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”.