A Productive Farm in Balance with the Earth, Humanity and Ourselves.
Winter Green Farm is owned by three farm families. Jack Gray and Mary Jo Wade started Winter Green Farm in 1980, and were joined in 1985 by Wali and Jabrila Via. Long-time employees Chris and Shannon Overbaugh joined ownership in 2009. Over the years, many of our workers have remained with us for 4 to 10+ years. Their contributions, along with shorter-term workers have made the farm what it is. During the peak of the season there are as many as 35 people on our payroll.
We embrace biodynamic farming methods, viewing our farm as a living organism. This means we strive to create a healthy farm ecosystem. The vast majority of our fertility is produced on-farm. We view this as one sign of a farm in biological balance. The backbone of our fertility program is farm-made well-ripened compost, green manure crops, careful crop rotation, and pasturage of our grazing stock. We feel the health of our farm is reflected in the quality of our crops.
We own and lease 170 acres hosting a wide diversity of crops. About 20 acres are devoted to mixed vegetables and berries for our Community Farm (CSA) and farmers’ markets. We grow between 2 and 3 acres each of basil, for our pesto business, and burdock, (gobo) for wholesale accounts. About 90 acres is dedicated to our cattle for pasture, hay, and balage. The remaining acres are oak groves, riparian areas, and wetlands for wildlife habitat.
We have developed a close link with our local food bank, and through the combined effort from our labor, and donations from the community, we provide thousands of pounds of produce to those in need. Some of this food is distributed as memberships in our Community Farm for women and their children who are in the process of healing from abusive partner relationships.
Winter Green Farm hosts many field trips from pre-school to graduate students. We are also frequent speakers at a variety of conferences.
Sharing our farm with the wider community is important to us.
In 2002 Winter Green Farm was honored with the Oregon Tilth “Producer of the Year Award” for commitment to integrity in biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture. In 2009 we were awarded the Crop Farm Award for Excellence from the Oregon Organic Coalition.
Thank you for your interest in our farm!
THE WINTER GREEN FARMERS—
Jack, Mary Jo, Wali, Jabrila, Chris, and Shannon