Even Pull Farm is the shared dream of Beth Satterwhite & Erik Grimstad. We are first-generation farmers proud to call the Yamhill Valley in Western Oregon our home. We joke that the farm is "Beth's fault" because she is the one who was originally bit by the farming bug back way back in college, while interviewing farmers for her thesis. In 2013, Beth landed her first farming job and the sickness really took hold. It seems to have infected Erik too, and here we are entering another season of growing! Since 2013 we have been moving fast, thanks to lots of hard work, a little bit of luck, and incredible help from friends we have met along the way.
Even Pull Farm was established in 2014, when we signed our first lease and decided to give it a go on our own. In 2017 we are entering our third season of growing on a beautiful little corner of good soil we lease from Christensen Farms, a multi-generation family farm near McMinnville, Oregon. These three acres are known as the old Crowe place. The Crowes came to the Yamhill Valley just before World War Two, and established a small dairy operation. Over the years it has been a dairy, a garden, and a home to many lovely souls. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Christensens and care-taking the old Crowe place. And to be growing food and flowers for our wonderful community.
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Beth grew up just down the road in Scholls, Oregon, a long-time farming community. Her childhood was full of gardens and animals, but she didn't consider agriculture as a career until working on her thesis at Linfield College. After graduating from Linfield, she was involved in the local food system through work on various community projects and non-profit work. She started farming in 2013, and hasn't looked back. Sustainable agriculture is her passion and growing food is her life's work! On the farm, you will probably find Beth in the prop house, seeding another round of lettuce or flowers, or else out in the field harvesting the week's bounty to take to town.
Erik Grimstad is Beth's partner in crime, and an all-around awesome guy who loves his job and eating good food. Erik graduated from Linfield College with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and began work at the City of McMinnville Wastewater Services Department in 2010. Currently he is an Operator with Wastewater Services, making sure our river stays clean! On the farm, you will probably find Erik zipping up and down beds killing weeds with his beloved wheel hoe, or speeding along planting baby plants faster than Beth can drop them.