Check out Oregon Farm Loop in the news! There is always something new and different happening on the loops.


Grace Schipporeit: the Spark of Sunnyview Vegetable Farm  

By Jaysa Coons, OSU Extension Agritourism Communications Intern 
When Grace Schipporeit was young, she loved picking berries. She thought it was a great way to make a living and envisioned being a farmer, but it wasn’t until after she worked for the U.S. Government and New York Stock Exchange branch in Salem that Grace became a farmer.
Grace grew up in southeastern Washington, but has lived in Salem, Ore. most of her life. She met her husband of almost 50 years, Harold Schipporeit, in Woodburn, Ore. Together, they now own and operate a five-and-a-half-acre farm in Salem called Sunnyview Vegetable Farm. The couple have owned the property for over 40 years and began cultivating the vegetables about 10- to 12-years ago.
“It was a fun project,” said Grace. “My husband started it for our daughter and we just evolved from there. Now, I am also the owner and we have our year-round workers help us. It’s run by about three or four people.”
According to Grace, she and Harold are a great team and work very well together. Harold worked in marketing at NW Natural Gas Company for 25 years before he retired and started farming. Grace says he is a farmer at heart and is the one who gets the projects started.
Originally, the farm was a monocrop farm until the Schipporeits diversified to grow alfalfa, Christmas trees and clover. Today, Sunnyview Vegetable Farm is a produce farm with lots of variety to offer. They grow tomatoes, tomatillos, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, beans, cucumbers, artichokes, onions, beets, melons and lots of pumpkins. They tried growing sweet corn for the first time this year, as an experiment. In addition, hazelnut trees and Christmas trees are grown and harvested.
Grace really enjoys farming. She has made friends with those who come to the farm and takes pleasure in watching things grow. For Grace, farming is also a learning experience.
“I like watching things grow and learning the difference between pole beans and bush beans and how long it takes to grow a certain crop,” said Grace.
She finds it challenging to know when to plant crops and when they will be ready.
“You really have to know that. After October, nobody is really going to want a pumpkin so you have to be sure that they will be ready. You also have to know how many rows to plant and replant,” said Grace.
Sunnyview Vegetable Farm is very customer-oriented.
“We really like to have our customers come out and tell them about our crops and help them select what they need. We take orders and we do some wholesale, but we are pretty busy with retail right now,” said Grace.
Grace and Harold really like being on the Marion Farm Loop and find it beneficial to the farm.
“It’s been really helpful. People come out as they see us on the brochure and they ask for brochures. We try and help other farmers, too. It’s been a good cooperative effort and we like it,” said Grace.
Oregon State University Extension Service prohibits discrimination in all its programs, services, activities, and materials on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, genetic information, veteran’s status, reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.]]>

