The incredible diversity of crops on the Gales Meadow Farm is pollen heaven! Owners and Operators regularly host Rogue Farm Corps interns and students, and participate in University-based research including dry farming, the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Coalition, and the Culinary Breeding Network
This 92 acre farm in the Willamette Valley boasts a wealth of natural resources including a native oak savanna habitat, natural drainage, and a pond. Since 2010 the family of 6 has been slowly transitioning the farm to organic production, utilizing green manures and cover cropping to increase the soil structure and fertility.
Haueter's Bogs is surrounded on all sides by the native plants providing the bees of the area with even more resources. The farm is also home to a number of honey bee hives every year during cranberry bloom. The large flush of cranberry bloom the farm provides from June–July is a particularly important source of pollen and nectar for bumble bees. Haueter's Bogs supports such a high abundance of bumble bees that nearly all of the outbuilding on the property house a bumble bee nest.
La Creole Orchards is a young 10 acre olive orchard with an owner who is passionate about his trade and his desire to create a commercially viable olive oil Industry in the Pacific Northwest. It uses state-of-the-art water efficiency system for summer irrigation and actively supports research at Oregon State University to identify cold-hardy olive varieties for this region.
The O'Loughlin Farms and garden is a private research station tracking onsite precipitation, testing slug biocontrol, and studying beetle predation and Northwestern garter and ringneck populations. It features long corridors of flowering tree species, flowering hedgerows, and blooming weeds along the field margins. Swatches of clover and phacelia and the large home garden, the “independence pollinator garden” makes for excellent habitat for all kinds of wildlife.
Ridgeline Meadows Farm is a small-scale certified organic farm is just as much an experimental farm as it is a production farm. Andrew Schwarz is part of a Dry Farm Collaborative through Oregon State University which is made up of 30 active farmers that are trialing this technique to conserve soil moisture instead of depending on irrigation.