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One of the things I found interesting in Eastern Oregon was the way farms adjoined the striking color formations of the hills. Here a fruit orchard adjoined the John Day River while there were striking cliffs above.

Not far from here, in Kimberly, we saw 11 acres planted with three types of organic apples, apricots, cherries, and peaches for sale for $179,000. The property came right down to the edge of the north fork of the John Day River, a deep & swift river. The price included water rights.

We spoke with the farmer who had sold the land to a fellow who owned an organic food store in Bend in order to meet his loan payments. He had agreed to continue farming the land for him and plant an orchard of mixed organic fruit. He told us that the property lost about $7,000 to $10,000 a year although when the young trees matured, it might be break-even. The store owner had died without reimbursing the farmer's losses and now the heirs were selling it again, for three times the previous price.

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