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A Visit to Deep Roots Farm, Part 2

Deep Roots Farm & Laughing Planet: A Perfect PDX Partnership

Deep Roots Farm, Albany, OR

Deep Roots Farm is a fresh-market produce farm — one that specializes in a several choice crops, grown for local consumption and sold in the city of Portland, just about an hour away from where the food is cultivated and harvested. They specialize in strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, cantaloupe, green beans, sugar snap peas, broccoli, gold potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, butternut squash, and sweet onions, though they do grow more depending on the season.

With three trips to local Portland-area farmers markets each week, and just a few direct-to-restaurant distribution relationships in place, Deep Roots cultivates land over 70 total acres and practices sustainable agriculture. The farm itself began in 1998, and besides the family (including their daughters), Deep Roots employs 5 people to work the land. Albany, according to the family, has become a bit of a hotbed for family farms with a similar model, whereby crops are grown and then sold directly to market.

According to their website, Deep Roots “prides [themselves] on practicing environmentally responsible agriculture. Through scientific data,
ecological accounting, community integration, and good ol’ fashioned common sense, [they] feel [they] are legitimately making progress toward production that can truly be sustainable.” Continue reading

A Visit to Deep Roots Farm, Part 1

Laughing Planet, A Partner With Deep Roots Farm Deep Roots Farm, Albany, OR
In the past week or so, we were given the opportunity to take a short trip south of Portland and into the heart of the Willamette Valley, somewhere in between Albany and Corvallis. The purpose of the trip was to get out into nature, so that we might get to shake hands with one of Laughing Planet’s most productive partners.

Deep Roots Farm is a family operation that defines the idea of sustainable agriculture, while simultaneously disproving the idea that a small-scale operation can have a meaningful impact on those around them. Just an hour or so out of Portland, this local grower supplies only a few businesses in Portland, and shows up weekly at 3 of the city’s finest farmers markets.

In part 1 of this multi-part piece, we look at some pictures of the trip to Deep Roots. More pictures later in the week appear in Part 2, and then in the upcoming weeks, we’ll have a brief interview with the family behind Deep Roots Farm. Stay tuned for more! Continue reading