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The Farm

Bethel Springs Farm is a small market farm located 12 miles northwest of Salem, in Rickreall, Oregon. We grow a wide variety of vegetables, along with a few fruit trees, and raise a flock of laying hens and a few barn cats. All of our products are USDA certified organic through Oregon Tilth, since 2014.

The farm property is 59 acres. 41 of those acres are farmed by a neighboring farmer, who has worked this land for many years. Of the balancing 18 acres, 2.5 to 3 are in vegetable production each year.

As we grow vegetables, we strive to work with nature, harnessing the power of life found in seeds, soil microbiology, insects, plants and animals. Our goal is to foster a balanced ecosystem, where all elements are healthy and strong, and produce the most vibrant and delicious fruits and vegetables.

The Farmers

Steven and Michelle Burger own and operate Bethel Springs Farm. Farming is a second career for both of them. Steven, a civil engineer, worked with the City of Portland for 20 plus years in Environmental Services before working on the farm full time. Michelle was an elementary school teacher and librarian in the Portland Public Schools before setting the books aside to work with plants.

In addition to Steven and Michelle, we have one employee.

Incidental Information:

  • Steven enjoyed amateur bicycle racing at the PIR Monday Night race series.
  • Michelle spent a summer during college driving a tour bus in Alaska.
  • Together, they taught English in Port Fouad, Egypt, from 1989 to 1992.
3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2010 2:30 pm

    Hello neighbors! What a fantastic garden you have going there. The veggies look delicious. Chickens, too! Wish we still lived next door so we could be your best customers. Bob and I are in Alaska. We are renovating a small cabin on Kachemak Bay. It is supposed to be our summer place after Bob retires but I have a feeling that won’t be any time soon. He’s working in Anchorage three days a week. The cabin is in Homer so he flies down to work here two days and spend the rest of the week with me. I’m heading back to Arizona before winter sets in. We’ve had a very wet summer and I’m looking forward to seeing the sun again. I added my blog address in the Website field so you can see our place. Best of luck with your garden business! I hope to start a small veggie garden next summer. I am very curious about your hoop house. They are being introduced to the gardening community in Homer to help extend the season. We have a nice farmer’s market but the weather has been so bad the farmers complain nothing is growing! And to think it is almost the end of summer with this month. It’s a different world up here. Love your blog. We’ll be following the adventure!

  2. E. Burgervile permalink
    May 27, 2013 9:48 am

    Enjoyed the tour of your new digs. Thank you for carving out enough time out of your busy day to show us around. You have a great web site with lots of info and pics are great. Can’t wait to see whats available on your next harvest list. EB & AB

  3. Linda Meng permalink
    April 7, 2019 9:50 am

    I just wanted to say while I’m thinking of it that I am in awe of what you are doing. Your produce is wonderful and I was just looking for a recipe and found some of yours I had made before. They were definite repeats! I don’t know how you do it all, but keep it up!

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