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Where the Buffalo (and Yak) Roam- Pine Mountain Buffalo Ranch

Where the Buffalo (and Yak) Roam- Pine Mountain Buffalo Ranch

Written by Erinn Criswell
Just what is an Asian Cow? Just another name for yaks and naks. And what is a nak? It’s a female Asian Cow, of course. These facts and many others were offered up by Alan Rousseau who co-owns and operates Pine Mountain Buffalo Ranch outside of Bend, Ore. along [...]

 
R-evolution Gardens—Challenges and Rewards of a Mostly Off-Grid Farm

R-evolution Gardens—Challenges and Rewards of a Mostly Off-Grid Farm

Written by FoFF volunteer- Martha Wagner
Ginger Salkowski has referred to herself as a crazy upstart farmer and she considers it an asset: “It may be the best set of skills I can have, as the climate begins to change on planet Earth.”
Like many younger-generation farmers, she came to farming from an unlikely background, having grown [...]

 
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider- It’s ALL About the Fruit!

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider- It’s ALL About the Fruit!

Written by FoFF volunteer April Lemly
“The biggest difference is the fruit,” explains Nat of Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider (Portland, Oregon). It has become common for mainstream cider makers to cut costs by adding high fructose corn syrup to the apple mash when making cider. But not at Reverend Nat’s. Their carefully crafted ciders are brewed [...]

 
Megan Denton: An Intuitive New American Farmer

Megan Denton: An Intuitive New American Farmer

Written by FoFF volunteer Amy Wong
A lone deer in a meadow served as my welcoming committee on a sunny, summer morning as I approached Able Farms to meet Megan Denton, a spunky chef-turned-farmer who hails from the South, but has called Portland home for nearly 15 years. Her 120-acre Sauvie Island farm is composed of [...]

 
Froggy Bottom, Enriching Retirement

Froggy Bottom, Enriching Retirement

Written by Erinn Criswell
Dave Morgan and Sue Tate humbly refer to themselves as greyhorns.  Like greenhorns, Dave and Sue are relative newbies to farming; however, the notable difference is that Dave and Sue began homesteading post retirement.  The two have happily transitioned from city life to a bucolic one filled with spoiled animals and gorgeous [...]

 
iFarm Supports Dreams of Russian Immigrant Farmers

iFarm Supports Dreams of Russian Immigrant Farmers

Written by FoFF volunteer, John Clark Vincent. 11 March, 2014
After spending four years farming in Damascus, Ore. as a part of Mercy Corps Northwest’s refugee farming program, Russian immigrants Tatyana and Petr Puzur were ready to take another step toward self-sufficiency, but they needed land where they could continue to build their Happy Moment Farm [...]

 
Terra Farma- Doing Right by the Earth, the Animals, and the People

Terra Farma- Doing Right by the Earth, the Animals, and the People

Written by FoFF volunteer and farmer, Melissa Streng
Terra Farma, near the Columbia River Gorge in Corbett, OR, is a humble 10 acre farm teeming with cows, goats, chickens, turkeys, a guard dog, barn cat, and much laughter. With daily events such as goat kids snuggling with Sophie, the Great Pyrenees guard dog, or Stella the [...]

 
McK Ranch- Grass Fed for Health and Happiness

McK Ranch- Grass Fed for Health and Happiness

Written by FoFF volunteer, Corey Staver  
In deciding whether grass-fed beef is healthier than grain-fed beef, for McK Ranch owners David and Bette McKibben the proof is in the pan.
The grease left behind after David cooks grass-fed beef remains mostly liquid after it cools; he can pour it out of the skillet. Whereas grease from [...]

 
Dot Ranch, a True Labor of Love

Dot Ranch, a True Labor of Love

Written by farmer and FoFF volunteer, Melissa Streng
Dot Ranch, a 40 acre parcel where Mickey Clayton has been raising heritage animal breeds since 2010, lies on a hilltop on the outskirts of Scio, Oregon. The most prevalent animal on the ranch is the Navajo-Churro sheep, a heritage breed traditionally raised by the Navajo people [...]

 
Deck Family Farm- A Long-term Approach to Farming

Deck Family Farm- A Long-term Approach to Farming

Written by FoFF volunteer Amy Wong     January 2014
A gaggle of heritage pigs rooting around grass and trees served as the welcoming committee as I rambled up the driveway at Deck Family Farm, owned by Christine and John Deck. It was a sunny and crisp fall day and the frisky pigs, nary a docked tail in [...]

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