Q&A Part 2 With Local Albany, Oregon Sustainable Farm
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
Q&A Part 1 With Local Albany, Oregon Sustainable Farmer
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
Do Small Restaurants Really Make an Impact?
It’s easy to think about farms, and concepts like “sustainable agriculture” as being entities or issues that are just a bit too large in scale to fully digest in your brain. But the truth is — they’re not. In the case of Deep Roots Farm and Laughing Planet Cafe in Albany and Portland (as well as Corvallis and Eugene) respectively, the partnership is not of a grand scale, but the positive impact is felt in a deep and meaningful way, on both sides of the fence.
What does this mean? Well, for Deep Roots Farm, this means direct to customer and direct to market relationships are viable. With a few restaurants to serve produce to, as well as a few trips weekly to any of three area farmers markets, and Deep Roots Farm is able to run a successful operation. And for Laughing Planet, a few partners in supply like Deep Roots, and their commitment to sustainable practices, and sourcing produce locally for the good of all, grows from a theoretical “good idea” to an actual practice. Continue reading
Partnering With Deep Roots Farm Means Truly Local Produce
We work extra hard to ensure that we put our money where our mouths are, and we mean that quite literally. Sourcing local produce isn’t just about reducing carbon emissions from trucks that would otherwise have to bring in veggies from far away. Buying our produce from local farms is also about our commitment to bettering the city of Portland, and the surrounding communities that feed into the systems at work here.
The photo above features Kimberly from Deep Roots Farm, alongside her youngest daughter Arissa and the Laughing Planet Head Chef, Jon Grumbles. In some seriously sweltering heat a few weeks ago, we took a visit down to Albany, Oregon, to spend some time with one of our principal produce sources, and got to see first-hand where our tomatoes, kale and more actually come from. Continue reading