Land Bank

For inquiries or to express interest in any of the properties listed below, please contact Amanda Hixson at amanda@sierraharvest.org and fill out our Land Match intake form, here.

McCourtney Road

Location:  McCourtney Road, Grass Valley

Land Description: The former site of a large legal cannabis operation – infrastructure is still in place. The property boasts 13 greenhouses (approx. 16 x 100′ in size) that are all plumbed with drip irrigation, and a few with lights. Translates to approximately 20,000sf canopy.

Water availability: Water is available on the property in good supply, with 4″ of NID water purchased annually and pumped out of the pond. 2 Large storage tanks supply the grow site directly.

Landowner interested in: 

  • Annual fruits, vegetables, flowers

 

McCourtney Rd Land Bank Property

5042 – South Yuba Farm

Location: North San Juan, Nevada City

Estimated acreage for farming or ranching: 18

Land Description: 400 acres with driving access to an epic 1.2 miles of private South Yuba River just above Bridgeport at 1600ft elevation. 1 acre fenced and irrigated garden, 100 fruit trees, small barn, beautiful tiny house, 10 acre electric fence with 2 horses in it. Great Hip Camp opportunity to diversify income. 30×60 greenhouse, 5 wells, 30,000 gal water storage.  Another 40 acres of little forested grazing land adjacent to the main 20 acre meadow agricultural area. There’s so much to see on the property it takes 2-3 hours to go around it on an ATV. Excavator and skid steer on site.

Water availability:  5 solar wells adding up to about 25 gal/min.  3 storage tank zones with 30,000gal water storage.  Great gravity pressure at the garden site. 2 seasonal creeks, 2 unimproved fresh springs. 

Landowner interested in: 

  • Cows goats, sheep, pigs, poultry
  • Orchard, berries
  • Annual fruits, vegetables, flowers
  • Certified Organic

Arrangement landowner most interested in: 

  • Cash lease
  • Food/work trade
  • other

Housing Available?   Yes

#2307 – Chicago Park

Location: Chicago Park

Total Acreage: 5

Estimated acreage for farming or ranching: 5

Land Description: 5-acre deer fenced knoll top garden space with double dug beds with rich soil. 20 fruit trees. 3 greenhouses sizes 60 ft/100 ft/80ft. 3-acre fenced pasture with dairy cows. More open areas with great sun exposure, soil needs to be worked. Small kubota tractor available along with BCS tractor and seed bank. There are existing markets for sales to a local private membership farmstand. There is compost.  Owner will work with farmer to transition to the existing markets.

Water availability: 8-10 gallons per minute on the well. NID ditch access (1 miners inch) & NID filled pond access.

Housing availability: Yes, a 5th wheel and room for a tiny house.

Landowner interested in: 

  • Orchard and berries
  • Cows and poultry
  • Annual fruits, vegetables and flowers
  • Certified Organic
  • Other

Arrangement landowner most interested in: 

  • Cash lease
  • Work trade

#2306 – Bitney Springs and Empress – Nevada City

Location: Nevada County

Total Acreage: 5

Estimated acreage for farming or ranching: 5

Land Description: About 3-acres are designated prime farmland with full sun and no trees.  There is a small designated environmentally sensitive area due to it being a wetland.    It is available for the next 5 years until they build on it. There is no fencing, electricity or septic. 

Water availability: 21+ gpm well with a brand new RPS solar well pump and panels producing 10+ gpm during sunlight hours. NID is located on the next parcel over, but there aren’t any inches yet available through NID.

Housing availability: No

Landowner interested in: 

  • Orchard and berries
  • Chickens and goats
  • Annual fruits, vegetables and flowers
  • Certified Organic

Arrangement landowner most interested in: 

  • Cash lease
  • Open to sharing in the investment of perennials or other alternative. 
  • Trade

#2305 – Nevada City and Grass Valley – 2 Properties

Location: Jones Bar Road (Nevada City) and Highland Dr. (Grass Valley)

Total Acreage: 10 acres (Nevada City) and 6 acres (Grass Valley)

Estimated acreage for farming or ranching: 10 and 6

Land Description: The Nevada City property has a lots of sun, the soil is depleted but the owners have been watering and building up the soil in the past year.  There is basic fencing to extend from the deer-fenced vegetable garden.  There are oaks, pines and manzanita.  The Grass Valley property is higher up and cooler with oaks and cedars.  It is more shaded with better soil.  There are fences and outbuildings for livestock and chickens.  There is a sunny terraced 1-acre garden (without a deer fence).

