Our family’s long time passion for waterfowl hunting led us to be avid proponents of wetland conservation. In the 1980’s Dave and Kathy Rogers began to investigate ways to protect and enhance wetlands as well as be a productive farm. Their search led them to an OSU professor who suggested that Oregon had the potential to successfully grow wild rice. We became the first farm to commercially grow wild rice here in the Willamette Valley. By the 1990’s a variety of native wetland plants began to volunteer in the ponds and marshy ground of the rice fields and we became aware that, with the increasing interest in wetland restoration, both privately and publicly, there was a market for native wetland seed.
Since then, we have expanded the marshy areas to encompass over 700 acres here in the Mid-Willamette Valley that not only produce many varieties of wetland plants but are home to hundreds of nesting birds and a resting area for thousands of migrating waterfowl. To view a video of our farm, (click here.) We are pleased to be a family operation that involves our children and grandchildren in various aspects of the farm. Many local folk as well as family members help during harvest when much of the seed needs to be hand picked.
This year we have available nearly 70 varieties of native wetland seed and a number of introduced varieties to attract waterfowl. Each year we have increased our selection and sometimes have varieties available that have not yet been listed. If you do not see what you are looking for, please ask. To see the faces behind our company, click the button below.
OUR RIVER REFUGE FAMILY
Owners Dave and Kathy Rogers started this business in the 1990's. What began as a hobby farm, later grew into a family legacy. Kathy handles most of the office work while Dave enjoys spending most of his time moving dirt, creating and maintaining ponds.
Chris is the oldest grandson and handles all of the orders and shipping for the business. If you call our number, Chris is the one you will most likely be talking to. His wife, Melissa, enjoys taking photographs of the farm and handles anything media related for the business including the website, videos, catalogs and social media accounts. Their children, Lia and Will, both love living on the farm and helping out when they can.
Griffen, the youngest grandson, is the operations manager. With over 100 ponds and fields to keep track of, he always has his work cut out for him. His wife, Telisha, helps out with many different things on the farm including seed picking, seed cleaning, mowing, combining and more. Their son Allan and dogs Allie and Stella keep us all smiling.
Jason, another grandson, is our lead mechanic. When he's not elbow deep in grease he helps with many other day to day needs on the farm.
Melissa, a family friend, does a little bit of everything on the farm from seed cleaning to combining and always manages to outwork us all.
Soren is a rare find these days when it comes to hard working young men. We were lucky enough to find him a few years back. When he is not at school or playing football, he is working his tail off for us doing just about everything.