Blue Moose Farm, located in the heart of the mid-Willamette Valley, is a 14.2 acre diversified family farm which raises Market Garden food crops in addition to some heritage livestock. We practice sustainable and regenerative farming techniques, and following guidelines for organic production, use no synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. We manage the farm without the intrusion of large, agricultural equipment, or much in the way of fossil fuels. We own a small two-wheel BCS walking tractor, a small riding mower and a Kawasaki mule. Rather modest entrants in the era of industrial agriculture.
Our guiding principle, for growing fruits and vegetables is that healthy soil makes for healthy plants. Lots of organic matter, minimal tillage and keeping cover crops on our beds nearly year round help us get there. We grow food in the manner of traditional market gardeners, primarily with hand tools, some of them fairly sophisticated. We use the bio-intensive method of planting, modeled after French traditions, and enjoy high volumes of produce per square foot. We follow organic practices and have recently been Certified Organic.
What do we grow? Think of Mr. McGregor’s garden - asparagus, beans, beets, carrots, lettuces, onions, peas, radishes, tomatoes, zucchini etc.…with a nod to some vegetables not in fashion then, like Asian greens. There is a beautiful, very old walnut grove on the property as well as numerous old fruit trees and grape vines.
The animals we have raised include sheep, pigs, turkeys, and chickens on pasture, focusing on heritage breeds listed on the Conservation Priority List by the Livestock Conservancy.
Meet the Farmers
Mike and Lacy Gage, established Blue Moose Farm as a way to make a small, but positive difference for the environment and the way food is produced. Mike was the driving force of the project, which he conceived during a brief attempt at retirement. Lacy has enjoyed a life long involvement with growing and cooking and is the organized part of the equation.