Many years ago the Ouchida Farm was lined with marionberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and other delicious farm fresh produce. Our family worked from day break to sundown picking hundreds of pounds of berries. The farm was our livelihood, and even the Ouchida kids, with their berry stained mouths, helped support the family business.
Back when the farm was running, it was a gathering point for friends and family. Not only did the work bring us together, but the beautiful views of Mt. Adams, St. Helens and Mt. Hood helped ease the hardships of farming life. When you visit our farm you may notice only the tip of St. Helens is visible. I recently spoke with a neighbor, who pointed out a spot next to the barn. He said that In 1980, “Back when St. Helens erupted, all the neighbors gathered here to watch.” The explosion covered the farm in 3″ of ash, a few containers of this ash are still held by our family.
In the late 90s, my family gave up farming as Jack Ouchida, my grandfather, aged. In the 2000s, we leased the land out to other types of farming, mainly Christmas trees. Unfortunately, a few years later the news came that the farmers were pulling out due to the economy, and were not going to renew their contract. Thus leaving us with beautiful, although barren, fields. As the field lay empty for a few years we started looking for alternative ways to cover the costs of owning the land and utilizing its potential. Then I started dreaming… Maybe we can support the land through music, building community, and simply enjoying what we have around us, together. I wanted to share the Farm Fiesta dream.
The Farm Fiesta is possible through the contributions of our friends, neighbors and family. Our performing musicians and our volunteers also deserve huge thanks. Everyone brings incredible talent to the stage, and we are happy to have them. We all believe in music, and trusting in people. Come visit our farm August 8th, and you will find a musical refuge from the city. Revitalize your soul. Love People. Love Music.
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You’ll want to fill out our handy dandy volunteer form located on the Volunteer page.Once filled out, our super awesome volunteer coordinator Missy will contact you shortly!