits from three-phase power in multiple locations and on each section of the property.
Expand Your Agribusiness - With approximately 445 tillable/farmable acres, combined with water rights from both the Medford Irrigation District and the Rogue River Valley Irrigation District, the opportunities are endless for your future or expanding agribusiness. The current irrigation system is delivered via an above-ground distribution system, with buried mainline throughout the property as well. There are also multiple ponds total nearly 4.50 surface acres. Sixty percent of the property has Class III soils with the balance being Class IV. These soils overall are excellent for a wide variety of irrigated row crops. The convenient location and good traffic count make the property well-suited for a tasting room with an on-site vineyard or niche farm for consumer sales. The level topography and efficient blocking, allow for easy harvesting and farm management.
- Property Details -
Property Location: 3103 East Vilas Road in Medford, OR 97504
Access: Access from E. Vilas and Foothill Rd
Map and Tax Lot: 36S-1W-33 TL 100 - 302.51 Acres
36S-1W-34 TL 500 - 39.84 Acres
37S-1W-03 TL 1000 - 35.94 Acres
37S-1W-04 TL 100 - 139.48 Acres
APN Number: 10459797, 10459967, 10460083, and 10460199
2019 Taxes: $16,797.71
Zoning: EFU (Exclusive Farm Use)
Gross Acreage: 517.77 Acres (Per Assessor)
Acreage Allocation (est): 282.00 acres - existing irrigated orchard (in process of being removed), headland rows, and roads
163.00 acres - open irrigated cropland
72.77 acres - ancillary land (hillside, ponds, brush, etc.) and supporting site acreage
Soils: Soils are 60% Class III with the balance being Class IV (see map/report)
Elevations: 1,350' - 1,815' (+/-) above sea level
Topography: NW and SW sections (442 acres) are mostly level with gently rolling hillside. East section (72 acres) is rolling to moderately steep below canal. Above the canal is wooded and is moderately steep to steep.
Live Water: Six on-site ponds with +/- 4.5 surface acres
Domestic Water: Medford water for the shop, with additional Medford water hookups throughout the property
Total Water Rights: 458.90 acres
Irrigation Districts: Medford Irrigation District (MID) - 347.00 acres
Rogue River Valley Irrigation District (RRVID) - 111.90 acres
Irrigation Infrastructure: NW Section MID - Two control and filtration stations (sand media) for gravity-pressurized water from the canal
NW Section RRVID - 60HP three-phase pump and filtration station, delivering water to NW corner of NW section of the property
SW section MID - Control and filtration station for gravity-pressurized water from the canal
East section MID - Older pump station and three-phase power along the MID canal
Points of Diversion (POD): MID - The property has four irrigation diversion points along the MID canal that runs North and South to the East side the property. The two most northern POD supply gravity pressurized water to the NW section of the property. The third POD traveling south supplies water to the east section of the property. The southernmost POD supplies gravity-pressurized water to the SW section of the property
- Irrigation and Water Details -
- Shop Details -
Gross Building Area: 4,880 square feet (per county records)
Year of Construction: 1999 (per county records)
Eave Height: 15 feet
Center Height: 22 feet
Stem Wall: 3' concrete block stem wall in west (shop) portion
Strcutural Frame: Steel
Clear Span: No
Exterior Walls: Metal
Doors: Four roll-up doors and multiple walk-in doors
Additional Features: Two partitioned offices, breakroom/kitchen, full bathroom with lockers, storage room, large shop area, and covered front porch with railing and enclosed soffits
Sewer: Holding tank for grey water (1,000 gallon capacity, pumped as needed)
Utilities: Power is provided by Pacific Power Company, with multiple power drops throughout the property (inlcuding three-phase)
Note: county records report actual acreage as 517.77 acres.
- Location -
Rogue Valley Intl. Airport
Mt. Ashland Ski Area
Crater Lake Ntl Park
- Landmarks -
Massive Potential - The property is comprised of four tax lots zoned Exclusive Farm Use. The combination of large acreage and existing dwellings provide the potential for multiple homesites (buyer to do their due diligence regarding any existing and potential homesites). There are currently four older dwellings on the property, with stunning views of the cropland and valley to the west as well as the distant mountains. There is also an old labor camp with five separate labor houses (Buyer to complete due diligence for any temporary labor housing). The current zoning allows for the construction of agricultural support buildings for equipment, product storage, farm office, and more. Access is directly off of E Vilas Road and Foothill Road, which are paved, two-lane, county maintained roadways. There is also easy access to I-5 as well as the Rogue Valley International Airport.
Great Climate - From a climate perspective, Southern Oregon offers the most diverse growing conditions in Oregon and arguably in the United States. According to a local climatologist, Dr. Greg Jones, the maritime air masses that originate over the Pacific are cooled by the ocean currents offshore and moderate the climate of the region.
Four Distinct Seasons - Winter temperatures below freezing and summer temperatures above 90°F are common. July average maximum temperatures range from the upper 80s to the lower 90s and January average minimum temperatures range from the upper 20s to the lower 30s. The growing season, defined by the median dates of the first and last 32 degree frost, varies from 138-174 days and growing season temperatures vary with an average from the upper 50s to the lower 60s. Precipitation varies from 18-60 inches across the region, with an average of just over 21 inches for the year, with less than 15% of it coming during them growing season.
Irrigated Foothill Farm