Meet Colleen Owen: The Urban Farmer from Pringle Creek Community

By Jaysa Coons, OSU Extension Agritourism Communications Intern
Pringle Creek Community is much more than a housing development. It is a community based on agriculture and calls itself an agrihood, where green homes are built. Thanks to Colleen Owen, an Urban Farmer, the community is able to produce organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey and make the harvest available for direct sales to the public.
Colleen started gardening about 11 years ago. Prior to working at Pringle Creek, she took an urban farmer class offered at the community center at Pringle Creek and was such an active gardener that she was invited to come and teach a class the next year. Colleen was hired at Pringle Creek in December of 2013.
“I would consider myself a farmer-gardener…my actual title is Urban Farmer because I’m growing farm products within city limits. We are very old-school and low-tech. There is not a lot of machinery as everything is done by hand. Planting is completed on our hands and knees. We have gone through and put  irrigation in beds to alleviate the amount of time we spend tending our plants and it also helps conserve water overall,” said Colleen.
Colleen works in the two historic Lord and Burnham greenhouses that were refurbished by Pringle Creek Community, and these greenhouses are now a resident amenity. In addition to the greenhouses, there are orchards, a blueberry patch, beehives and a chicken coop. An outdoor community garden composed of repurposed onion crates for beds exists, where community members can grow their own crops. Colleen also expanded to a lot across the street that will become a lavender field.
Colleen and her father made a farmstand that is stocked every morning with fresh vegetables. Dry produce like onions, garlic, homemade honey, soaps, salt blends and other things that can withstand the heat are also available on the stand. Since there is no refrigeration, produce like carrots and tomatoes are available upon request, and Colleen will go pick the vegetables fresh off the vine.
There are five bee-hives behind the greenhouses that produce honey. It is collected and jarred about 100 ft. away from the greenhouse. The chickens lay eggs that are usually sold to members within the community. Colleen also uses those eggs for planting and fertilization to improve the quality of the soil.
The greenhouses provide benefits to production of produce. On average, the houses stay about 20 degrees hotter than the outside temperature. Colleen grows produce in the houses year-round. This enables her to grow cauliflower, broccoli, kale, lettuces and other vegetables in the brassica family all winter long. Warm weather crops like eggplants and peppers love the heat and will grow larger and in greater quantity in a greenhouse, as long as there is adequate water. Produce that wilts easily is located in the second greenhouse which is shaded more than the other.
For everything that she grows, Colleen can tell you the source her materials, and what company she used.
“Everything is grown with organic practices. The way I deal with bugs is all organic. There’s never any issues about how something is grown. Because I order all the seeds, I know what I put into the soil, I can track everything from beginning to end and I know what’s in where,” said Colleen.
A lot of the time, the harvest is too big and gleaners are called in. They then donate everything out to different food security organizations like Marion-Polk Food Share.
The Sustainable Living Center is a non-profit that operates out of the community, and Colleen teaches urban farming classes that educate residents on practical growing information such as how to keep bugs off of your plants and how to grow tomatoes. The operation is also a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, and provides a bucket of fresh produce  almost every week to its members.
“I run a 25 share CSA that’s available for people who live in the community and those outside of it,” said Colleen.
The community is not your typical farm, nor is it located in a farming region, and that can sometimes confuse people. Colleen would like people to know that they are here.
“Sometimes people’s first question is, ‘what is this place?’ One of the things we get all the time [is] ‘I didn’t know this was here and I’ve lived in Salem forever!’ A lot of people don’t realize that we are here. We are a sustainable development, and we are open for people to come and enjoy the greenhouses as long as we are here and people are respectful,” said Colleen.
Pringle Creek Community is involved with the Salem community and children. Being located right behind Leslie Middle School, kids come down and have day camps. They engage with the chickens, pull weeds, tour through the greenhouses and have seeding events.
“We do community outreach things as well, to keep people engaged. Community is a big part of our mission,” said Colleen.
Colleen finds meeting people and seeing her plants grow the most rewarding part of farming.
“I feel accomplished when I plant some plants when they’re small and they start to grow, and I’m overwhelmed-in the best way possible-with all of the produce,” said Colleen. “I also like to engage with a lot of the people that come through here–take them on a tour to show them around and tell them who we are.”
The Pringle Creek Community agrihood is one of 25 stops on the Marion Farm Loop, which is part of Oregon Farm Loop. Connect to this farm stop through website MarionFarmLoop.com, Facebook, or Instagram, or email: farmloop@gmail.com and sign up for monthly e-newsletters by texting “ORFARMLOOP” to 22828. Oregon Farm Loop connects local family farms and value-added businesses with the local and traveling public and is a program of Oregon Agritourism Partnership (OAP), an Oregon nonprofit. OAP programs are made possible with the help of various partners, including local farms, OSU Extension Service and Travel Salem.
OSU Extension Service: Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Family and Community Health, 4-H Youth, Forestry and Natural Resources, Sea Grant, Open Campus and Outdoor School Programs. Oregon State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Oregon counties cooperating. The Extension Service offers its programs and materials equally to all people. //extension.oregonstate.edu/marion]]>

Agritourism Limited Liability Signs Now Available!

<![CDATA[Oregon Agritourism Partnership (OAP) President Evan Kruse (Kruse Farms – Roseburg) announces the availability of regulation agritourism limited liability signs. The signs were produced in compliance with Oregon’s Agritourism Limited Liability law SB 341 and Oregon Statutes. Signs may be ordered from Oregon Agritourism Partnership in person or online.
The signs make farm visitors aware they are entering an agritourism farm and activities at their own risk. By posting the signs in compliance with the state statutes, agritourism professionals are protected from most claims that involve “Inherent risks of agritourism activity,” meaning those dangers or conditions that are an integral part of an agritourism activity, including:
(a) Surface and subsurface conditions;
(b) Natural conditions of land, vegetation and waters;
(c) The behavior of wild or domestic animals;
(d) Ordinary dangers of structures or equipment ordinarily used in farming and ranching operations; and
(e) The potential of a participant to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to injury to the participant or others, including failing to follow instructions given by the agritourism professional or failing to exercise reasonable caution while engaging in the agritourism activity.
Agritourism professionals should post a regulation limited liability sign at the entrance to the agritourism site and at any location where an agritourism activity takes place.
The 24” x 30” signs are made from durable DiBond™, which may be easily screwed to a post, fence or side of a building. The signs were tested for one year in Oregon and should last five years or more without weather damage.
Signs may be purchased in person at the Oregon State University Extension Service, Marion County office, for $50 each, by dropping off a printable form at 1320 Capitol St NE, Suite #110 during regular business hours. Make checks payable to OAP.
Signs may be purchased online and shipped for $50 each plus shipping and handling. Large bulk orders of signs may be arranged.
OAP selected Garten Mail & Packaging Services to pack and ship the agritourism limited liability signs to farms, according to Bill Cameron (Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch – Marquam) who serves as OAP sign project chair. Garten is a non-profit established in 1970 to support and employ people with disabilities. “Garten complements the values of OAP, since it increases society’s awareness of human potential,” says Cameron.
Please direct questions to Mary Stewart or Victoria Binning at agritourism@oregonstate.edu and 503-588-5301.
Oregon Agritourism Partnership is a producer-driven Oregon nonprofit created to easily connect the traveling public with Oregon farms and natural resources; give access to fresh foods, plants, fiber and farm animals; and provide outdoors experiences for families.]]>

