"We bought this farm in October 2005; we learned to build fences, greenhouses, and barns; produced more than 80 tons of composted manure from our poultry and cattle, built raised vegetable beds; learned to raise and butcher chickens; built and licensed a poultry processing facility and a winery; bought and installed poultry processing equipment and a delivery truck with a lift elevator for driving to market; learned to drive a tractor; bought a second tractor, learned where to buy feed, alfalfa, straw, baby cows, baby chicks, the plastic bags we package our poultry in; midwifed the births of goats and cows; and have learned a lot about starting, managing and marketing a business - and about living together."
Since 2015, Kookoolan Farms is the exclusive full-time gig for both of us, with no off-farm day job distraction for either of us.
All of our practices have always been organic, but we have never been certified and have no intention of becoming certified. Our chickens eat only certified organic grains. The pastures for our chickens, beef, and lambs have never been treated with any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides ever. We have never used any pesticide, herbicide, fungicide or synthetic fertilizer anywhere on our farm, ever. We do not use harsh chemicals: our water is City water, and the detergents we use to clean our processing facility are environmentally friendly. Compost may be the most valuable product we (which is to say: our animals) produce.
Our cattle and lambs never eat any grain, only grass and clover pastures; and grass, clover, and alfalfa hays. Our electricity is 100% solar for both the business and residence. Our garbage for the entire commercial operation fits into the smallest residential garbage pickup container. All of the liquid and solid waste from our poultry processing facility is re-used right here on the farm: solids are composted, and liquids are pumped to the highest point on the property and used to irrigate and fertilize our perimeter arborvitae (legally under a permit and license from DEQ).
Kookoolan is a small, diversified family farm located in the Carlton-Yamhill American Winegrowing Region in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range, established October 17, 2005! Our maritime climate provides mild temperatures summer and winter, and plentiful rainfall for our mixed-grass pastures.
What does "Kookoolan" mean?
Our farm's name Kookoolan comes from Koorosh's childhood nickname given to him by his father. An obscure hero of Irish literature is the medieval character Cuchulain, pronounced "koo-cullen," who was a big mead drinker, a warrior, and guardian of the cattle herds. Even before I met Koorosh, I thought Cuchulain would be a good name for a meadery -- except that almost nobody has ever heard of Cuchulain, and spelled in Gaelic it looks impossible to pronounce. The first time I heard his older brother call Koorosh what my ears heard as Cuchulain, I almost fell out of my chair! It became something of an inside joke between us, and later, when it was time to name the farm, there was never any other name on the table.
So you see: the man of my dreams solved this conundrum for me, too. The name Kookoolan World Meadery emphasizes the diversity of styles we intend to present, but still anchors the meadery to the farm.
"Our passion is to produce the best-tasting, most nutrient-dense food available anywhere, to steward our land sustainably, and to provide high quality life for the animals and people of Kookoolan Farms. We take pride in our hand-crafted foods, and pleasure in sharing our little farm with each other - and with you."