The Ramblin Farmers, Logan and Cheezy (Justin), are a team of two highly-skilled, physically-robust Freelance Farmhands with a passion for soil, ecological farming, and local food systems. Their credentials include a diverse mix of on-farm experience as well as formal education. Logan and Cheezy have worked on prominent farms in Oregon and Washington such as Gathering Together Farm, Flying Onion Farm, and Hayshaker Farm. Some of their recent clients include 47th Ave. Farm (Portland, OR), Whiskers Winery (Canby, OR), and Singing Frogs Farm (Sebastopol, CA). They have worked at farms in all climates and have seen lots of successes and failures that help them quickly troubleshoot and resolve systems. They specialize in market gardens and regenerative farming principles.
The Ramblin Farmers reached out to Executive Director Julie Davenson at the start of the growing season asking if the farm was in need of seasonal help. Julie contracted the Ramblin Farmers initially for a 4 week period from October – November. There are many people interested in being a part of the work we are doing at Stonewall Farm. Stonewall Farm is part of the prestigious Savory Institute’s Global HUB Network. After a brief tour and a day of checking out our infrastructure and crops, Logan and Cheezy met with Julie to learn more about the farm’s vision, mission strategy and goals. After viewing Julie’s presentation, the Ramblin Farmers shared some ideas to further our goals of innovating and demonstrating regenerative agriculture, provide education for farmers and to troubleshoot some of our challenges.
There was an immediate synergy between our Executive Director Julie, Logan, and Cheezy about the potential opportunities. It was this synergy and vision alignment that prompted Julie to ask if they would consider staying longer with us. Typically Logan and Cheezy take short -term projects and do not stay at farms for extended periods of time. Logan developed and presented a proposal for the upcoming 2021 growing season that was in perfect alignment with the direction we wanted to take our vegetable farming. And of course, all the techniques they are using are in line with organic and regenerative principles. There is a renewed energy at the farm and we have lots of surprises planned for next year including a major overhaul of our CSA program with more choices and abundance for shareholders. We will have flowers, herbs as well as a variety of vegetables. Logan and Cheezy are also planning on growing lots of plant starts for the home gardeners in conjunction with a spring plant sale. We will, of course, continue and expand our delicious pick your own strawberries as well as farmer workshops. Even the gardens will take a new shape and form, visible now to those that frequently visit the property.
Our most exciting new project is the farmer incubation program. The Ramblin Farmer will put all the systems, manuals, and how-to videos in place. They will help us advertise and select two farmers to run the vegetable program at Stonewall Farm for the 2022 growing season. Each year we will select two farmers to work at the farm who want to gain farm management experience. We hope to help many new and beginning farmers gain the experience they need, specifically in small scale organic and regenerative market garden systems. This will be important to not only help fill the need for new farmers as a majority of farmers are of retirement age, but also build the number of people able to grow and make a living from small market-style gardens. Stonewall Farm has long championed the belief that small farms, do and can feed the world in a sustainable manner. In fact, we believe creating smaller, local farms are the key to building food security, ensuring there are no disruptions to the food chain, and rebuilding our rural economies. Imagine a farm in every neighborhood just like schools and churches. Regenerative farms, in particular, can play a role in mitigating climate change. What is especially important about this project is here we have two young farmers leading this project for the benefit of current and future generations of farmers. The farm incubation program is core to our mission in so many ways – education, environmental stewardship, and building community.
We have many plans, once it is safe to do so, for the community to participate in this program such as volunteer days that offer a chance to connect with other people, learn growing techniques while volunteering with projects. Conversely, Logan and Cheezy are excited to get to know local farmers and the community at large. They live on the Stonewall Farm property in an old school bus they converted into a tiny home complete with a wood stove, wool insulation and solar power, extending their sustainability principles into their all aspects of their lives. They already been to Machina Arts in Keene twice where Logan has claimed to have had the best cocktail she has ever had. They have been really impressed with how friendly and welcoming everyone has been! They look forward to spending more time exploring and getting to know the people and region.
You can follow their work on their Instagram account or visit their website at ramblinfarmers.com
Logan holds a BS with Honors in Ecological Horticulture from Oregon State University. Cheezy is a student in Dr. Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web School student & future Soil Food Web consultant. Both Logan and Cheezy hold the FSMA Food Safety Certification.