The Willamette Valley is home to dozens of small organic farms. These farms feed the local communities by selling the beautiful fruits and vegetables they grow at the beloved farmer’s markets, co-ops, and restaurants in the area.
Tune in as we chat with Eden Olsen, farmer and owner of Lucky Crow Farm in Monmouth. Eden tells us exactly why it’s important to support local organic growers: and it’s not just about local economic stimulation.
Q: Please describe your educational/training background.
I earned my BA from Scripps College where I majored in Sustainable Agriculture/Food Policy. I was the farmers’ market manager at PCFMA in the Bay Area, a farm hand at Casa Rosa Farm in Brooks, CA, and an organic production specialist at Spring Rain Farm and Orchard in Chimacum, WA. Now I am the owner of Lucky Crow Farm LLC in Monmouth, OR.
Q: Please describe where you work & your occupation.
Owner and farmer at Lucky Crow Farm LLC in Monmouth, Oregon.
Q: Career-wise, what have been your proudest moments/highlights/accomplishments so far?
I’d say being able to own my own business and farm full-time, for sure. Also, being asked to join boards for important community organizations and participating in OSU programs such as the Dry Farmed tomato trials. I’m also really proud of our new internship program at Lucky Crow Farm.
Q: What are some of your future goals or things you would like to accomplish?
Generally: growing my business production/profits, creating a larger positive social impact on the community, and promoting environmental health in our surrounding ecosystem.
More specifically: running for local office and increasing my profit margins.
Q: What have been some of your biggest career challenges?
Financing, injuries, labor shortages, Covid-19.
Q: Many young women might not be aware of the careers available in STEM fields. What do you think can be done to spread the word to women about career options in these fields?
We need more networking opportunities! I know there are a few women in agriculture groups, but there could always be more. Trade schools and colleges should provide resources and connect young women with those of us in the workforce. Internships and informational visits/interviews are a great way to do that. So many women in my field would love to share their knowledge. It’s just about getting the word out!
Q: Do you have any advice for women who are looking to follow in a similar career path?
Find a mentor! There are a few female farmers in the area (and beyond) that have been instrumental in helping me build my career. I couldn’t (and still can’t) do it without their support and guidance.
Q: What do you like to do for fun in your spare time?
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading, movies, and cooking/preserving with my partner.