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Corona Update from the Farm

These are wild times. Here at the farm we want to continue to feed our community and do our part to help keep you healthy every way we can. We're taking extra precautions with additional bin and barn sterilization, hand washing, and harvest/post-harvest sanitation above and beyond our normal protocol. Roberto and I are the only two people harvesting, washing, packing and delivering the produce at this time of year. We are all healthy on the farm thus far, and we're all observing the CDC recommendations about social distancing.

As of now, we intend to continue with our every-other-week winter/spring harvest schedule. We will be packing CSA shares as usual. We encourage CSA members to observe these guidelines:

  • If there are other people at your pickup location or in the barn we encourage you to give each other ample space.
  • As always, please wash your produce when you get it home.
  • If you are ill, please stay home. Send a friend to pick up your produce instead.

For farmstand customers, please note we are temporarily altering our farmstand system to reduce potential exposure for our customers.

Effective April 1st for our next farmstand:

  • The farmstand will switch to a pre-order, “to-go” system.
  • Rather than having customers pick out their produce in person, we will email you a list of availability the weekend before through our online ordering platform, Cropolis. **If you want to receive our produce availability list, please EMAIL US so we have your contact info!** We will only be emailing the list to people who give us their email address for this express purpose.
  • You will need to place your order via Cropolis by Sunday night. It’s simple and user friendly.
  • We will then pack orders into grocery bags labeled with your name and leave the bags in our walk-in cooler for pickup on Wednesday.
  • An invoice will be attached and you will leave payment in the Honor Box as usual.
  • Like shopping the farmstand, produce will be packed based on the order the emails are received, so you may not get all the items you ordered if we run out of a given thing. We’ll do our best!

Thanks for your support of the farm through this challenging time. We're here to support your good health in every way we can!

Zoë

Get on the List for our 2020 CSA Season!

Hoping to join our CSA to get a weekly basket of fresh produce delivered to your neighborhood? Get on the list for 2020! We will contact you this spring when sign-ups begin for the 2020 season.

You can read more about our Harvest Baskets & Salad Shares here.

Thanks for your interest in our farm, and for supporting local, regenerative, family-scale farming!

2020 Winter Farmstand Schedule

The farmstand will be open for our winter season starting Wednesday, January 8th. We'll be open every other Wednesday thereafter, through May 13th. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm in the barn, a half mile beyond our summer farmstand location.

Mark you calendar with our winter farmstand dates!

  • January 8
  • January 22
  • February 5
  • February 19
  • March 4
  • March 18
  • April 1
  • April 15
  • April 29
  • May 13

The winter farmstand is self-serve honor system. We accept cash and checks at the farmstand. Please bring small bills if paying with cash!

Please park nose-in on either side ofthe barn.

Please leave pets in your car.

No smoking

No potable water available.

Please leave no trace; there is no garbage service at the farm.

To find us in the winter, follow directions to the farmstand and then continue up the road another 1/2 mile to our barn, located on the right side of the road just before 95080 Floras Creek Road.

Valley Flora - Growing Good Food for Local Folks

Valley Flora is a mother-and-two-daughter collective nestled on the banks of Floras Creek near Langlois, Oregon. Together, we grow hundreds of varieties of vegetables, berries and fruit to feed our local coastal community year-round. Our farm was founded in 1998 with a deep commitment to ecological and organic farming practices and our passion is growing good food with an eye towards the artful. Our love of this beautiful valley – the fertile loam and the river that runs through it - inspires us to farm with the next generation in mind, and the next. We rely on crop diversity, compost, cover crops, and crop rotation to keep our farm healthy and thriving both above and below ground. Although we have chosen not to pursue organic certification, we adhere to all organic standards and production practices. With the help of our draft horses, a handful of fantastic employees, and one little tractor, we are grateful to call this our life and our livelihood (we love what we do - so much you can taste it!). Thank you for supporting small family farms like ours!  

Valley Flora - Powered by the Sun!

We are officially running on solar power at Valley Flora! It's been a long-awaited project - a decade-long dream - and now we are not only making our own power to run the walk-in cooler, the freezers, the lights, the greenhouse fans, and the irrigation pump (all of our core infrastructure), but we were actually sending power back to the grid as well! What a feeling to harness all that hot sun that's usually beating down on the barn roof making us sweaty on a packout day and to turn it into electricity instead: the hum of our walk-in, the whir of the greenhouse fans, the cycling of the pump, all thanks to the generosity of the sun.

It took ten years to get here, but this past 18 months the dream started to become a reality thanks to a combination of factors. Solar technology has gotten twice as affordable and twice as efficient in the past decade. In winter of 2018 a farmer friend and tireless renewable energy advocate put us in touch with a Spark Northwest, a non-profit in Seattle that provides grant-writing assistance to small businesses for renewable energy projects. With their help we applied for a federal and a state grant and were fortunate to receive both. We also received a Wild Rivers Coast Alliance small grant and a number of generous individual donations from CSA members and friends of the farm. All together these funds got us close enough to the project budget that we were able to give Sol Coast the green light to do the installation at the end of May and flip the switch on the inverters in early June!

I want to express my deepest thanks to everyone who chipped in to make this happen at the farm, and to all of you who have cheered and voted for the project along the way. As farmers we are feeling the unnerving effects of climate change directly (more extreme weather events, hotter and drier summers) and we want to be a pro-active part of the solution. Solar feels like a huge step in the right direction and we couldn't have done it without the support of Oregon Department of Energy, USDA, Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, Sol Coast, Kyle Electric, Coos Curry Electric Co-op and so many of you! Thank you for being part of positive change!

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