gales meadow farm
Gales Meadow farm in Gales Creek is one part heirloom farmers market, one part teaching laboratory, and one part wonderland. They 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.
Over 300 varieties of vegetables and herbs
Farmers markets in the Portland area and restaurants
Gales Creek, Oregon
Rene’ and Anne Berblinger
meet the farmers
Owners and Operators Rene’ and Anne Berblinger and have turned their property into a farm and classroom, regularly hosting interns and students, and conducting field trials using dry land farming techniques and searching for new tastes and colors.
At the Gales Meadow Farm you will always be welcomed by a smile from owners Rene’ and Anne Berblinger. They are passionate bee friendly farmers, as well as educators. Spanning ducks, squash, and students their farm is truly a thriving ecosystem.
what are they doing for bees?
The incredible diversity of crops on the Gales Meadow Farm is pollen heaven! The bees can become so covered in pollen they will stumble out of squash flowers and fall over–pollen drunk and happy in the sunshine. The weedy unkempt appearance is actually “trap crop,” intentionally placed to pull pests away from the crops, just one example of a unique technique to take care of the land. With a commitment to maintaining and improving biodiversity, both the managed and wild bees are well provided for on the farm and in surrounding riparian areas.
The sheer crop diversity of the farm supports a wide array of native and managed bees, with a particularly high abundance of bumblebees enjoying the many late season tomatoes, squash, and melon produced on the farm.
Gales Meadow farm has over 9 acres of certified Organic field crops and produces over 300 varieties of beautiful vegetables and herbs.