Five Things You May Not Know About Ioka Farms

by Gayle Gilham on December 31, 2018

in Featured Member


This sixth generation farm is located in the Silverton Hills of Oregon. Did you know…

  1. Martin Doerfler, with his son Joseph and Joseph’s wife Mary, arrived in Oregon in 1877 and began farming their land with a focus on small grain crops. Joseph and Mary raised seven children, with four of their boys (Jake, Joe, Frank and Alexander) staying in the area to continue their farming legacy.
  2. Alexander and his wife Alice had two children, Shirley and David. They settled down to raise hogs, turkeys and Hereford cattle. David urged his father to buy him his first combine at age 10 and they began farming Bentgrass on a portion of the family farm. When David was 14 they were working the whole farm and began leasing additional land. In 1961 David married Rita, and a couple of years later David graduated from Oregon State University and began farming full time with Rita and his father.
  3. In 1968 Shirley, David’s sister, and her husband John Duerst, joined the farm and the name Ioka Farms was formally adopted. The Ioka Farm name was coined by David’s father and came from the Chinook Indians, who had camped on the farm many years ago. Ioka means “a thing of loveliness, or a cherished piece of land noted for its beauty, health and natural fertility.”
  4. Each family had three children and all have been part of the farm’s growth and diversification. Their vision is for future generations to continue the family farm.
  5. Today, three generations manage Ioka Farms as a comprehensive grass and forage seed farm and seed processing plant. The farm has over 5500 acres of contracted varieties of perennial ryegrass; hard, fine and tall fescues; Meadowfoam; small grains; hazelnuts; and timber and Christmas trees.

Cascade is proud to feature Ioka Farms, a symbol of pride of the families that have tended the land for well over 100 years.

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