Summerfield Estates makes annual pilgrimmage to Sauvie Island
Every year, Summerfield Retirement Estates makes an annual pilgrimmage to the Pumpkin Patch at Sauvie Island, and every year, its residents plus other members of the Summerfield community along for the ride return home with some souveniers plus memories of how farm life used to be.
The Pumpkin Patch has something for everyone - acres of pumpkins ready to be harvested, a corn maze, a haunted maze, food to purchase and eat on site or take away, a cow train (cow cars pulled by a tractor), hay rides, an animal barn, a farm store and the Pumpkin Cottage Gift Shop.
The family also brings farming to third-world countries, including so far Rwanda, Ethiopia and South Sudan. The objective of these trips to Africa has been to bring farming expertise to regions where there is a great need for sustainable farming to supply food for the hungry, nutrition to children, care for the widows and orphans, and an income in remote villages to help break the cycle of poverty.
So far the family has helped plant acres of vegetables at orphan schools and plant garden beds in Rwanda and provide seed and personal instruction to planters in South Sudan, plus it has started a small farm in Gojjo, Ethiopia. The familys ultimate goal is to plant model farms that can be reproduced in Rwanda, South Sudan and Ethiopia.