We recently celebrated our 13th anniversary of farming in the Willamette Valley. In that time, we have raised and cared for thousands of animals, watched our children grow, and provided a place for our colleagues to work and interns to live as together we all learned the ins and outs of pasture-based farming. In an effort to support our local food community and be a resource to the aspiring generations of regenerative farmers, we intend to make no compromises in practicing and teaching what we believe to be the necessary future of farming. The journey has surprised and humbled us, we have triumphed and been defeated; but the joys of our labor reward us every day, reminding us why we love to do what we do.
Our farm operation is varied and involved. Our enterprises include management intensive grazing, milking, livestock handling and birthing, haying, meat processing, building projects, and general farm maintenance. Our conservation initiatives have included wetland, riparian, and forest restoration projects.
We sell pasture-raised pork, pasture-raised chickens, organic eggs from pastured hens, organic grassfed beef, spring lamb, and, to a lesser degree, turkeys, walnuts, apples, and honey. We also offer a cooperative for our raw milk dairy products through our buying club called The Creamy Cow cooperative. Our commitment to you is to raise the healthiest, happiest animals possible and we believe that these animals will in turn provide you with nutritious and uniquely delicious products.
At Deck Family Farm, we take a long-term approach developing a sustainable livestock operation. We intend to improve the health of the land that houses and surrounds the farm, which will in turn produce a greater bounty and allow us to work in closer tandem with nature. The farm does not use herbicides, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or synthetic nitrogen fertilizers. Instead, we generate soil fertility through the natural cycles of composting, grazing management, and seeding a variety of grasses. We aspire to create a model that can be replicated and that does not harm the planet in ways that are associated with industrial, mono-cropped systems of agriculture.
Deck Family Farm is situated on 320 acres within the Willamette Valley of Oregon, just 25 miles northwest of Eugene. An aerial view of Deck Family Farm, taken from Google Earth, shows some of our varied topography, including mixed-conifer forest, 3 creeks, and seasonal wetlands. The inset image shows our regional location, in the Willamette Valley and flanking the coastal range. We are a short drive to both the coast and the Cascades.