Oregon Pasture Network Member Since 2017
Location: Gaston, Oregon, USA [Google Map]
Acreage: 6-25 acres in animal production
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In 2006 we moved to Oregon from Napa, where Brian had been working in wine for ten years. We bought property in the Willamette Valley (about an hour outside of Portland). We named our farm and winery after our goal to provide a gracious and welcoming table for ourselves and friends, with a cornucopia of hand-crafted food and wine. And now, just over ten years after we took the leap, we have developed this land into a working farm and built a barn and winery. We feel lucky to live here. We own and manage 70 acres, we make wine, raise animals and produce seasonal vegetables. If you visit us, you’ll find free-range hens, pasture-raised pigs and grass-fed cows. We are working towards building a managed intensive grazing system of farming that builds our soil, sequesters carbon, and moves us towards a healthy, sustainable and diverse farm. Clare is also a beekeeper, (mason and honey bees) And works her team of draft horses on the farm. Although we sell meat and eggs to a few dedicated customers, we are not taking new customers at this time.

Production Practices

We only inoculate for tetanus (3way to the baby cows at castration), other than that I do not use antibiotics or profolatic wormers on my animals (we have a closed herd) – I manage parasites primarily with pasture rotation. We move our cows about every 2 weeks and they are in deep bedding in the winter. Meat chickens (50 per year) moved daily, pigs moved to new pasture every 2 months.

Grazing, Pasture and Nutrient Management Practices

Cows – in barn Dec – March – then out 24/7 with some turn out during the winter about 1 day per week but only a 1/2 day so they don’t damage pasture.

Horses – in barn at night and in winter on very wet days

Pigs – on pasture there whole lives – have a mobile house

Layers – on pasture there whole lives – have a mobile house

Meat Chickens – on pasture there whole lives – have a mobile house bees – fly where ever they want : )

We practice rotational grazing with solar portable e-fencing (ribbon style and netting (for chickens).

Environmental Conservation

We have woods and hedgerow and lots of wild birds – bird houses, owl houses, raptor, etc. We have also planted lots of native trees and native plants in hedge row and around farm.


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