La Terra Vita Springs Grows Food in Challenging Climate

La Terra Vita is a community-based working and educational farm in Ashland, Oregon and is growing herbs and fruit trees at 4,700 feet in a Growing Dome Greenhouse. That’s not particularly high in elevation compared to many gardens in the Rocky Mountains, but this farm is unique in that they have a much better-growing environment just down the road in the Willamette Valley. Founders Regina Manian and Elise and Jeff Higley chose the spot for its complexity, challenge and beauty. They are looking to show others what’s possible even when growing conditions are not ideal. They have a number of projects going at once including propagation in a 33′ Growing Dome greenhouse, an outdoor herb garden, an experimental orchard, a mushroom barn, bee hives, and much more. They are a stunning example of what diversification can do for a small farm and what a small sustainable center can do to change the world.

Their story was featured in a recent local newspaper article. To read more click the link below.

“Growing Food on a Mountain” at 

To learn more about the great work going on at La Terra Vita Springs visit their website and/or their Facebook page: Facebook La Terra Vita

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Kyle joined the Growing Spaces team in 2015, and enjoys being involved in all the exciting projects and developments happening around here!I graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in 2009 and moved to Gunnison, Colorado to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies. After graduating from Western State Colorado University, I moved back to my home town Pagosa Springs. Since moving back home in 2013, I have been working to develop a farm in Arboles. In my spare time, one may find me backpacking in the wilderness, cruising on a mountain bike, slacklining in the park, or skiing Wolf Creek. I also enjoy creating art when I am not outdoors. The mediums that I enjoy working with are yarn, canvas and paint, and clay. I have been experimenting with aquapoinics and am always excited to share knowledge on the subject with others. I joined the Growing Spaces team in 2015, and enjoy being involved in all the exciting projects and developments happening around here!

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