June 18, 2019 | By Sylke | 2 Comments

Sustainable Farm Tour of Tualatin Valley

Green. Sustainable. Eco-friendly. Whatever you want to call it, the act of farming responsibly has been in the news a lot lately. Here in Tualatin Valley, our farmers care about the land and the environment and have taken steps to ensure that their farming practices don’t impact the earth negatively. (NOTE: This is just a quick sample of sustainable agriculture in Tualatin Valley and does not represent all sustainable farms and vineyards in the region.)

Smith Berry Barn in Hillsboro in Oregon's Tualatin ValleySmith Berry Barn in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley

Farms and U-Pick

Blooming Junction Farm and Garden specializes in sustainably grown produce, utilizing organic growing practices and water conservation methods to grow its variety of berry fields, nursery stock and other crops.

Dairy Creek Farm and Produce practices natural, organic techniques on its small farm, which includes the use of an aquaponic system, which helps to conserve water usage.

Smith Berry Barn uses natural and sustainable agriculture practices on its u-pick farm. Hand harvesting, use of organic fertilizer, composting and no-spray crops are just some of the techniques used. Smith Berry Barn has u-pick and ready-picked berries, apples, pears and more.

Unger Farms is committed to sustainable farming practices, including using “integrated pest management,” an environmentally friendly, common sense approach to keeping crops healthy, while discouraging pests. Unger Farms offers u-pick and ready-picked berries.

Grapes in Oregon's Tualatin Valley, vineyards and wineries

Biodynamic and Organic Wineries

For many years, Oregon’s agricultural industry incorporated sustainable farming techniques, and the region’s wine industry adopted techniques to create biodynamic and organic wines. The Pacific Northwest, and specifically Tualatin Valley, is a leader in the sustainability wine movement, which has gained in popularity in recent years.

Cooper Mountain Vineyards, established in 1978, has practiced biodynamic and organic farming practices since the mid-1990s. In 1999, it was the first vineyard/winery to be Demeter-certified biodynamic in the Pacific Northwest. Cooper Mountain also a leader in searching and producing sulfite-free wines.

Montinore Estate currently is the largest producer of biodynamic wines in the U.S. This organic and biodynamic vineyard and winery, located outside of Forest Grove, holds high standards in sustainable agriculture and careful craftsmanship and is committed to creating balanced wines that are true to the vineyard’s characteristics.

With more than 30 family-owned wineries, most of our wineries produce accessible, drinkable, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly wines. Throughout the valley, vines are tended to with care, using natural farming practices, including dry farming. This just a sampling of the sustainable farms and vineyards in Tualatin Valley.

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