Circle h Farm is a family owned and operated organic farm located on Lost Creek, near Dexter, in the Southern Willamette Valley. Run by a brother and sister team, the Circle h name comes from our great-grandparents who owned the land the farm is on. They used a circle h brand on their cattle. We are privileged to be one of the passing generations to enjoy this beautiful land. 2019 is the 11th year selling vegetables, fruits, and herbs through our CSA, farmers markets, and wholesale accounts. One of our greatest pleasures is providing satisfying, healthy work in a rural community.
For us, being Certified Organic means:
Growing a diversity of crops and practicing crop rotation to ensure our soils stay healthy and help keep the pests in balance.
Using natural systems like nitrogen fixation, native pollinators, and natural pest controls like birds and predatory insects.
Making our own compost to promote biologically diverse soils and grow nutrient-dense food. In our case we use goat manure from a local, organic goat dairy. This means we spend a lot of time moving manure and turning compost but we strive for closed-loop systems as much as possible.
Buying organic seeds.
Farming for future generations by controlling compaction and erosion on our ground and decreasing carbon inputs for the health of the global environment.
We use soil blocking, popularized by Eliot Coleman, which “air trims” the roots and reduces transplant shock. Joel came up with a much easier design and this has allowed our farm to use even less plastic!
Field operations are off the electric grid
Our irrigation system uses solar panels to pump water to a tank at the highest point on the farm. From there it is distributed by gravity to the plants in the field.
We use an earthen root cellar to keep produce cool after it is harvested - no electricity needed!
We use a thermosyphon to heat the table under our germinating seeds and young seedlings. This means no electricity needed to circulate the warm water that keeps our starts safe from spring frosts.