Farmeroo Day! Filled with Family Fun Along the Canby, Molalla, and Farmlandia Farm Loops


Wilsonville, ORE. (June 22, 2015) – Families looking for a unique out-of-the-city event will experience many new thrills on Sunday, July 5, along the Canby, Molalla and Farmlandia Farm Loops as they visit farms, nurseries and vineyards in close-by northern Willamette Valley. Each of the three farm loops has 20 or more stops along the route. There are farm animals to feed, alpacas to pet, u-pick or farm stand berries, vegetables and flowers to buy, miniature train rides, an Open Barn event with local farm food vendors, sheep sheering and live music, and even an Elk ranch tour with more than 80 elk. The day of fun-filled events gives both children and adults the opportunity to experience life on a farm and to learn about where and how their food is grown.

Visit www.oregonfarmloop.com for maps and stops along each of the three farm loops.

Here are a few examples of Farmeroo Day! events:

Canby Farm Loop

morning-shade-farmFlower Farmer: Miniature train rides around the farm with vegetables and flowers for sale.

Morning Shade: It’s a blueberry lover’s dream! Get the kids and grandma and u-Farm pick blueberries, raspberries, currants and boysenberries.

St. Josef’s Winery: Stop for tastings of St. Josef’s delicious wines and take a bottle home to enjoy later.

Molalla Country Farm Loop

sudan-farmSuDan Farms: Open Barn Day – tour of farm, and vendors with tastings of locally grown lamb and chicken, goat cheeses, chocolates and wines. See sheep shearing from 1-5pm and do some toe tappin’ to live music from 12-3pm.

Schmid Family Farm: Yum! Stop by the Schmid Family Farm and pick blueberries and marionberries. Make a pie later.

Rosse Posse Acres Elk Ranch: Call in advance to have a Sunday tour of the ranch’s 80+ elk and petting zoo animals of pygmy goats, donkeys, horse, chickens, Patagonian cavy and Tucker the wallaby. (503) 829-7107.

Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch: Walk through the pastures and experience the curious personalities of more than 80 alpacas and see the new crias (babies). Visit the Ranch Store after your tour.

Farmlandia Farm Loop

bosky-dell-nativesBarn Owl Nursery Herb & Lavender Farm: Find over 100 varieties of lavender here at the farm. Take a fragrant bundle home to enjoy and be sure to visit the gift shop filled with fragrance products and culinary teas, cookies and other treats.

Tollen Farm: Kids and adults alike will fall in love with the herd of Mediterranean donkeys, a flock of sheep and the fluffy llama. View the century-old farmhouse along with its gift shop of whimsical garden art and home décor.

Bosky Dell Natives: Learn how to be better stewards of the land when you visit this nursery filled with 300 species of native plants. Kids will have Fun looking for the red-legged frogs in the pond. Explore the Whimsical art, historical treasures, water features and restored Creek.

Sunday hours at some of the participating farm loop members’ facilities may vary. Remember to wear appropriate shoes for walking in pastures, farmyards, berry fields, or nurseries. Please leave your pets at home.

About Oregon Farm Loop

A farm loop connects people who cherish local farms via a scenic driving route to visitor-friendly farms and wineries, on‐farm festivals and dinners, and to outdoor recreation. Farm loops offer families opportunities to interact with farm animals; pick fruit, vegetables, and flowers; and explore farms, nurseries and vineyards while spending a day in the local countryside. One of Oregon Farm Loop’s goals is to educate the public about farming and to demonstrate the important role that  modern farming plays in today’s society, including helping people find an answer to the perennial consumer question, “where does my food come from?” Field & Vine’s “Dinners in  the Field” is a delicious and educational experience that  encourages tourism in Clackamas County, with dinner guests choosing to return to explore other attractions on Farm Loop routes. The Farm Loops closest to Portland include the Molalla Country Farm Loop and the Canby Area Farm Loop.

