History of the Farm
Patti and I acquired the
15 acres, home and lake that would eventually become Harmony Hill Farm in 1990.
Shortly before then, we would be kicked out of East Fork State Park on a snow
covered Saturday in January one last time for allowing our golden retrievers to
run off leash. It was that day that we swore to find property that we could
allow our dogs to run free. So, we thank Amber, CJ and Poco for where we are
today. We miss you guys every day, but we'll see you soon.
We named our farm in
1993 after witnessing the dogs, cats, ducks, geese and assorted wildlife
existing in perfect HARMONY. Soon the hill behind the house became home to our
horses and mini donkeys, growing our own hay and organically grown medicinal
herbs. Harmony Hill Herbals allowed us to keep the farm in agriculture while
purchasing additional surrounding property as it became available. By 1995,
Harmony Hill had grown to its current 70 acres.
In 2001, we decided to diversify by planting a
small block of grapes in the north end of our horse pasture. The intention was
to sell those wine grapes to local wineries. Well, one thing led to another, and
after some very helpful guidance from a friend and respected Oregon winegrower
by the name of Ron Barrett, Harmony Hill Vineyards & Estate Winery was born. The
horses and donkeys were moved to another barn and better pasture, and our
vineyard grew to the almost 3000 vines that it is today.
We are an Ohio River
Valley Sustainable Winery
hope that by keeping our vineyard balanced and healthy it will allow us to
produce a flavorful and balanced wine. At Harmony Hill, we have either
instituted these practices in the vineyard or are working toward them, by
minimizing chemical sprays, using only natural fertilizers to enhance soil vigor
and by monitoring harmful insect populations, responding only when necessary. We
maintain healthy sod cover in the row middles to prevent erosion and maintain a
more complex ecosystem. We maintain Kestrel houses at the north end of the
vineyard to assist in rodent control. We use expensive and labor intensive
netting over the ripening fruit to control bird damage. Our goal is to help our
vineyard produce excellent quality wine grapes for decades to come.
In July of 2006, Harmony Hill Farm became certified as a National
Wildlife Federation Remote Wildlife Habitat.
Harmony Hill Vineyard Certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat Site
We rescued this fawn from the back of the
farm. She eventually hooked back up with Mom.