Starting orchard/garden

Asked August 26, 2019, 5:44 PM EDT

Looking to buy some land possibly in Molalla. It was an old hay field and before a Christmas tree farm. We want a fruit orchard/garden/vineyard... maybe eventually for a small produce stand/wedding venue. My question is what sort of chemicals were possibly used on this land and would it be harmful for us to grow food. This would be the entire reason for buying the land. If there is risky herbicides or pesticides used it’s not worth it.

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Are you asking how to test for pesticides used by prior owners? The Extension service cannot tell you what was previously used, but there are testing labs to do that. We do not know whether there were organic pesticides or not without a chemical analysis. Thanks for more information!