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Interview With Deep Roots Farm’s Kimberly Bolster, Part 2

Q&A Part 2 With Local Albany, Oregon Sustainable Farm
Deep Roots Farm, Albany, Oregon

For those of us working 9-5 jobs at desks, going home in traffic in our cars every night, ordering take out for dinner, and then settling into the couch for a typical night at home watching our new best friend (aka Comcast TV service), we’ll never quite know just how hard it is to work a farm. Sure, you get to be outside, communing with nature, enjoying the experience of working the land, but truth be told, farming is way beyond difficult. We sat down with Kimberly from Deep Roots Farm a few weeks ago, and picked her brain about life on the modern organic farm. Here’s what she had to say.

Planet Matters Blog Question (3): You mentioned that at first, the current farm site was a neglected nursery and had been abandoned for a number of years. When you originally looked at the property, how daunting did the initial preparation and cultivation appear to be? In hindsight, was it even more work than you had imagined? Was there anything about the previous property’s use as a nursery that made the transition to a farm any easier?

Deep Roots Farm Answer: “As we were still farming the 2 acres we began farming on, we weren’t in a terrible hurry to clear the areas still in nursery stock. There was enough open ground to keep us busy for several years, and over time, the land was all brought into row crop production…” Continue reading

Interview With Deep Roots Farm’s Kimberly Bolster

Q&A Part 1 With Local Albany, Oregon Sustainable Farmer
Deep Roots Farm, Albany, OR
Planet Matters Blog Question (1): How are decisions made as to where crops are planted? Besides the obvious, like starters beginning in green houses, or working with the sunlight, how does the family organize things over the many acres of land?

Deep Roots Farm Answer: “Next season’s plan is always in the back of our minds as we are planting crops for our current season. Crop location is mainly determined by what was previously growing in a given location, as we try to always rotate into a different type of crop (e.g.  this year’s tomato field may be planted to spring peas, and then to strawberries in mid-summer).” Continue reading