Apifera Farm - where art, story, animals & woman merge. Home to artist Katherine Dunn

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Apifera Farm {"Apifera" means bee bearing in Latin} is first and foremost a small, working farm owned and operated by me and my landscaper husband, Martyn. We have a small working flock of 30 Katahdin sheep [a hair sheep], and raise our eggs and certain vegetables, and lavender. 

We also adopt elderly or special needs creatures that need a final place to be hospiced or live out their lives-these special needs/elders are known as The Misfits.

 Our goals when we moved here in 2004 remain unchanged:

  • help an old farm and the land that had been neglected for years
  • be good stewards by: planting 400+ trees, nurturing fields with our CREPS programs, plant native species on the river front to help fish and the river, use the river water with respect, be water conscious
  • walk with Nature, not on top of it
  • Eat less meat, but good meat. Once vegetarians, we eat a 75% plant/25% meat diet - and are lucky to be able to grow the meat we eat. We support other small working farms growing pasture raised produce. We wish all people-meat eaters, chefs, vegans, vegetarians - could work together, accepting that there are differing personal values-to help stop factory farming and help create better distribution systems for all income levels to eat less meat but good meat. Our animals never leave the farm to be butchered. We are present at birth, through life and on the day of death.
  • We also help special needs and elder rejected animals, letting Apifera be their final home
  • share the farm through stories, art and special visits

I was the on who had the brilliant idea to plant 4000 lavender plants. Years later now, and older, and wiser, and exhausted, we cut back our field to about 1500 plants. We now focus on selling Grosso as bud. Visit the Etsy shop.

Katahdin Breeding Stock
Our flock is registered and/ or recorded. Raised on grass, our mother ewes are fed 14% protein mix 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after lambing. I work daily with my sheep, they are cross pastured for health of sheep and field, and I always bring them into the barn at night for safety. I do all the maintenance on these creatures and love being a shepherdess. Contact Katherine for info and availability.

Lamb Meat
We eat a 25%meat/75plant diet, and choose to eat our own meat. We have limited meat available. Contact Katherine if you are interested in lamb and pork. Grass fed, no pesticides. Raised on open pasture,  the animals are born and raised and harvested here at our farm with a local approved butcher, always under the watchful eye of myself and Martyn.

The Adopted Barnyard of Misfits
Apifera is also a final home for many old special needs animals. Since first moving to the farm, Katherine has been taking "The Misfits". She shares her Misfits through story and art, workshops and drawing sessions at the farm.

Apifera Horticulture
Martyn Dunn is a licensed landscape contractor and operates Apifera Horticulture, formerly known as Horticulture Northwest. A graduate of Oregon State University in Horticulture, Martyn has owned and operated his own business for over 20 years. Serving clients in Portland and the western suburbs, Martyn is experienced in design, boulder placement, transplants, plant specifications, pruning and maintenance as well as designing and implementing water/irrigation systems. While Martyn serves many private homes and customers, he also collaborates with landscape architects and designers. At Apifera Farm, Martyn designed the front gardens and boulder placements. The garden was created to be draught tolerant, and includes as many native species as possible. Apifera Farm is also working with the State to increase native species on their river front, and through the CREPS program have planted and maintain over 400 trees. Contact Martyn.


How Apifera was Born
Suffering a long lasting broken heart, a forty plus single woman writes a sacred list of three things she needs to do to recreate a sense of place for herself. It leads her across the country to Oregon where she meets her next door neighbor. Soon after, the man climbs a cherry tree in a heat wave and brings her his cherry harvest, hoping the cherries will cool her fair haired flush from the heat. The next day, still suffering in a heat wave, she bakes him a fresh cherry pie with the bounty he brought her. This leads to one of many epiphanies, that she must love him to bake in a heat wave. With her love for him sealed in that crust and fruit, they go on to move to a magical delapitated farm, and they call it Apifera. {Visit the illustrated book Katherine wrote about this}