Dan & Erin Barnhart
Pastureland situated along the banks of the Luckiamute River in the midst of the vast Douglas fir forests of Oregon’s Coast Range is where the Barnhart Ranch is nestled. The rainy climate keeps this valley beautifully green year round. My grandpa and his brother bought the farm during the early part of the Great Depression. Grandpa first came to this valley when he delivered meat to railroad workers at the turn of the last century. Since that time three generations of Barnhart’s have worked and played on the farm while learning the lessons of responsibility.
In the early days, a small sawmill cut timbers for the war effort. Beef and milk were raised on our farm to feed the families of the sawmill workers of that time. In those days, many families lived and worked on or near the farm. The mill is long gone now, but we still raise healthy beef for families who care about having a connection to where their food comes from.
Our farm has provided a wonderful environment where our kids have learned the value of hard work while they have helped to feed cows, put up fencing, made hay, and many other chores on the farm. The farm has also provided a safe place for them to romp around and play. The kids have spent hour upon hour, playing in the creek and exploring the hills that surround our valley. My dad experienced the same sort of things when he grew up here, as did I, and now my kids. I can’t think of a better place to live for a kid growing up.