Dome Grown Produce

The Farmer

It all started when I was just a little girl… I grew up on a family farm in Upstate New York. Some of my first childhood memories are of the garden and helping my dad in it. Well, I don’t know how much help I really was… I distinctly remember helping plant corn and beans, because the seeds were large and easy to handle. I also helped eat a lot of vegetables right off the plants. My mom would always find me with a mouthful of cherry tomatoes. I think that growing up on the farm instilled in me the value of fresh, safe food.

We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.

Aldo Leopold

My path in life didn’t lead me straight to the farm, instead I took the long way around. During high school, I had a great science teacher who kept me interested in botany, horticulture, and ecology. Then in college I moved on to earn a Natural Resource Conservation Degree. While there, I learned about soil science, botany, hydrology, ornithology, fish and wildlife, and the value of healthy ecosystems.

I realized that nature does best when it’s not polluted with chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and feed lot runoff. I learned that there needs to be a balance in production and protection.

After college, I lived and worked in Colorado for six years in the recreation industry, moved to Oregon 15 years ago, have had a few jobs in between, and now have finally landed at my farm. My excitement and passion for growing and eating fresh vegetables was renewed after moving to an area that has a more temperate climate than the mountains of Colorado. Since moving here I have been growing flowers, vegetables, and herbs organically. I became better acquainted with the area and climate after working at a local garden center for 6 years. The first garden I grew was a mere 4’x8’ raised bed and now I get to talk in acres.

In 2010, my husband and I purchased our first greenhouse and this was when Dome Grown Produce was born. It’s a 26’ geodesic dome kit that utilizes passive solar technology and unique under soil heating tubes in raised beds. This helps us grow vegetables year round. We disassembled and moved the dome to our new 20 acre farm in the summer of 2013 in Redmond, Oregon, where we continue growing today. Moving in the summer, pregnant with our son Emmett, and expanding a tiny business all at the same time was a little hectic. Since that crazy time, we have slowly built another hoop-house, a large commercial greenhouse, a big chicken run, planted an orchard, and now also have 2 caterpillar tunnels.