This field day will begin with a 90-minute scenic drive along the majestic Columbia River Gorge and up into the foothills to reach Mt. Hood Organic Farms, which was the first commercial orchard to be certified organic in Oregon, and is also Demeter certified Biodynamic®. Brady and John Jacobson manage 50 acres of orchards with 87 varieties of apples, pears, and quince on the farm's 205-acre property with stunning landscapes of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier. The 70 varieties of apples are grown on dwarfing root stocks and planted 3 feet apart in a tall slender spindle trellised system. Compost teas and biodynamic preparations are regularly used to aid in the health of the orchard. After lunch, we will return to the Gorge to visit Analemma, Kris Fade and Steven Thompson's 52-acre Biodynamic farm, which includes mature cherry orchards, recently planted vineyards, and pasture, as well as an on-site winery.
On-farm lunch and bus transportation are included in the registration fee.
Much of this event will take place outdoors, rain or shine. Please dress for inclement weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Space is limited and we expect this event to sell out early.