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Dan J. Wilson

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1 hour 43 minutes


Sustainable agriculture, Farmers' markets -- Oregon, Lamb Meat Industry


Interview of Dan J. Wilson by Jason Keaton at Canby, Oregon on August 10th, 2007.

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Dan J. Wilson of SuDan Farms in Canby, Oregon comes from a farming family. He was born in Colorado, and studied Agricultural Engineering at Oregon State University. He was in the Marine Corps during the Bay of Pigs. He also earned a Masters in Farm Management (1975).


Dan Wilson owns and operates Sudan Farms outside of Canby, Oregon. They raise sheep to sell for meat and utilize wool as a commodity. Wilson spent time in the Marines as a pilot, has taught at community college, worked on water management projects, and has been a farmer on many levels. At Sudan Farms, they sell lamb meat at local farmers markets, as well as to restaurants, directly. They do not sell their meat through a lamb broker, but rather sell directly to consumers at the farmers markets or the restaurants they work with. Wilson discusses how regulations affect their business as a whole, as well as how they affect individual farmers and consumers alike.

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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