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About the Dirtbox

The Dundee Dirtbox is a community-supported agriculture (CSA) project located in the heart of Oregon wine country, run by Nadine Lew and Jon Basile.  We feel lucky to live in the fertile and lush Willamette Valley and have been growing grapes, veggies and flowers here for several years using biodynamic and organic farming techniques. The summer of 2009 was our first CSA season, when shares were split between friends and neighbors and many hands made light work…  We enjoyed ourselves so much, that we decided to brave the economic uncertainties of farming, and made the CSA a full-time endeavor! In 2010, our good friends Corby, Rollin and Cody from ROCO Winery offered up an acre more of fertile land in Dundee, our friends from Harlow Hills started producing the most amazing goat cheese we’ve ever tasted, our chickens started laying eggs like it’s their job… and the CSA keeps growing and growing.

About Nadine… Nadine has spent  “too long” in school, with degrees in both Medical Genetics from McGill University, and Viticulture from UCDavis, and has been working for the last 10 years or so as a Biodynamic/Organic winegrape grower for various wineries up and down the West Coast. She’s made a career of working with problem soils, ecological systems, and talking til she ‘s blue in the face about the connection between how we farm, what we eat and drink, and our ultimate health and vitality. Finally, one night last spring among friends, food and roaring campfire…  the idea took hold… why not grow good healthy food and share it with the community? And so here we are.

About Jon… Jon is truly the ‘Renaissance Man’ of our time. He can build just about anything, sew, bake, climb, draw, throw pottery, tie knots, paint, play drums and drive big trucks… skills that are critical to the success of this project. Jon’s quoted as saying “if I could bear babies, I would”. Everyone else is quoted as saying “Jon, don’t you ever get tired of being awesome?”  Trained in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Jon is happiest when he’s tinkering away in his shop at the Dirtbox (aka: “bouldering gym”) or baking pizzas in his cobb oven in the garden. Fortunately for Nadine, Jon is a patient soul and doesn’t seem to mind being  forced to dig potatoes against his will. Oh, and all those beautiful flower and herb bundles you’ve been getting? All Jon.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2011 6:34 pm

    Hey you!
    I found your website through facebook via Steve Cooper. He is a friend of Angela Kitchens whom I know from high school, when I was staying in the US as an exchange student many years ago. My husband and I are cycling from Vancouver Canada to El Paso TX and then from Ecuador down south as far as we can get, starting in July.
    As coming from Europe, Germany to be precise we are very interested in organic farming and sustainable living. I know I am being very bold here, but maybe we could come to see your farm and MAYBE set up our tent on your grounds for a night? Is Dundee south of Portland because we will definately be going there.
    Have a great summer just enough rain and sun so that your plants and animals prosper.
    Alexandra Hübner

    • Kelly Garvie permalink
      May 7, 2011 10:30 am


      I always knew you were one of a kind…and, from time to time over the past 18 or so years, have tried to imagine what you may have been up to. Sorry it has taken so long for me to explore this little ol’ Dundee Dirt box business of yours. I’m impressed, but by no means surprised. Congrats on all that you have achieved thus far and good luck with all that you set out to achieve.

      Promise to pay more attention to my herbs from now on:)


      • nadinelew permalink*
        May 7, 2011 2:08 pm

        thanks kelly! we’ve both come a long way from where we started, yes?

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