Blueberries a way of life for Boring native
For Boring native Lana Davis, raising blueberries was not a lifestyle she sought out. Instead she kind of inherited it — the passion and the nearly 760 plants that make up Davis Farms.
"It's kind of rewarding to see (that) you planted this plant and (watched) it grow," Davis explains. "They're like kids — you've got to nurture them. It's delightful to grow your own fruit and know where it came from."
Though the longtime office manager for West Coast Industrial Lumber never set out to be a farmer, she's found it's in her blood, and she enjoys it. Her grandfather grew berries in Boring, and her mother required Davis and her siblings to pick berries to earn money for school clothes when they were children. Mom loved to pick, but not eat, blueberries.
"Mom always made us pick berries," Davis recalls. "Mom was a picking machine."
Back then Lana didn't especially love the particular pastime, but it became a part of her lifestyle after she and her mother purchased their Eagle Creek farm a little more than 20 years ago, plants and all.
Now, she loves having fresh produce right outside her front door.
And though her mother is no longer around to enjoy picking berries with her, Davis' two sons often come to help.
"I like to farm," the 58-year old says. "I like plants. It keeps me active, (and) it's kind of therapeutic for me. It's hard work, but it keeps me going."
The poor weather this winter has kept her and her sons from visiting the Mount Hood Farmers Market so far this season, but she anticipates being there with berries galore after a few weeks of summer sun.
"I like interacting and socializing," she says. "It's a new venture — meeting the people, our community, (and) I'm excited about it."