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Wednesday, July 27, 1994, The Sun 5 The Steve Crowe family posed for this photograph when they Were selected as Polk County Conservation Farmers of the Phil Hodgen Writer, The Sun The Steve Crowe family of Sheri- has a tradition of cooperation has given continuity to ,their amg operation. wife Peggy, 17-year-old Cindy and son Brian, 19, from a longstanding formal that divides the busi- and the work into a functional morn and dad split the four ways. When dad away, he had made arrange- for his share to be split Brian and Cindy," Steve "That's what we are going to with our new produce store in he added. who divides his time working in the woods and the farm, is grateful the closeness of his family. what he thought to be injury in a logging accident it was later learned that he suffered a broken neck improperly. from a 14-hour to correct the damage, he Proud of the efforts his family to assure the continued opera- of the farm. in his second year at Linn- Community College, in with the college's realigned his course e spring to the fall. was in the hospital, they the whole thing. I didn't even to ask Brian to do what he Steve said. Crowes recently purchased cleared the lot next to the post office in preparation eventual construction of a country store which will sell Vegetables and fruits. Still a e of years away, the store will Year-round operation selling grown on the farm in- and shipped fresh from other of the country in the off- "Ever since my folks started here 40 years ago, our berries have grown in popularity. The cannery says there must be something special about this hill. The berries are reported to be more sweet and flavorful than others they process." The family markets their products through fruit stands in Corvallis and Salem and two fruit stands at the coast, in addition to the family farm just outside Sheridan. Each berry patch can last as long as five years, but the Crowes renew them every three years. Besides the berries, the Crowes farm 600 acres of grain. Focusing on the third generation, Peggy and Steve look forward to Cindy and Brian's involvement in the farming and management of their new store. Cindy, a recent graduate of Sheri- dan High School, plans a future in business administration. Her soft spoken father predicts his children will be very busy. "Cindy will have much more to do with it than I will. She and her family currently farms 20 strawberries, boysenberries Peaches on Pleasant Hill Road. kng care of the land, the was honored a few years ago Polk County Soil and Con- District as "Farmers of the are trying to diversify. This are also trying tomatoes, and squash," Steve said. and Repair Makes and Models Small Engines * Brush Cutters Rototillers Generators, etc. ATV's Specials 472-4115 Service at it's Best YamhiU County 45 Years Hwy. 18 - 3 Mile Lane McMinnville Year in 1990. From left are Cindy, Peggy, Steve and Brian. The family plans to open a produce stand in downtown Sheridan. Fine jazz and Northwest artwork join together Aug. 6 for the 4th annual "Jazzed About Art" fundraiser at Sokol Blosser Winery in Dundee. Proceeds benefit Harvest House, a Yamhill County emergency family shelter located in Newberg. Guests will hear the Andre St. James Quartet while they view the works of area artists, including water colors, sculpture, paintings and cera- mics. The quartet is a Portland- based jazz group that performs throughout the Northwest and Cali- fornia. It draws its swinging acoustic sound from the compositions of Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Billy Stmyhorn and brother will do most of the manag- ing. But, as always, the four of us will work together." Peggy has a special reason for seeing the new store become a reality. "Steve's been working in the woods for 25 years. I believe that everything happens for a reason. Those 25 years, Steve's injury and operation and our opportunity to acquire the property for the store have been our destiny, I guess." There must have been some addi- tional destiny in their site selection for the new store. The old Sheridan Sun occupied the site since the turn of the century. After the building was recently burned to clear the property, a fireman found a single, pristine copy of an old newspaper containing a photograph and article detailing Steve's parents' 40th wed- ding anniversary. The Crowes will take their time in finalizing a design for the store. "We want it to fit with Sheridan but still look country. It's important to us that people associate it with our " farm as well as part of the down- town business community," says Steve. The family is sensitive to the competition that their store's Duke Ellington. Opening the program this year will be a 20-piece jazz group com- posed of local musicians led by Dick Elliott. Featured Oregon artists include metal sculptor John Richen of St. Paul; water color artists Judy Buswell of Wiilamina, Kara Pilcher, Kathy Carr and Antoinette DeWit; bronze sculptors Joseph Macy and Anthony Alexander; pastel artist and photographer Deb DeWit- Marchant; and acrylic painter Nat- alie Brandt. Tickets are $30 per person and are available at the door or by calling 538-8396. proximity to the Sheridan Select Market will create. "While we acknowledge that competition will certainly be there, we are not out to hurt anybody," Steve said. "We simply want to expand the farm and give it a city connection." Peggy summarizes the core of her family's way of doing business and being a part of the community. "Even though we are two different generations, we work together co- equally. Some of us may be more visible than others. But for us to be a successful family operation, we have to work with each other first on an equal basis." Obviously, it's not only the soil on Pleasant Hill that makes this family a success. Cindy Crowe weighs berries in field on family's Pleasant Hill farm. "i saw OLDER gROttO. OONG PEOPtL EVERYONE AlJ NIO ONG 11 tEMSEtVES AND n IE MUSIC I ENIO D MYSEI THO HLY, I WANT TO SEE SUPEIL TARAGAIN!" 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"It's based on years of records and involvement in 4-H,"said Bon- nie Overholser, Heidi's mother and a 4-H leader. She described the ambassador program as "a competi- tion among the cream of the 4-H program, the kids who really excel in their areas." Heidi has been involved in 4-H for eight years. Her ambassadorship was awarded in the area of clothing and textiles. All 4-H members are responsible for keeping a permanent record of their participation in 4-H and com- munity activities each year, with a goal of one day becoming a Senior Ambassador. Areas to keep track of include all presentations and pro- jects; camps, tours and advancement programs; leadership in 4-H and school; community service, awards, and many others. Heidi said she spent hours com- piling her years of records and typing a condensed version onto forms for the contest. She also wrote an eight-page essay which summa- rized her 4-H involvement and goals. "It's nothing for the kids to spend two weeks of their spare time get- ting ready for this," Bonnie said. "Basically, it's their life history written down." The reward for all this hard work is a seven-day trip to Florida in December, which includes a back- stage tour of Epcot Center. "Plus, it's a great honor," Heidi said. "You represent your state and the nation for 4-H." Heidi Overholser Heidi mentioned two other rewards she's gained: self- confidence and learning to sew well. "I'm an individual group in clothing, which means I'm on my own. I do anywhere from seven to nine projects per year," she said. Some of her past projects include making a two-piece formal, a two- tiered skirt, vests for McMinnville's Walmart store and a wedding dress. "I'm planning on making an 18th-century hoop dress for the county fair," Heidi added. In addi- tion to modeling, she will also serve as superintendent for all the fashion revues during the Yamhill County fair. 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