Sunbow Produce offers USDA certified organic produce, year round, directly to customers in Corvallis and Philomath, Oregon. We're located at Sunbow Farm, which was established in 1972 and is owned by Harry MacCormack and Cheri Clark.
- freshly harvested, seasonal vegetables and fruits
- storage crops, such as onions, potatoes, winter squash, and dried beans
We plant, cultivate, harvest, and process nearly everything by hand or using small scale mechanized tools. For the heaviest work we use machinery matched to our scale and task.
When we can, we grow our own seed. When we purchase seed, we first source from excellent local and regional seed purveyors such as Adaptive Seeds, Wild Garden Seed, Siskiyou Seeds and Territorial seed company. We also rely on specialty and heirloom seeds from Sand Hill Preservation Center and Seed rEvolution Now!
We make good use of:
- what we've learned from the farmers and gardeners who have mentored us
- the natural biology in the soil which render countless services and benefits
- leaf/straw mulching and plant-based compost made on the farm from our own materials and local resources
- low-energy, high-value season extension techniques
- crop rotation and cover cropping
- interplanting of diverse crop types
- soil enrichment focused on long-term impact
- beneficial insects that help pollinate plants and reduce the population of pests
- organic fertilizer we make mixing crab meal, fish meal, feather meal and our own compost
- our wits, resourcefulness, grit, and pluck
We don't use:
- animal manures
- pesticide, herbicide, or fungicide sprays
- GMO seeds
- chemicals on produce
We have a work-exchange program allowing customers to pitch in and help out in return for produce. Send us an email to learn more about our "pitch-in" program.
Commitment to a fine future
We try to reduce any waste we might generate, reuse materials when it's practical, and recycle what we can't reuse. We use plant-based, non-GMO, truly compostable produce bags.
We make use of the biodegradable resources that grow on the farm such as:
- Bamboo for stakes, structures and bed markers
- Beautiful tall sunflower hedgerows to protect our tender young crops from the wind and feed our pollinators
- Cutting and collecting the tall late spring grasses to use as mulch
We conserve water by:
- increasing the organic matter in our soil
- using drip irrigation and carefully managing low-flow sprinklers
- using mulch
- employing dry farming techniques
By offering delivery to households we minimize overall mileage, time spent driving, fuel used, and the number of cars on the road. One longer route for us is more efficient than multiple vehicles making lots of smaller trips.
We honor the biodiversity of the land and bow to its beauty.