Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
Well, I'm no where near Oregon but if I were you I would start with hay. Good/decent quality hay will always be in demand. In rough years you can make quite the profit, it's relatively simple if you are educated and seek out mentors or even a partner the first few years. And like me you get the bonus "free" hay that's price isn't determined by the market.
Cutting hay can be as cheap or expensive as you make it. We bale over 1,000 acres of hay a year. We have relatively nice machinery, super sized air conditioned cabs with all the fancy stuff, computerized systems, net wrap balers, etc... But for a small operation you can easily get by with a basic farm tractor and some elbow grease! We do mostly bermuda and some large sections of fescue/bermuda for cattle. Check around with your local Co-Ops and see what they are needing. Good goat hay in my area can be hard to find, quality bermuda too.
As far as crops go? Strawberries sound great. I love how easy they are to grow and propagate (I have a small patch but my great grandfather had a huge operation). The only trouble with berries is finding pickers and a market.
Something to consider is Eco-Tourism. Huge market, we've thought about it long and hard but are pretty maxed out already.
I'm getting ready to put in a hoop house so I can garden year round. You may want to set aside a section of land to do so. Research hard to come by organic crops in your area, people are willing to pay more for sustainably grown/organic produce. If nothing else you can run a booth at the local farmers market.
Sorry, I don't have much experience with large scale corn, seems like it would take a lot more effort, specialized equipment, etc.
Good Luck! Hope it all works out!
You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!! What do you mean what do I mean?
Last edited by FlyGap; 03-13-2013 at 06:43 PM.