Saturday, November 24, 2018

Hummel Farm. Moon Over Mountains is the name of this block, gracing the new shop at the Hummel Farm, at 30487 SW Egger Rd, Hillsboro.  Chosen because of the spectacular view from the farm site where they can see Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainer.  This depicts the four seasons as well.  The House on the property was moved to the site and expanded, but is 200 years old.  This block is best viewed from Egger Road, just after turning left off of Campbell Road.  Visibility is somewhat limited, so be cautious at the corner.

Claeys Farm.  #57 is an original block, the Farmall Tractor, designed by Marilyn Alexander.  The tractor has personal meaning to Jim Claeys, as his father had one, but it was sold when he died.  Jim wanted to find an old tractor and found one on Craigslist.  Imagine his surprise when he realized that it was the same tractor his dad had owned, complete with notes still with it that his father had written years ago!  See this one at 34210 NW Bagley Rd, Hillsboro.  It is best viewed going east on Wren Road.  Turn onto Bagley Rd, and look for a red/white building on the west side of Bagley Road.  It may also be viewed eastbound on Wren Road.

Santoro Century Farm, at 22050 SW Rosedale Road, Beaverton, features a Holstein cow.  This barn was built in 1916 and used as a dairy barn until 1977.  85-90 Holsteins were home here, and the farm produced its own grain and hay, as well as hazelnuts. The block, Maggie the Cow, is an original design used by permission of designer Cyrille Zellweger.  Best seen going east on Rosedale Rd., but use caution here as there is a curve in the road traffic visibility may be poor.  

Moore Family Homestead. This farm is relatively new, the barn being built in the 1990's.  It was originally housing a garage door company.  The block, Serene Sunset, represents the amazing sunsets seen to the west of them.  See this one at 42069 NW Purdin Road, Forest Grove.  It is best seen heading east on Purdin Road; there is a pull-off on the north side of the road where photos can be taken.

Lewis Century Farm, at 40035 NW Strohmayer Rd. Forest Grove.  This century farm founded in 1905, has one of the last prune dryers still operating.  Crops currently are prunes, hazelnuts and cherries.  The Forbidden Fruit Tree block colors represent the cherries and prunes still grown here, along with hazelnuts.   

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Gambella Century Farm

The Gambella Century Farm is at 24150 SW Tile Flat Road, Hillsboro.  This Rolling Star block is #53, and graces what used to be a dairy barn.  The colors used were chosen by the family members  -- the Washington State University "red" and the University of Oregon "yellow".  This is a football family!

Hunter Star Block at the Knox Farm

This stunning Hunter's Star Block is #52, and is on a lovely barn build in the 1920's or early 30's.  John Knox liked this block and said that his grandchildren like to hunt.  See this block at 5095 SW Fern Hill Road, Forest Grove.

The Patchwork Pig Block

The Patchwork Pig block at the Cedar Ridge Farm graces this wonderful old, but newly painted barn.  The hay bales in the border tell us that hay is stored here, and that the Harris family raises pigs for pork production.  You can see this one on your way to Tillamook, on Hwy 6, where Cedar Canyon Road intersects it.  For a closer view, turn onto Cedar Canyon Road and take the gravel road in front of the farm.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Reichen Farm is Number 50

Number 50 is at the Reichen Farm, 8645 Old Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro.  This bright block represents crops the farm grows: red for crimson clover, blues for the sky and blueberries, and the two golds for the grass seed and wheat.  They have a wonderful historic red house nearby as well.  Roy remembers building hay bale tunnels, rope swings and lots of other family events.  Now, they host an annual lively 4th of July family and neighbor picnic. 

# 49 is From an Heirloom Quilt

Number 49 is a Priscilla Block, and was inspired by a string-pieced heirloom quilt of Sam Van Dyke's family. The block was a birthday present from Sam's wife Lori last fall, but was just installed Friday.  Sam is the third generation on this farm founded by William Van Dyke.  They are working on a Century Farm status.  See this one going south on Hwy 47, looking east, just before you get to the Verboort exit on the round-about.  The address is 40926 NW Verboort Rd.

Monday, April 2, 2018

More Blocks Have Found Homes!

The Lewis daughters pose with their new block, "Field Corn", on the Flatland Farm.  #48 on the trail, it's mounted on a new barn, with a newly established farm.  The Lewis' grow field corn and this block reflects that.  You can see it traveling south on Hwy 47; its address is 45085 SW Patton Road, Gaston.

Flatland Farm barn with Field Corn block.

  Twin Oaks Nursery has a new Sunflower Block, and is at home with the other flowers and plants at the nursery.  It is located at 10990 SW River Road, Hillsboro and is #47 on the trail.  The barn dates from just after WWII, and is a "Government" Barn.  Veterans who had served at that time could get the barn design and some funds to build a barn from the government.  There are a few more in the county, can you spot one when you see it?

The Graf Barn owned by Jim & Terri Graf is nearly 100 years old and was originally a dairy barn.  After that, the farm grew flower bulbs.  Jim and Terri wanted a Flag Block which looks very handsome on this old barn and is # 46 on the trail. 
See it at 5700 SW Old Hwy 47, Gaston.
#39 has moved to the front of the barn! 
It's on the Krause farm, at 34560 SW Johnson School Road, Cornelius.