Sustainability has many definitions. On this page we will attempt to explain what it means to us in both concept and
For us, we do not simply think of sustainability in terms of farming
practices. We believe that it is a way of life. It is a method
by which we strive to reduce our impact on the environment around us, to
minimize our product consumption, and to continually work to find balance
between ourselves and our environment. It is a process of learning, fine
tuning, and evaluating all aspects of our lives.
As applied to our farming practices, it includes working to find the
balance between what we harvest (the bounty we take from our
soils) with what we put into the process. That is,
following the principles of nature to produce food without
depleting or polluting our farm.
example, we are hardcore
composters and use only
healthy, safe, organic soil amendments (produced on our farm or locally when possible). We use (a lot) of human
power (we plant, water, weed, and harvest by hand) and keep
our use of fossil fuel powered equipment to a bare minimum.
we have not yet been able to cost justify installing solar and
wind power generation here on the farm, in 2015, we made the
decision to purchase all of our electrical power, for home, farm
and business, from 100% renewable energy sources. Although this
energy does come at a premium price, it fits well with our
philosophies. You can learn more about the "Green Source" option
from Portland General Electric by
As individuals and consumers, we try and buy locally to support the local economy. We
do not shop at the "MegaloMart" type stores that serve up 100% imported garbage. We are
also strong supporters of
recycling but stronger believers in repurposing and reusing.
You do not have to live on a farm to strive for living a sustainable lifestyle. It is simply a conscious decision you must make to minimize your impact on the
environment that we all share.
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