The stewards of Blue Raven Farm are Jen, Casey, and Eligh. Our story began almost twenty years ago, when Casey and I met in Lake Tahoe at a little natural food store in Truckee. Our shared passion for food, natural medicines, and the outdoors forged a beautiful relationship that has continued to grow for over 15 years. Our son, Eligh, was born in 2002 and is an incredible young man. While his passion for farming is not “fully developed” yet, he is always willing to lend a helpful hand in transplanting, harvesting, or fence building when we are in need.
We stumbled across this property in the fall of 2015. This land was rough and in need of a lot of love to transform it into the home we envisioned. Our first year here we hauled out a lot of garbage, planted 250 trees, and started the long term project of coaxing our soil into a biological powerhouse. It will take years to get there, but we are off to a great start.
We are often asked about the Blue Raven. Simply put, the name popped into my mind one day. At the time, I did not think too much about it, other than it sounded right somehow. However, the moment we decided Blue Raven was our farm name, the ravens on our property became a predominant presence on our farm. The ravens can be heard on most days, and they usually call from the periphery. Their unique calls echo across the farm as a reminder that we are not stewarding this land just for our family and community members. They are a constant reminder that along side us, is a multitude of wildlife that also calls this place home.
Jen: Farm manager for CSA operations and Bridge City Farm School lead instructor. My farm beginnings started in 2009 on two urban lots in Portland. I was asked to instruct for OSU's Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship (BUFA) program in 2011, where I taught and farmed for 7 years. I am passionate about farming and love to teach. I am incredibly excited about the connections between people, plants, and soil, which makes me a bit of a plant and soils nerd, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Lacey: Farm manager for restaurant sales and greens production. My farming experiences range from working as a farmhand/harvester at a 1.5 acre salad farm, to a 3 acre diversified vegetable farm, to a co-farm manager of a .5 acre urban farm, starting my own microgreens farm business, and finally to renting my own .5 acre of farmland for growing diversified vegetables to sell to restaurants for the 2016-2017 seasons. I am excited to lend a hand to making local farming and farm education the priority it should be.
The Helping Hands...
Casey: Acupuncturist and herbalist by day, farmer by night- literally. Casey is Blue Raven's behind the scenes master and king of breakfast creations.
Eligh: Mower in chief and always willing to lend a helping hand when we are in need. An incredibly quick transplanter, and always making us laugh when we are in need.
Sunny: Official farm welcome committee. Friendly to all who visit and obsessed with kale. She is the perfect farm dog, with the exception that she wants to eat all of the farm's kale!