Ruby and Amber’s Farm is a small diverse market farm nestled in the beautiful Row River Valley in Dorena, Oregon. Established in 1999, Walt and Kris named the farm in honor of their first team of draft horses, Ruby and Amber, who contribute much of the power for plowing and other tillage on the farm. We now power the farm with eight powerful and beautiful draft horses of different breeds, in addition to our people and tractor power. As we have grown, we have discovered our farm's individuality and appropriate scale. From our production zones, within our 70 acre Certified Organic and Certified Biodynamic Farm, rich in diversity, we produce high quality, nutritious, and tasty food, available for you to bring home.
Our farm mission is to produce high quality fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, eggs, and flowers for our customers and community while adhering to the following values:
- 'Closed Loop' fertility
- Soil and Water Conservation
- Low impact farming
- Minimal use of petroleum products
- Maximize the use of live power- people, draft horses
- Minimize erosion
- Foster community
- Economic viability for our farm employees
- Education of future farmers
- Foster and preserve native species, pollinators, and wildlife
- Preservation of heirloom varieties
The key to producing nutrient dense food on our farm is nurturing the soil. We view our soil as a living, breathing organism, that supports healthy plants, animals, and people. We manage our production areas carefully with appropriate tillage, using draft power for many of the tasks. Our fields are planted with diverse rotations of vegetables, legumes, grasses and fallow areas, allowing the soil to rest, rejuvenate, and stabilize. The livestock within our farm system are our main source of fertility, and act as the backbone to our on-farm composting system. We never import outside manures for our compost. We have found that our farm organism, soil, and compost is enhanced using the biodynamic preparations & it is evident in our final product's flavor, quality, and storage-ability. The farm became Demeter biodynamic certified in 2007. To learn more visit our RESOURCES page.
THE FARM ECOSYSTEM
The forests and riparian zones that are part of our farm are an essential piece, as they provide habitat for beneficial insects, plants and animals. We place the highest priority on earth stewardship and are proud that our farming systems are low impact on our planet's environment. We protect our soil and water from waste and erosion, maximize our production from the smallest possible land base use, protect and provide for pollinators such as bees and insects, promote a wide variety of native species of raptors, birds, and other animals, and leave significant borderlands of our farm unaltered to provide many trees and understory as wild lands for native habitat. All of these pieces, help us achieve the balanced ecosystem, that supports a healthy farm, that provides nutritious food.