Here at Casad Family Farms we use Organic, Biodynamic, and Permaculture principals to sustainably steward 360 acres of land in Jefferson County, Oregon.
The Farm is co-owned by husband and wife Chris & Cate Casad. They live on and manage the farm with their son Hesston who was born in July 2021. Chris has been farming since he was 20 years old, a first generation farmer. Chris studied permaculture design as a young man and started farming on just a few acres of leased land near Bend, Oregon. His first farm was called Juniper Jungle Farm, he grew vegetables for a large CSA program, farmers markets, and started growing more for wholesale distribution. He also is a beekeeper and loves to have a milk cow or two. Influenced greatly by the principals of biodynamics, Chris has always tended to land he manages and the community he feeds with deep care and affection. Cate began volunteering on Chris' first farm in 2014, pretending to enjoy weeding carrots so she could get to know farmer Chris better. In 2017 they moved to a new farm together in Madras, Oregon where they could purchase land and expand their growing capacity. Cate's dedication to the farm and to Chris drive her to help in any way she is needed; from planting and harvesting potatoes to developing new business opportunities.
At Casad Family Farms we grow mixed vegetables and root crops for wholesale distribution to local restaurants and grocery stores in Oregon. In addition to diversified veggies, we raise hays, grains, and specialty seed crops. In 2020 we expanded our prescriptive grazing & pasture management program.
We raise cattle and heritage breed hogs, pastured chickens and turkeys. Though we have sold our meats to customers in our region for almost 10 years, in 2022 we launched our Direct Delivery Meat Box Program where we ship our meats frozen to customers nationwide as well as offer Local Delivery in Bend, Oregon.
We do not use chemical fertilizers or pesticides, protecting the soil, the waterways and our bodies. Our farmland is certified Organic and we have helped to transition over 200 acres of previously conventionally farmed land into Organic land managed regeneratively with cover crop and prescriptive grazing.
Our meat & honey products are Land to Market Verified by the Savory Institute. Learn more about our holistic, regenerative land management practices here.
At the heart of our farming ethos is a dedication to biodiversity, sustainability, and biotic health for soils, humans and communities.