Meet your farmer-
My name is Upingakraq (time when the ice breaks) Spring Alaska Olson is the owner and Principal Ecologist-Indigenous Agriculturalist managing all things glorious on our farm related to growing, giving, teaching and keeping our beautiful farm in order. Born and raised in Valdez, Alaska and the daughter of Chief Helmer J. Olson of the Valdez Native Tribe. Inupiaq lineage allows a unique/diverse cultural perspective of use of historical food systems ranging from Alaska to Oregon and regional tribal lands on Turtle Island. Spring serves on multiple regional and national agricultural boards and educational committees and serves as an advocate for local farmers and tribal members. Spring was the recent recipient of the 2019 NASDA Women Farm to Food Award, honoring her achievements regionally in value added food production and small farm education. We participate in the USDA Indian Agricultural Council, Made by Native American Export Food Program, Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, First Nations Development Institute, Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, American Indian Housing Authority, Warm Springs Indian Tribe Community Garden, High Desert Food and Farm Alliance, Deschutes County Noxious Weed Advisory Board, and many other regional educational assistance programs.
Sam Schreiner is the Pepper Whisperer! Sam enjoys all things related on on-farm production, and enjoys designing many of our unique drying/cleaning systems, greenhouse and on-farm infrastructure, growing food and taking care of his large population of custom chickens. We are thankful to have Sam to implement his creative foodie innovations, and keep our farm running smooth at all times.