Many years ago the Ouchida Farm was lined with Marion berries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries and other delicious farm fresh produce. Our family worked from day break to sundown picking hundreds of pounds of berries. The farm was our livelihood and even the Ouchida kids helped with their berry stained mouths to help support the family business.

Back when the farm was running, it was a gathering point for friends and family. Not only did the hard work bring us together, the beautiful views of Adams, St. Helens and Hood helped ease the hardships of a farming life. When you visit our farm, you may notice only the tip of St. Helens is visible. I recently spoke with a neighbor about this over beers. He pointed out a spot next to the barn. In 1980, "Back when St. Helens erupted, all the neighbors gathered here to watch." The explosion covered the farm in 3" of ash, a few containers of this ash are still held by our family.

In the late 90s, my family gave up farming as Jack Ouchida, my grandfather, aged. As of recent, we have leased the land for other types of farming. Unfortunately the news came that company leasing our land was not going to renew their contract, leaving us with beautiful although barren fields. We started looking for alternative ways to cover the property taxes and I started dreaming... Maybe we can support the land through music, building community and by simply having a good time. I want to share the Farm Fiesta Dream.

The Farm Fiesta is possible through the contributions of my friends, neighbors and family. Our performing musicians and our volunteers also deserve huge thanks. Everyone brings incredible talent to the stage, and we are happy to have them. We all believe in music, and trusting in people. Come visit our farm August 24th, and you will find a musical refuge from the city. Revitalize your soul, Love People. Love Music.

Sincerely,

Michael Gordon