Our 14 acre farm is a diverse mix of sloping pastures and low-land river valley, half of which is a seasonal wetland and refuge for migrating birds all through the winter. We came to this property in 2006, after spending the previous seven years growing our skills as vegetable growers, along with our passion for local food systems and safe, nutrient dense food. In 2007, we began a small-scale farm business.
On approximately 2 acres we grow over 70 different varieties of annual and perennial vegetables which we sell through our CSA (community-supported agriculture) program as well as at two McMinnville farmer's markets. Although we have opted not to become certified organic because we sell all of our produce directly to our customers, we are familiar with organic requirements and fulfill them by purchasing mostly organic seed when it is available, practicing crop rotation, and continually working towards soil improvement, always striving to balance the equation of taking from this soil to grow food and putting back in, in multiple forms (cover crops, compost, sheet mulching, organic soil amendments), what we have taken plus more. Our soil was not in the best condition when we arrived, so part of our mission as we farm is to restore health to this land we now steward. We use absolutely no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides anywhere on our property.
We also feel quite strongly against the use of genetically modified seeds, so we do not use any GMO seed and we only purchase seed from companies that have taken the Safe Seed Pledge. We also use only open pollinated seed varieties, which opens up our farm to many unique varieties that are both beautiful and delicious, although sometimes less consistent than hybrid varieties. Even though we do not save seed from everything we grow, we have found that open pollinated varieties have a longer genetic history and a wonderful depth of flavor. All of these things combine to meet our business goal: to provide safe, nourishing, and delicious food to our local community. Here at Growing Wild Farm, we appreciate how things grow in the wild, and try to mimic nature in our growing practices as much as we can while applying the old time farmer's knowledge of making a small, diversified family farm a living and a life!
We grow great food!
Season: April through December
Type: single farm
# of Shares: 40
Full Share: $522 paid in full/ $137.75 paid quarterly/ $48.25 paid monthly
Work Req? No
McMinnville Farmer's Market, Thursdays 1:30-6:00, 3rd and Cowl St, McMinnville
The Market, Saturdays 10:00-3:00, 845 NE 5th Street in the Granary District, McMinnville
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