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78th St Heritage Farm: Growing Community, Education, and Sustainability

By James Peterson, October 3, 2018

The 78th Street Heritage Farm consists of 79 acres that are adjacent to residential properties in Vancouver, WA.

It is the largest single owned open parcel in the Hazel Dell Neighborhood. The farm has been county property since 1871, and has always had a focus on teaching the community how to raise their own crops and tend livestock. In 1926 the farm was redesigned by the same architecture firm that designed the Heathman Hotel and Paramount theater in nearby Portland, OR.

In 1943, Clark County negotiated a 21-acre lease with Washington State College to convert a portion of the farm into a research and experimental farm. In 2010, the farm underwent a major renovation to focus on celebrating Washington’s agricultural heritage, providing education for the community, and supporting sustainable agricultural practices.

You can get involved in this community garden by renting a community plot or taking classes through their WSU partnership,

James Peterson

Broker Licensed in OR & WA

As a licensed real estate broker, James Peterson is passionate about connecting clients with the home that fits their needs, lifestyle and personality. James recognizes the uniqueness of the greater Portland market; its diverse neighborhoods, each with their own vibes and quirks, makes finding the ideal property for a client an exciting and rewarding challenge. James has a true passion for this vibrant city—its people, spaces, architecture, and communities. Combined with his love of design, attention to detail, and creative use of spaces, this passion allows him to bring joy to clients’ lives through real estate. James is also motivated by the nuances of the delicate art of negotiation, the hunt for the right property, and the thrill of closing a deal that satisfies both buyers and sellers. He has chosen to be a part of Living Room Realty, a Certified B Corporation, because it reflects his own values of responsibility and sustainability by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business. His philosophy of excellence, enthusiasm, honesty and reliability, unites with his tireless drive to make him a truly dedicated real estate broker. James’ work philosophy has been broadened by his experience as a volunteer fire fighter, EMT, family grief counselor, ICU nurse, and anesthesia provider. Additionally, as the owner of JP Investment Properties LLC, James is experienced in the building and design aspect of the real estate market through construction and project management, home remodeling, and bringing investors and builders together on projects. A devoted family man, James has used this experience to renovate his own family dwelling through home remodeling and the addition of an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) designed to enhance the space in which his family lives, works, and plays. James understands that finding time for play is, of course, an essential part of life. He is an outdoor enthusiast and reenergizes through backpacking and mountaineering; road, cyclocross, and mountain biking; snowboarding; and scuba diving. He also satisfies his creative urge through landscape design and gardening as well as craft brewing. For James, life is about finding balance, discovering harmony, and seeking joy amidst the many demands of modern society. It is this same balance, harmony, and joy that he strives to foster in the lives of his clients.
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