I have also heard Oxbow mentioned dozens of times. However, until a recent field trip, I had no idea what it was. But I had the pleasure of visiting Oxbow with a group of students from Eagle Rock Multi Age.
Farmer Sarah, one of the owners, was our tour guide along with farmer Andrew and farmer Melissa. Sarah’s enthusiasm for farming quickly spread to the students and the parents who were chaperoning. She never stopped smiling through the entire tour.
When we were all exhausted at the end of our tour, she was still smiling and full of energy. She even did a couple of handstands. She must get her energy from all of the wonderful organic produce at Oxbow.
From the moment our tour started, we were impressed by all that Oxbow had to offer. We planted beans, learned about worms and composting, picked rhubarb and wore giant leaves on our heads.
The kids loved exploring the living playground which included a 17-foot tepee.
We sang songs, toured greenhouses, planted sunflowers, had a picnic lunch and chased frogs. And, at the very end of our tour, the kids played farmers freeze tag in a huge, grassy field.
What a day! I now know that Oxbow Farm is truly a local treasure!
During our tour, I learned that Oxbow is a 25-acre organic farm that sells at farmers markets, offers a CSA (community supported agriculture) and provides fresh organic produce to area chefs.
In 2010, they established their non-profit in order to expand their educational programs.
I wanted to learn more about Oxbow so I visited their website at www.oxbow.org. I was very impressed with their mission statement which is:
"Our mission is to EDUCATE people on the importance of environmental stewardship and healthy food, to RECONNECT us to the land and our local sustainable food supply and to INSPIRE us to take action in our daily lives and our communities."
That is quite a mission statement!
If you would like to check out this local treasure, you can visit Oxbow on Saturdays and Sundays July 16th thru October, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.