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Fresh from our fields to you.

Abundant Fields Farm is a petite farm located east of Portland in the small community of Orient, Oregon. We utilize sustainable and organic farming practices to bring fresh vegetables from our fields to you. The mission of Abundant Fields Farm is to provide fresh, organic, high quality produce grown and harvested utilizing sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Our vision is to develop into a viable contributor to the local economy and food movement by selling at local farmers markets, small gourmet restaurants and health food stores in the area.

We still stick with our original tag line from our first season growing for market, which is "Big Flavor ~ Tiny Farm".

For the 2013 season, we started our participation in the Headwater Incubator Program, provided by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. The season was a great success, and we are looking forward to 2014, by adding an additional farmers market, providing produce to the Organic Sandy produce market, and serving an array of other outlets.

Growing Practices

Here at Abundant Fields Farm, we use organic growing practices, because it just makes sense. I constantly get asked if we are "Certified Organic", and I always respond that we do grow organically, but are not certified due to the high cost to become certified. Realizing this is important to some people, I wanted to have some sort of assurance that we do follow the 'rules' for organic growing on our small farm. An alternative to Certified Organic is Certified Naturally Grown, which basically mirrors the guidelines for Certified Organic, but at a fraction of the cost. It was put in place so the small farm operations that do grow 'organically' can provide the accountability, records and certification that customers are looking for.

So, with that said, I am proud to announce that our application to become Certified Naturally Grown has been approved and we will be providing our fresh produce with a certified 'label' starting in the 2014 season.

Here is the CNG website for more information about who they are and what they provide.
 

The New High Tunnel

Sept. 16, 2013 ~

Just had the material delivered for out new 30' x 96' high tunnel and will start the build out soon. Stay tuned for pictures and updates, as well as the progression of crops we will be growing inside the high tunnel through out the fall and early winter!

Oct. 2

Got the holes dug for the legs of the high tunnel. Rented a hydraulic auger, which made digging the 48 holes a breeze! Next phase is setting all the legs and cementing them in. We will be using a couple laser levels to get the right angles set properly and all the legs level.

Oct. 16th.

South side footing sleeves cemented in place and half way done with the north side. Should be done with the sleeves by end of the week. Next comes base boards and the bows. It will start taking shape once the bows get in place.

Oct. 22nd - October 30th.

Started assembling the bows and putting them in place on Tuesday, 10/22. It took two of us about 6 days to complete construction, and one final day to pull the plastic. (I'm beat!)

Many lessons learned (again) putting this up. It seems that each time I'm involved with one of these I learn something new to apply to the next one. I could not have done this without the help of my father-in-law, Dale Hauff, along with all the other people that chipped in: Rowan Steele, Brad Crowley, Dennis and Claudia Ringler, Pam Hauff, my wife Heather and my son Brenner, who was constantly giving his approval.

The material for the high tunnel Rowan and Aaron checking out the hydraulic auger and wondering why they didn't use that on the prop house! ;-) Diggin' it!! First leg cemented in place. Rowan mixing up the cement South side footing sleeves in place Foggy morning Bows are up and boards installed. East end wall. Plastic got pulled on a clear, but cool morning. Straightening out the plastic Getting ready to start the wiggle wire (my hands were so sore after doing that all day!) South wall Got one of the roll up sides installed. Will do the other in the spring. All done! Very happy to be finished! Bradford declaring "Behold! Tis completed!"

Volunteer....?

Abundant Fields Farm is a small farm....however, even a small farm can be a challenge for just one lone farmer. If you have any interest in assisting in any way, I would love the help. It may not be glamorous work, but if you like getting your hands dirty, you are more than welcome to come to the farm and help out. I could always use help harvesting, and there is an endless supply of weeds that need to be put in their place!! As the season progresses, and more bounty is ripe for the pickin', there is always room for an extra set of hands!

I can't offer much in the way of compensation, other than any fresh produce that is ready to harvest.

If this interests you, please contact me either via email (see "Contact Us") or you can call me directly at 503-502-8958. Hope to hear from you soon!

Farmer Rick

Solarization Project

The Xerces Society is doing a solarization trial on the farm this year. Soil solarization is a practice used to manage weeds, nematodes, diseases, and insects in soil. For site prep, a strip of soil 15' x 150' was tilled three times over a 6 weeks period. This week, we installed temperature data loggers and a 6 mil plastic film (greenhouse film) over the area and 'sealed' the edges. After a period of time, the area will be ready for replanting with native pollinators.

We will also be installing a beetle bank to create a habitat for beneficial insects, as well as insectary strips to attract more pollinators and/or deter unwanted predatory or destructive pests and insects.

Installing Solarization strip

One of the data loggers randomly placed along the strip. Getting ready to roll out the plastic. All rolled out and starting to 'seal' the edges with dirt around the perimeter. Rowan finishing up on one side. October 10th, the plastic is coming off. Mixing up the seed for the spreader. Preparing the area for seeding. The entire area is being seeded with native pollinator species plants.

The Propagation Hoop House

Rowan prepping the inflation fan Skeleton 96 ft long by 20 ft wide Poly laid out ready to be pulled over Part of the crew getting ready to make the pull. Got it covered! It's hot in there!!!