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Jacquin Dole

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Organic farming, Sustainable agriculture -- Oregon


Interview of Jacquin Dole by Paul Hopper at Riverside Farm McMinnville, Oregon on February 28th, 2010.

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Jacquin Dole is a biologist with a botany background, and owner of Riverside Farms, an organic farm outside of McMinnville, Oregon.


Jacquin Dole’s education includes degrees in botany, chemistry, and microbiology, which allowed her to conduct extensive research on plants while teaching at universities. Dole then purchased her “Living Laboratory,” Riverside Farm, which provided an opportunity for her to live what she was teaching. In February 2010, Dole was an active member of Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. She hosted people from around the world to stay at the farm and experience her permaculture practice, firsthand. The farm is described as a varied mix of animals and plants that create a sustainable environment; she has planted over 500 species of plants in order to see which species would thrive in Oregon. Dole defined sustainability as a practice that uses cyclic thinking, durability, and renewability. Other Oregon projects in sustainability in which she participated included Opal Creek, where she worked as a docent to aid with the designation of old growth forests and with the Oregon wine industry, assisting with low input viticulture and enology. She compares sustainability efforts in Oregon to other places, such as California, and also speaks about the importance of having accurate information in order to make informed choices.

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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