Water availability: 1-2 miners inch (Nevada City) and NID water is available (Grass Valley)

Housing availability:  Potentially yes.

Landowner interested in: 

  • Cows, goats, sheep, pigs, poultry
  • Orchard and berries
  • Annual fruits, vegetables and flowers
  • Certified Organic
  • Collaborate on value-added products

Arrangement landowner most interested in: 

  • Food/work trade

#2304 – Lone Star in Auburn

Location: Placer County

Total Acreage: 30 

Estimated acreage for farming or ranching: 30

Land Description: Large barn with tractors and many implements. Has 6-acres of Organic apple trees. There is an industrial-powered cold storage and roll-up door for a farm stand. Has had a 2-acre Organic garden in the past.

Water availability: Large NID pond, with 2 canals feeding water, well for the house.

Housing availability: Potential for housing available.

Landowner interested in: 

  • Cows, goats, sheep, pigs, poultry
  • Orchard and berries
  • Annual fruits, vegetables and flowers
  • Certified Organic
  • Other

Arrangement landowner most interested in: 

  • Cash lease
  • Food/work trade
  • Other

#2303 – Enterprise Mine Farms

Location: Nevada County

Total Acreage: 15

Estimated acreage for farming or ranching: 15

Land Description: There are natural creeks, ponds, irrigation, established rows, fencing, hoop houses, greenhouse for seed starts, citrus, and orchard trees established.  No marijuana cultivated.

Water availability: Creek fed water source, ponds and river flow on the property.  There are also holding sources.

Housing availability: Yes

Landowner interested in: 

  • Orchard and berries
  • Annual fruits, vegetables and flowers
  • Certified Organic

Arrangement landowner most interested in: 

  • Cash lease
  • Food/work trade
  • Other

#2302 – Highway 174 – You Bet Road

Location: You Bet Road and Highway 174.

Total Acreage: 5

Estimated acreage for farming or ranching: 5

Land Description: The property is split by Lost Lake Rd.  Pasture on west side of Lost Lake Road.  Barn, chicken house and small garden on the east side of the road.  The 3-acre pasture has seasonal creek down the middle and has livestock perimeter fencing.  Full sun. Part of the barn, chicken house and east garden area are currently being use.  This area can be used for pig, goat, compost development from abundant organic matter.  Partial sun in this area.  Might have a tractor available for usage with all the attachments.  A sawmill is also available so there is lots of lumber available.

Water availability: Seasonal spring with a 4,000-gallon storage.  In 2022, a new 12 gpm well was installed to supplement spring in low water years.  The spring pump and well pump discharge to a 1,500 gallon storage tank.  Therefore, there is 25 psi water pressure supply to the pasture, barn, chicken house on the lower part of the property.  More water storage on the hill could be added. 

Housing availability: There is the potential for mobile home farmer housing.

Landowner interested in: 

  • Production of food

Arrangement landowner most interested in: 

  • Fairly flexible with leasing and share of the crop. Might not need to lease – just share the food produced.

#2301 – Greenhorn Area, Grass Valley

Location: La Noria Ct., Grass Valley 

Total Acreage: 25

Estimated acreage for farming or ranching: 25

Land Description: Flat land and good soil.  Whole area is fenced.  Very good sun exposure.

Water availability: 30 gpm well with two 2,500 gallon storage tanks.  Gravity fed water.

Housing availability: Not at this time.

Landowner interested in: 

  • A mixture of fruit trees and annual crops

Arrangement landowner most interested in: 

  • Fairly flexible with leasing and share of the crop. Might not need to lease – just get to work the land.

2202 – Lower Apple Hill

Location: 1480 Madden Lane – Lower Apple Hill

Total Acreage: 71

Estimated acreage for farming or ranching: 40 acres

Land Description:71 acres. Irrigation and deer fence in place. Apple, table grape, blueberry in place. Several acres previously used for row crops. In lower Apple Hill with excellent sun exposure. Green house in place. CCOF certified. Tractor, implements, and truck available.

Water availability: Four large EID ag meters. Perennial irrigation in place. Irrigation to row crops in place, distribution and emitters needed.

Housing availability: Not at this time.

Landowner interested in: 

  • Cows, goats, sheep, pigs, poultry
  • Orchard, berries
  • Annual fruits, vegetables, flowers
  • Certified Organic

Arrangement landowner most interested in: 

  • Cash lease
  • Food/work trade
  • Other