By Deanne Converse
Our farm is nestled in the Cascade mountains just on the west (wet) side of the crest of the Cascades. We are in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge, home to the worlds’ largest concentration of high waterfalls. The Pacific Crest Trail runs right by our place. Our nosey neighbors are a resident herd of elk, that visit unannounced quite regularly. We are blessed to live in this little spot of heaven. Our family farm is operated using permiculture and organic principles, yet we choose not to certify to keep costs down.
Our operation literally starts from the ground up: IN the soil. Caring for the microbiology of the soil. We have a great team of redworms working with us, the behind the scenes heros of our farm. We rely heavily on vermiculture as the backbone of the farming operation. From there we have ‘regular’ soil beds, raised beds and container gardening going on…as well as aquaponics and a healthy flock of farm fowl. We are blessed with a natural bounty from our typical PNW conifer forest, and are able to harvest fern fiddleheads, and a variety of berries all compliments of the natural environment on our place.