Salmon Brook Farms took root in December of 2003 when Rick and Lavinia Ross arrived from Connecticut to take ownership of the property.  Our 4.25 acres located in the Cascade foothills came pre-planted with apples, blueberries, cherries plums, pears, grapes, persimmons and hazelnuts, and presented plenty of work for us.  A hive of bees and roughly an 1/8th of an acre of pinot noir was added in the spring 2004, and we began the slow process learning how to work with the climate and soils and our own limitations.  Deer fencing was implemented around the garden and the pinot not long afterwards! The farm is a continual work in progress.

The story of our journey west to our farm in Oregon was published in the January, 2007 edition of Countryside and Small Stock Journal. See the article “Oregon bound! In search of a small farm we could call our own”.


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  1. glad to have come across your awesome blog, Mrs Ross… it seems to me that you’re living in an earthly heaven: wonderful countryside, cats, grapes, bluberries… que désire le peuple?… 🙂 my very best, lots of inspiration and friendly thoughts from Toulouse, France, “old Europe”… respectful regards, Mélanie


    • Thanks for stopping by, Mélanie! Rick and I visited Provence back in 2000, the only part of your country I have had the pleasure of visiting so far. The area was beautiful, the food and wine were outstanding, and the hospitality made us feel right at home. Someday we may be able to travel again, and see more of your beautiful country.

      Thank you for your kind comments on our blog site. We post once a month, generally within the first 2 weeks.


  2. Hello Lavinia, I just dropped in to thank you for the like on my post on the Lake Boga Flying Boat museum. Your feedback was greatly appreciated. Your cats look delightful. I have never recovered from having to euthanise my Siamese twenty years ago. I could never bring myself to own another pet. So sad. GG

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Gwendoline! My father was a WWII vet over in the Pacific theatre, and I have been enjoying the history GPCOX posts, as well as the guest blogs such as yours, over on his Pacific Paratrooper site.

      It is very difficult to have an old friend like that euthanized. I’ve had many animal companions over my life, and know this part of the cycle all too well. Hopefully you will heal enough over time to adopt another someday. By filling the void in your own heart, you will honor your old companion and give hope and a new life to another in need.


  3. Hello fellow Oregonians. Thanks so much for the visit and follow, and how fun to find a neighbor. I loved learning about your farm and farm practices. We also moved from New England after having spent quite a number of years in CT and VT. The weather takes something to get used to but it’s a great place to live. Stay cool, happy growing, and keep making music. 😀

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