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47th Avenue Farm- Farmer to Farmer Profile

publication date: Apr 1, 2019
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When my speaking spot at the Oregon Small Farms conference was confirmed, I asked a farmer buddy, “If I can visit only one farm while in Western Oregon, where should I go?” Without hesitation, he told me to go see Laura Masterson’s farm. Luckily for me, Laura agreed to my timing, and told me to meet her at the Grand Island location of 47th Avenue Farm.

On the appointed day, I drove my rental car down the state road from Portland, south towards Salem, OR. I was in the Willamette Valley, which is renowned for its agricultural production. The valley is skinny enough that you can see the Coast Range on one side and the Cascades on the other. Crops grown in the valley include: hazelnuts, grapes, tree fruit, blueberries and hops, all interspersed with the traditional crop of grass seed (annual ryegrass and other lawn grasses). There are at least 50 wineries as I wind my way down the 40 miles to my destination.

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