Fry Family Farms
Modeling Community Mindedness
Steve, Suzanne and their children run Fry Family Farm. Wanting to stay at home and raise their five daughters, Steve and Suzanne decided that growing clean, organic produce was the best way to achieve this goal, so in 1993 they became full time organic farmers. Starting the farm with an acre of land and a 20’ x 50’ greenhouse, they have added every year to now include 60 acres and a lot more greenhouse space. Being a family farm is important to the Fry's, who view their employees, and even the community, as being part of their extended family.
Conservation of resources is an integral part of the Fry family farming practices. They're highly dedicated to composting: the county brings collected leaves, local people bring yard debris and scraps, and the Fry's recycle their own produce. The farm uses drip irrigation, in an effort to reduce water waste.
Being community minded is a high priority for the Fry's. They donate extra produce to a local food bank. They have an annual open house so people can visit the farm. And they recently began delivering boxes of fresh organic produce and flowers to 85 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) customers in the Rogue Valley and hope to continue to expand their CSA customer base. “We specialize in doing a little bit of everything in the best way possible, ” says Suzi.