Blue Fox Farm
Farming Like There's a Tomorrow
Blue Fox Farm is the real thing. Their family partnership admirably upholds the small family farm model. Blue Fox’s small size and sustainability practices allow them to deliver exquisite, fresh produce from the heart of the Applegate Valley through the Co-op to your table. Rumor has it that their produce even impresses Martha Stewart!
Blue Fox Farm is owned and operated by three couples, Chris and Melanie, David and Valerie, and Melanie and Valerie’s parents, Richard and Bobbie Kuegler. A third generation is already helping out too – cousins Demien Jagger and Malcolm Kennedy were both born in fall of 2007, only four weeks apart.
Chris Jagger and Melanie, and David Kennedy and Valerie, together bought their first southern Oregon property in 2003, on which they built two homes, greenhouses, three acres of vegetable gardens, and places for their animals. (They’ve got a small but growing flock of Icelandic sheep, a herd of Oberhasli dairy goats, a slew of ducks that provide eggs, a few pigs that compost vegetables for them, and “enough cats and dogs to make things interesting.”) Later, the family partnership bought another 15 acres just six miles down the road. It’s on the 15 acres that most of the produce is grown.
The family partnership considers themselves stewards of their land. They aim to keep the soils alive and nutrient rich, which they achieve through long sustained rotations of vegetable crops, cover crops, grazing pastures for animals, and land kept fallow. They are committed to being free of conventional chemical pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and genetically modified organisms. All of the vegetables grown at the farm meet this standard. Oh, and they’re Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.