The Canby Farm Loop is sponsored by MARStewart Group, Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Oregon Farm Loop, Field & Vine Events, and Canby Area Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors of the Molalla Country Farm Loop include MARStewart Group, Molalla Communications, Field & Vine Events, Oregon Farm Loop, and Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs. Farmlandia Farm Loop is sponsored by MARStewart Group, Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Oregon Farm Loop, Bob’s Red Mill, West Linn Chamber of Commerce and City of Wilsonville Oregon.


The Relaxing and Healing Fragrance of Lavender is in the Air Along the Oregon Farm Loop During June and July Events

<![CDATA[Wilsonville, Ore. (June 12, 2015) – During late June and early July, the public is invited to visit five lavender farms found along Oregon Farm Loop routes. Each farm will feature unique events, field tours, and the opportunity to purchase fresh or dried lavender along with other lavender products. Participating farms include:
RavenCroft Lavender Farm (Canby Farm Loop) is hosting Open Farm events Sat-Sun June 20-21 and June 27-28 from 10a to 5p giving visitors the opportunity to stroll through the demonstration field learning tips for growing lavender or to enjoy a picnic with a fantastic view of the Willamette Valley. The Raven’s Nest Gift Shop is open during these weekends for lavender product gifts and culinary items. The farm will also host activities on Sat-Sun, July 11-12 during the statewide Oregon Lavender Festival. 503-759-6700, www.ravencroft.net, 14950 S Cinnamon Hill Lane, Mulino.
Barn Owl Nursery’s (Farmlandia Farm Loop) Lavender Days happening Fri-Sun, June 26-28 from 10a-5p features fresh cut and dried English lavender bouquets, and during the Oregon Lavender Farm Tour on Fri-Sun, July 10-12 from 10a to 5p fresh cut and dried French lavender bouquets will be offered. At both events you will find 100 varieties of Oregon grown lavender plants and herbs, culinary and fragrant lavender products, craft demonstrations, special vendors, information on growing and using lavender, and more. 503-638-0387, www.barnowlnursery.com, 22999 SW Newland Road, Wilsonville.
Lavender Thyme Herb Farm (Canby Farm Loop) invites visitors to come, run away to the country and connect with nature at the Oregon Lavender Festival Sat-Sun, July 11-12 from 10a-5p. Guests can tour the Native American Medicine Wheel garden planted with NW native plants and herbs while they relax and breathe! Discover handcrafted treasures, art, lavender essential oil, fresh and dried flowers, culinary herbs and plants along with everything lavender to soothe the body and soul. 503-651-2496, www.lavenderthymeherbfarm.com, 32530 S Needy Road, Canby.
kush-hillKush Hill Farm (Canby Farm Loop) will host tours of its lavender field with its five varieties during the Oregon Lavender Festival, Sat, July 11 from 10a-5p and Sun, July 12 from 10a-4p. Their country farm store is filled with fragrant handmade lavender soaps and hand and body lotions along with lavender infused honey and alpaca woolen products. Guests can make their own lavender wreath during wreath making demonstrations. Freshly cut lavender bundles are available for purchase. Visitors will also enjoy the farm’s herd of grazing alpacas. 503-750-0544, www.kushhillfarm.com, 24282 S Central Point Road, Canby.
The Meadow of Lavender (Molalla Farm Loop) is in full bloom during the Oregon Lavender Festival, Sat-Sun, July 11-12 from 9a to 5p, where visitors will see the beauty of the lavender harvest and the drying and distillation process of pure lavender oil. In addition to enjoying the meditative walk in the lavender labyrinth, they can learn about healing herbs while strolling in the medicine wheel. Dried or fresh cut lavender is available, or cut your own bouquet choosing from more than 25 varieties. The Meadow of Lavender’s farm store is filled with gifts for home, garden, body, health care, pets, kitchen and culinary delights. 503-881-2371, www.meadowoflavender.com, 30939 S Oswalt Road, Colton.
Directional maps to the lavender farms can be downloaded at www.farmlandiafarmloop.com, www.canbyfarmloop.com, and www.molallafarmloop.com.
When visiting the lavender farms, visitors can make it a full day of Farm Loopin’! Each of the three farm loops has over 20 farms or agritourism-related stops including vegetable stands, u-pick/we-pick berries and fruit, nurseries, wineries alpaca and elk farms, and more.]]>

Contact Information

Oregon Farm Loop
P.O. Box 1153

Farm Etiquette

  1. Call farm or check farm website before visit to confirm the day’s schedule.
  2. Read and obey signs.
  3. Supervise children.
  4. Ask before taking pets out of car.
  5. Stay out of building and off equipment.
  6. Be careful not to step on crops.
  7. Enter at your own risk.