Foothills Orchard & Irrigated Cropland, Oregon
Property Types: Vacant Land, Farms
Activities & Amenities
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Welcome to Foothills Orchard, 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, efficient layout, and fertile soils. 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 international airport.
This farm has historically been operated as a pear orchard and includes over 400 acres of irrigated cropland for annual row crops or vineyard development (250+ acres are in process of having the pear orchard 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.
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 has buried mainline throughout the property, and there are multiple ponds that total approximately 4.50 surface acres.
Sixty percent of the property has Class III soils with the balance being Class IV. These soils overall allow 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.
The farm headquarters building is situated overlooking the northwest section of the property. With a total of 4,880 square feet, the building features an office space, employee breakroom and dining hall, bathroom and shower, storage room, and 3,200 square feet of shop and equipment storage. There are also 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 northwest section of the property, as well as three 30,000-gallon propane tanks, various fertilizer tanks, and multiple irrigation filtration/control stations including some with sand media. In addition to all of this, the property also benefits from three-phase power in multiple locations and on each section of the property.
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 placeholder dwellings on the property (structures themselves are of minimal to no value), with stunning views of the cropland and valley to the west as well as the mountains in the distance. There is also an old labor camp with five separate labor houses (buyer to complete due diligence for any temporary labor housing and existing homesites). The current zoning allows for the construction of agricultural support buildings for equipment, product storage, farm office, and more.
Medford is centrally located on Interstate 5 in-between Grants Pass and Ashland, and is in a region 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. The Applegate and Illinois Rivers, in addition to over ten other lakes, provide southern Oregon residents ample options for enjoying live water adventures.