Pride of the Umpqua
• Principles: Harmon and Noreane Walker
• Farm Name: Pride of the Umpqua Organic Produce
• Location: Roseburg, Oregon
• Size: 95.5 acres, certified organic since 1998
• Crops: Tomatoes (cherry, slicer, paste), Zucchini,
Cucumbers, Squash, Melons, Eggplant, Cherries,
Grapes (Autumn Royale, Jupiter Muscat, Flame),
Raspberries and Blackberries
The Pride of the Umpqua is Harmon and Noreane Walker’s family farm. The Walkers started farming in 1974, and today have more than 90 acres. They have been certified organic since 1998. Taking advantage of Southern Oregon’s warm weather and the fertile soils deposited by the Umpqua River, they specialize in “heat loving” crops such as tomatoes, zucchini, squash, melons, berries and eggplant. They have been saving tomato seed for over 10 years are well known for the outstanding quality of their slicing and cherry tomatoes, sold under the LADYBUG label.
A Passion for Tomatoes • • •
Harmon grows all of his plants from seed.
He hand selects his own Tomato Slicer seed called Umpqua Beauty. Every year Harmon goes into the field and picks the biggest, roundest tomatoes to make next year’s seed. This way he can keep the tomato evolving to keep up with current environmental and market conditions. Harmon chooses the best varieties for their flavor, sweetness and delectability. Each plant is tenderly cared for from seed to harvest. The plants are laboriously staked to keep them off the ground, hand tied to the stakes, and handpicked all season. Another one of Harmon’s tricks is to plant two crops of tomatoes, insuring an excellent harvest late into the fall. To maintain the fertility of their soils they rotate crops and use drip irrigation to conserve water. It is this effort that allows us to enjoy the Pride of the Umpqua!
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