She who wants to leap high must take a long run.
— Danish proverb
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I should probably have named it 'mid-life crisis' farm...

but I stole the name "Long Run' from my grandfather's farm in N. Central Kentucky.  That farm was named after a year round creek that had no name, but traversed two counties-locally a creek was known as a 'run'-this was a long one-so that's what the locals called it. That farm is still in the family, but now called something else. We have a creek too, but it, like our farm, is much smaller (Short Run Farm just didn't have the same je ne sais quoi)....

I could blame it on the bees, or my love of growing things, or the horses I had as a kid, but when I started facing down 40 I realized if I was going to live this dream of having my own farm, it was now or never.  It took a long run to get here, but I quit my job, my husband and I sold the house in Portland and we have happily landed on ten acres in Oregon's wine country where I keep rabbits, chickens, ducks, dogs, honeybees, a BLM mustang...and a BIG garden.

In the city I always had a vegetable garden, and fruit trees, and then I started keeping honeybees. The fact that honeybees travel up to 3 miles to forage, and are particularly susceptible to pesticides and herbicides made me hyper aware of what I and my neighbors use on our lawns and gardens.  For the bees, and for all of us, I wanted to take a piece of Oregon and make it as healthy, productive and diverse as I could. I wanted access to the freshest, most nutritious, chemical and GMO free food I could find or grow, and I wanted to make that accessible to my community as well. Finally, I wanted a gathering place for my community, and reasons for my community to gather.

Stewarding this lovely piece of land is a dream come true-and sharing the bounty of the farm with others feeds my soul! I use only non GMO and organic seed and use better than organic low-till practices on the farm.  We had a vegetable CSA from 2014-2017, but are currently rebooting our farm model. 

Our Farm Crew

  The Farmer and the Fisherman   Laura is the farmer, but Dear Husband also puts his shoulder to the wheel around the farm building and maintaining infrastructure, digging post holes, mowing, building fences, cutting firewood...the list is long.  If it wasn't for this guy the buildings would fall down, none of the equipment would run and the blackberries would take over.  But really, he'd rather be fishing. Love you honey!

The Farmer and the Fisherman

Laura is the farmer, but Dear Husband also puts his shoulder to the wheel around the farm building and maintaining infrastructure, digging post holes, mowing, building fences, cutting firewood...the list is long.  If it wasn't for this guy the buildings would fall down, none of the equipment would run and the blackberries would take over.  But really, he'd rather be fishing. Love you honey!

  Sancho Panza   The real leader of the pack around here-Sancho is excellent help with all farm chores, from seeding up to planting out to harvesting, he is fine company and Supervisor of All Works.  Known as The Handsomest and King of Dogs he makes all farm visitors welcome (especially the ladies), shares his fur with everyone, and even has been known to help small children eat their barbecue. 

Sancho Panza

The real leader of the pack around here-Sancho is excellent help with all farm chores, from seeding up to planting out to harvesting, he is fine company and Supervisor of All Works.  Known as The Handsomest and King of Dogs he makes all farm visitors welcome (especially the ladies), shares his fur with everyone, and even has been known to help small children eat their barbecue. 

  Katy Did   The ultimate team player, Katy is a constant ray of sunshine around the farm.  Although not a morning dog, she always wakes up on the sunny side of the dog bed, and has the wiggle to prove it.  Also known as Lilly the Stone Cold Killer, Katy is an excellent ratter and gopher slayer, and we've pulled porcupine quills out of her nose more than once!  Katy loves a long walk on the beach, and then a swim! Barooo!

Katy Did

The ultimate team player, Katy is a constant ray of sunshine around the farm.  Although not a morning dog, she always wakes up on the sunny side of the dog bed, and has the wiggle to prove it.  Also known as Lilly the Stone Cold Killer, Katy is an excellent ratter and gopher slayer, and we've pulled porcupine quills out of her nose more than once!  Katy loves a long walk on the beach, and then a swim! Barooo!

  Osprey the BLM Mustang   Osprey lived the first 6 years of her life in Eastern Oregon with a band of wild horses before she was rounded up and gentled. She has come a long way from those wild days, and wears many hats on the farm.  Her specialties are field mowing, fertility management, and farmer stress reduction.  Osprey also like to go the the beach, and wine tasting with other horses. But really, she is a unicorn in disguise.

Osprey the BLM Mustang

Osprey lived the first 6 years of her life in Eastern Oregon with a band of wild horses before she was rounded up and gentled. She has come a long way from those wild days, and wears many hats on the farm.  Her specialties are field mowing, fertility management, and farmer stress reduction.  Osprey also like to go the the beach, and wine tasting with other horses. But really, she is a unicorn in disguise.