Monday morning, Oxbow lost a member of its farm family in every sense. Tino Hernandez, our senior field crew member, passed away suddenly during the early hours. Tino is survived by his family, including his wife Yolanda, son, Gustov, and nephew, Valent, who also work with us on the farm. We are all devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague, a gentle giant who was the master of any task on the farm or in the field. It is impossible to describe how hard Tino worked to provide for his precious family and put nourishing food on our plates, and yours.
Obviously, Tino’s family is in great pain. If you would like to make a contribution to help them cope financially with their loss, click here. Funds will pay for the funeral and help Tino’s children remain in school.
Our production farm is the backbone of our organization. We grow certified organic mixed vegetables on 25 acres through methods that respect and nurture the health of the surrounding ecosystem. Our produce is available through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and at Seattle-area restaurants and grocery stores.
Oxbow’s environmental education programs connect kids with their food through hands-on, experiential learning. We welcome thousands of children onto the farm each season through our school field trip and summer camp programs and our farmers visit local classrooms during the winter months.
Oxbow is commited to improving the health of our fish and wildlife habitat. In 2013 we expanded our conservation efforts with a native plant program. The Oxbow Native Plant Nursery, in partnership with the University of Idaho Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research is a native plant production, research and education facility.