how the world is used." - Wendell Berry-
"How we eat,
determines to a considerable extent,
Our Wetlands Project
Jerry & Jo Dhooghe
When farms become factories for the conversion of petroleum to food, losses are inevitable: loss of living top soil, clean water, nutrient-rich food, and most notably the loss of connection to the land that is the intrinsic source of renewal.
Now, more than ever, it is vital that this connection be restored. Knowing what you're eating and where your food comes from is an essential step in that direction.
To that end, we are dedicated to helping as many as we can to re-connect with the oldest profession known to man - farming. Whether it's a backyard garden plot, container gardening, or just offering a local source of healthy organic food, we want to help you in your goal to live a healthier more natural life that respects the land, and realizes what organic living soil can produce.
By extension, disaster preparedness is the capstone of our endeavor. The more one is able to produce for him/herself, the stronger his/her community will be in case of emergency.
We are happy to pass along our ever-expanding knowledge and experience either one-on-one, or through one of our workshops.
For us, "sustainable living" isn't just a catch phrase, it's a commitment to a total way of life.
Bridgeport Farms & Gardens is located at the NW corner of Kings Valley Hwy (Hwy 223) and Bridgeport Rd/Monmouth Hwy just 7 miles south of Dallas and west of Monmouth.
From Monmouth, go west & follow signs for Falls City. At Hwy 223, continue west through intersection. Store is 800 ft. up on the right.
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Partnership with the US Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Oregon's Institute for Applied Ecology, Native Seed Network, helped facilitate the development of the wetlands restoration project. Now that the project is completed, we've moved into the maintenance stage, working with the local USDA office.
A combination of year round, seasonal and vernal ponds attract wildlife such as Canada Geese, elk, several varieties of duck, Great Blue Heron, Sandpiper, Bald Eagle, Ospree and other Raptors, Western Blue Bird, Kildeer, Cedar Waxwing, a variety of finches and much more.
Our wetlands have unique hydrology, with an atypically high water table, and are unusual not just for their plant variety, but for their organic husbandry. Most regional wetlands are located in lower river valleys and are maintained by the state. However, this is the only restoration project of its kind in the region whose landowners do the actual work in development and maintenance.
The project boasts rare and threatened plant species such as Nelson's Checker Mallow. Only organic methods are used in planting and propagating native seed, and in control of undesirable plant and animal species. In conjunction with that, this site also serves as the only organic native seed bank in the region.