LH Featured Farmer: Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center
We continue to bring you closer to the farmers who grow your food. In this series, we periodically interview our members to share their unique stories with you.
Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center: Pioneers of Good Food, Community and Land Stewardship
Last month, in the midst of gearing up for the CSA season, Oxbow Farm Manager Adam McCurdy took time to talk with LocalHarvest about farming, community, sustainability and much more. Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center is a unique non-profit organization situated along the verdant Snoqualmie River in Carnation, just 30 miles from Seattle, Washington. Oxbow hosts an impressive variety of projects, including their 500 member CSA program, outdoor education and summer camps for kids, food gleaning programs, and a native plant nursery.
LocalHarvest: What is your role at Oxbow and what got you into farming?
Adam McCurdy: I've been with Oxbow since 2006, and I've been farming since 1999 in different regions: in the Willamette Valley outside of Portland, the Methow Valley in Eastern Washington, and now currently in the Snoqualmie Valley. I first became interested in farming while working with an Americorps program in Maine, doing environmental education and forest management, and as a result I became interested in food systems more generally. From there, I started helping with different gleaning efforts in Maine, working towards hunger relief, which is now a major aspect of what we're doing at Oxbow.
LH: How does the gleaning program at Oxbow work?
Adam: The development of our gleaning and partnering with hunger relief organizations has been quite an evolution. We've had to find solutions to questions like: how do you open your land up to volunteers who are willing to come and glean? How do you get the food to the food bank? Most importantly, how do you serve the populations that need local nourishing food, probably more than anyone?
Many thanks to Adam McCurdy for taking the time to share with us! If you're curious about Oxbow Farm and you're in their area, you can contact them about visiting, or you can check out their listings out on LocalHarvest.
Until next time,