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Sustainable agriculture -- Oregon -- Cornelius, Berries


Interview of Kathy and Matt Unger by Alix Lefler at Cornelius, Oregon on July 25th, 2007.

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Kathy Unger and her husband Matthew Unger have owned and operated Unger Farms in Cornelius, Oregon since 1984. Matthew Unger is a third generation farmer. He holds a BS in Agriculture from Oregon State University.


Oregon natives, Matt and Kathy Unger, have both grown up in farming communities. They discuss Kathy's experience in the berry industry and Matt's degree in agriculture—both paving the way for successful accomplishments on their 90-acre farm. The Unger family provides produce to eleven farmers markets and stores, including New Seasons Market, with delicious strawberries, blueberries, and even raspberries. Their farming practices include efficient irrigation, erosion control, and anything that promotes beneficial soil protection for the berries. Initially, their abundance went to a cannery. Growing retail market connections and opportunities to connect with community members has expanded new marketing opportunities.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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