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About Us

Humble Roots Farm & Nursery is a small, family-run native plant nursery located in the Columbia River Gorge in Mosier, Oregon. We provide ethically propagated native plants of the Pacific Northwest to gardeners, landscapers, farmers, orchardists, schools, community groups, soil & water conservation groups, non-profits, tribes, federal agencies, and anyone that wants to plant native plants! We strive to educate people about native plants and cultivate a passion for their conservation.

We spend most of our days propagating and growing native plants and maintaining our container nursery, which is open to the public by appointment. Additionally, we offer on-site consultations and seed collection to local residents, farms, businesses, and organizations. We can also be found working on rare plant monitoring, propagation, and out-planting projects, as well as consulting on native pollinator habitat and ecological restoration efforts. 

Our office, home, and propagation grounds are off-grid and solar powered, located in a fifty acre forest which we manage for botanical and biological diversity. Our container nursery and growing grounds are located on another farm and are the part of our operations that is open to the public.

 

The land we steward is located in an area that has been and continues to be important to many indigenous peoples, and we acknowledge that it is the unceded territory of the Wasco, Wishram, Yakama, Celilo Wyam, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Nimiipuu (Nez Perce), and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Grand Ronde, and Siletz People. The land acknowledgement we would truly like to make is one best stated by CMarie Fuhrman in her "poem to acknowledge that the land itself - along with the people whose language, culture, and religion were born of it - is rarely acknowledged".

Look for our book,
The Pacific Northwest Native Plant Primer,
wherever books are sold!
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WINNER OF THE  GO!  2014 TOD J. LEFEVRE  SUSTAINABILITY AWARD FOR BUSINESS
 
WINNER OF THE ENVIROGORGE 2015 NATURE SPACE AWARD
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ETHICALLY GROWN & PROPAGATED

 

Humble Roots practices the ethical propagation of native plants. This means that all of our nursery plants are propagated by seed, cuttings, or nursery stock divisions. Humble Roots does not advocate for the digging of plants from the wild unless it is a salvage operation to save plants from development or disturbance.  We hand collect our own seed for propagation and do so in a way that protects the health of parent populations. We do not use harmful chemicals or non-organic agents in the growing of our plants.

ENVISIONING THE FUTURE TOGETHER

Now more than ever we all need to do our part to conserve, protect, and nurture native plants. Native plants are one of the most important elements in our local ecosystems and we all benefit from their function, as well as their beauty. Native plants provide pollinator and wildlife habitat, healthy and stable soils, clean water, beauty, and even food and medicine. Once established, appropriately sited native plants can thrive without irrigation, thus providing a water conserving and lower maintenance landscape. For many reasons, now is the time to create gardens that complement rather than compete with nature.

 

The Humble Roots crew will do everything we can to help you cultivate a passion for, and have a direct relationship with native plants.

We hope you will become as excited about native plants as we are!


Kristin Currin & Andrew Merritt

Owners and plant lovers

An'Drew' Merritt
Kristin Currin
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