About the Farm
The 50 acres of apple and pear orchards on the farm's 205 acre property not only provide a scenic foreground for the stunning landscapes of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier, but also offer an insider's view of a working farm that grows 87 varieties of apples, pears and quince. The 7o varieties of apples are grown on dwarfing root stocks and planted 3 feet apart in a tall slender spindle trellised system. John has grafted and made many of the thousands of trees, and his grafting hands are immortalized by Getty Images in their library of stock photos.
Brady and John were pioneers in the organic movement and Mt. Hood Organic Farms was the first certified organic commercial orchard in the state of Oregon. The farm is also a Demeter certified Biodynamic® farm, which is considered natural land stewardship at its best. It is the highest paradigm of sustainable farming, offering one of the smallest carbon footprints of any agricultural method. Biodynamic® farmers work in cooperation with nature's rhythms, using organic, holistic methods to create a self-contained, self-sustaining ecosystem, while producing the most vital food available.
The farm is set against a magnificent natural backdrop where all manner of wildlife abounds, and hawks, eagles, and osprey circle above. The landscape has been gently and artfully sculpted to create open fields, ponds, a lake, and a myriad of gardens and wildflower insectaries that provide food for bees and habitat for beneficial insects to help control harmful pests. Compost teas and BD preparations are regularly used to aid in the health of the orchard.
Contact the Apple House
Please direct all fruit-related inquiries to the Apple House at (541) 399-4106. See the Wedding and Contact pages for additional contact information.