The Blanchet Farm is located in Yamhill County, near Carlton, Oregon. The farm was purchased in 1962 and is over 60-acres in size. The mission of the farm is to provide a space far away from the temptations of city life where men suffering with addictions can actively work on their recovery. The farm has been successful in changing lives and is a thriving place with several different types of operations.
22 men live at the farm. Most arrive by referrals from various recovery and rehab agencies in the area. Our on-site case manager Vicky Spear interviews each man interested in entering the farm program. All men are required to work a full day in one of several areas including woodworking, gardening, animal care and cleaning. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings are held nightly on the property, with the exception of Friday and Sunday nights when men are allowed to go to outside meetings in either Newberg or McMinnville.
Work on the farm consists of caring for the 300 egg laying hens, feeding hogs and keeping their pens clean, maintenance of the buildings, lawn and brush cutting, vehicle repair, wood shop assignments, meal prep and pruning of bushes and fruit trees. Most of the equipment for farm operations and food for the residents are in-kind donations. (Please refer to the right hand column for the Farm’s Wish List.)
One of the principal activities at the farm is a woodworking shop, located in the former laundry room. Some of the previous guests have had woodworking skills and passed on those skills to others before leaving. Besides producing the farms trademark Adirondack chairs, the shop also created all wood furniture for the downtown Blanchet facility. These included tables and stools for the dining hall as well as dressers, desks and nightstands for the upstairs housing units.
The Blanchet Farm is an active place that generates a good deal of pride, skills and self esteem in the men who reside there. Far away from the temptations of downtown, the men who come to the farm have a chance to get back on their feet and become farmers at work.
To learn more about the Blanchet Farm, please contact the Farm Manager Ross Sears at email@example.com or at (503)-852-6626.