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We have done it! GeerCrest Farm is on its way to be preserved as a

Living History Site!


18 years ago, it was a sleepy, abandoned farm.

This was a twenty acre remainder of a 640 acre land claim. Locals called it the Old Geer Place – a beautiful site of very old trees, knee-high grass and large blackberry thickets. The historic farm house, with its weather-beaten porch and a collapsed corner, painted a picture of the past slipping away.



GeerCrest Farm is a homestead.

It serves as a classroom, while it provides food for  the farm family, hundreds of students & many guests. The skills and culture of a land-based way of life is being lived and taught by the multi-generational farm family through the Farm Life Experience Program. GeerCrest Farm is once again remembered as a historic landmark. Our Riding Whip Tree is a State Heritage Tree. A Memorial Orchard of apple and pear varieties, established in 1848, is in its nursery stage. And a grove of historically significant trees is under consideration for State Heritage Tree nomination!


The farm house and stone house are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The core of it all is GeerCrest Farm’s amazing history, which provides the foundation for our preservation effort and integrates its various facets. Our archives contain the story of the land and its people from the time of settlement to today. The entire collection has been digitized, indexed and is being annotated right now. By early 2018 it will be accessible to the public. Stories of the land and its people bring our historic structures, homestead, farm life curriculum, heritage skills and artifacts to life. Today’s generations evolve an ongoing culture with their experiences and new generations will take this living continuum into the future.

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Over 500 students have immersed themselves into the farm’s life and history this past year.

 We had six week-long Farm Life Camps, monthly farm dinners, and hosted private events. Grants from the Willamette University and The Kinsman Foundation are helping build a fiber studio and restore the historic stone house.

Our next, crucial, step is to raise funds to bridge the gap between where we are today
(after developing the Living History Site over the past eighteen years) and where we need
to be in order to strengthen what we have created. We have plans to repair, restore and improve farming infrastructure, historic buildings.

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Your monthly gift will ensure this place continues to grow for many generations to come.

We invite you to join us now, as part of our extended farm family.

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Donate today & become part of this amazing transformation.

GeerCrest Farm & Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.

All donations are tax deductable.

Thank you for your gift to our Winter Fund 2017.

I loved the way I really felt accepted into the farm family and was able to contribute and really help out. I learned skills that will help me in the future
— Kate, student
  $15 a month -  Monthly giving sustains us through seasonal changes
  $35 -  Provides one day of food and care for goats and sheep
  $60 -  Provides one day of food and care for all livestock
  $150  - Maintains the National Historic Site
  $500  - Retains our hardworking farmers and educators
  $275 -  Operates the Homestead Classroom for one day
  $1,000  - Makes you a 2017 Farm Sponsor-recognition on website, Facebook page, and newsletters. Complimentary admission for immediate family at the Summer Hoedown and Fall Harvest Fest.
There is a palpable sense of purpose in the work that has to be love which is the greatest life lesson I could ever hope for my children to receive. When you love your life and you know who you are-effort, though challenging ceases to be drudgery work.

You are creating magic at GeerCrest and fulfilling a need we didn’t even know we had! I am so honored to join your family and be part of so beautiful a gift to humanity.
— Sarah, parent

-  The Farm Wishlist -

“In-kind” Donations are also greatly appreciated, and are also tax deductible.  If you or someone you know may be able to help please e-mail us at  Thank you for your support!

Cured Firewood- Its always a push to cure enough firewood to stay warm most winters. Donated cured firewood, or purchasing of cured firewood would be greatly appreciated (wood at any stage, if it will make good firewood, is warmly accepted)

Comforters, Quilts & mattress covers for twin, double & queen beds (No sheets, please. We have plenty!) as well as Electric Blankets

ORGANIC COFFEE (for school groups and visitors) or coffee grinder

Vitamix blender

Good quality tools (shovels, rakes, pitchforks, etc.)

Fencing & Building materials

Large, front - load clothes dryer.


Gift cards:


Check out our WISH LIST on Amazon


If you or someone you know are able to donate any of these items please call or e-mail us at