Wild everlasting farm & Honey

Founded in 2017 by Fonta and Matthew Molyneaux and nestled against the Cascade Mountains in Dorena, Wild Everlasting Farm has been making a positive impact across their community in regards to pollinators. Whether it is educating their community on the benefits of bees, or creating habitat for native pollinators, the Molyneauxs are doing a lot to help protect species native to Oregon. They also have been restoring land not used for farming back to its natural form.

Crops

Herbs, heritage garlic, nursery plants, honey and other bee products, fruit and livestock

Farmers Markets/Retailers

Farmers market, direct sales, and wholesale

Location

Dorena, Oregon

Established in

2017

Owned by

Fonta and Matthew Molyneaux

The plot pictured contains various herbs and vegetables.

The plot pictured contains various herbs and vegetables.

WHAT ARE THEY DOING FOR BEES?

The Molyneauxs incorporate a variety of methods to help pollinators. Basic practices implemented include planting pollinator-friendly raised flower beds, creating habitat by leaving fields small, planting cover crops, and not using chemicals for pest control. The farm has also helped bees by allowing lands not used for farming to once again become wild. For example, they have replanted trees that were harvested in 1992.

Many people think “What can bees do for us?” However, we ask, “What can we do for them?”

Many people think “What can bees do for us?” However, we ask, “What can we do for them?”

Fonta runs a beekeeping school at the community center in Cottage Grove. Here, she has the ability to teach other interested people how to provide forage and habitat for pollinators. She also brings the class to the farm, where students can get hands-on experience with pollinators. In the future they hope to build a small school on their property.

Lastly, they recently planted several hundred fruit trees which will bring large amounts of forage to pollinators. In the next few years Matthew plans on planting more berry plants to increase biodiversity as well as forage.

Matthew checking soil for insects in his fields.

Matthew checking soil for insects in his fields.

meet the farmers

The Molyneaux family has been farming since 2007. Starting on a small five-acre farm, they recently moved to their current 30-acre farm in 2017. Today, Fonta enjoys teaching people how to work with pollinators for a mutual benefit of all. Her husband Matthew has recently taken an interest in grafting trees such as apples, and pears. Overall, the Molyneaux want their farm to be a place where people interested in bees or agriculture can come to learn and grow.

The Molyneaux family

The Molyneaux family