Horton Road Organics is an educational and sustainable organic farm in the Siuslaw watershed 35 miles northwest of Eugene, Oregon. Apprentices live on-site and get their hands dirty while learning organic planting, growing, and cultivation techniques. The farm also sells goods at local farmers’ markets and through a CSA (community supported agriculture) program.
An intern at Horton Road Organics replants young seedlings into larger holders so that they can be transported into a larger greenhouse, where they will have time to grow and mature before being planted directly into the ground. By allowing the plants to grow in greenhouses before planting them, the farm doesn’t need to rely on pesticides or other harmful synthetic substances to protect seedlings. (Blachly OR, 2007)
Saturday morning Farmers’ Market with Horton Road Organics. (Eugene OR, 2007)
Horton Road Organics staff member Jena Botte works through rows of lettuce, “timely hoeing” the young heads, which helps prevent weeds from growing. It is one sustainable technique used at the farm in place of more traditional farming practices that rely on pesticides. (Blachly OR, 2007)