We’ve been hard at work on our new farm site, the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association (BDA) property in Junction City. We are fond of this site, it’s history, and it’s potential future. At the very least, we are grateful to have a place to farm with good soil and clean water, and to lease from a non-profit. What better way to make it happen? The east sloping full exposure parcel has made an excellent site for growing vegetable row crops for our weekly farm share (CSA) and restaurant deliveries. On the edge of the field, where the breezes are calmest, our new gable shaped greenhouse frame stands thanks to many hands. We continue to explore the farm’s nooks, crannies and capacity to sustain a mixed vegetable and small livestock farm.
In the last decade the property has at times been hayed and has hosted sheep. The soil is Class 2 silty clay loam, relatively rock free, and with a deep top soil for us to work with (and continue building). In the late spring we cover cropped some areas and in other areas added compost, minerals including lime, and cultivated. The soil has responded well to our efforts producing healthy and tasty vegetables and herbs that we will continue producing through early winter.
Our vision of the future for this farm includes finding a suitable partner to purchase the farm with or to secure a long term lease, so that we can plan for long into the future. The home and farm are suitable for two families and/or enterprises. In particular, this site and home are well suited for a farm stay (bed and breakfast on a farm). Serious inquiries can be sent to us directly, or to the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association.
Read more about the continuation of Camas Swale Farm on the Biodynamic Farming Blog post below.
It’s hard to believe that, a little less than four months ago, farmers Jonah Bloch and Amber Lippert were just signing a lease with the Biodynamic Association. Back in early April, there were no neat rows of potatoes, squashes, and tomatoes; there were no lilies blooming in the flower bed; there were no chickens scratching the ground below the fir tree; there were no farm workers riding the bike back and forth from field to house. Read on here: Biodynamic Farming Blog