Very unique c. 1930's Fruit Crate "Blue Label"
c. 1900’s, 20th century
© Vintage Winter
Farms is part of a fourth-generation, hundred-year-old family farm
within the city limits of Medford. The family farm was founded by
brothers Leonard and Alfred Carpenter in 1909, who planted 60 acres of
pears using draft horse teams. Although the pears no longer remain, the
Carpenter family farm continues to produce a wide array of
agricultural products and remains a viable farm amidst a sea of
suburban development. The farm as a whole currently produces hay, wine,
and naturally-grown vegetables, though under three separate entities:
Dunbar Orchards (hay), Rocky Knoll (wine), and Dunbar Farms
the Dunbar Farms entity, they are beginning a number of new projects
and experimenting with other agricultural activities, including grain,
eggs, and goat milk production. Their hope is to learn how to generate
more of their own agricultural inputs and resources on the farm — to
“close the loop” and build a more self-sufficient small farm. They are
working to grow their own nutrients (compost crops) and energy
(horse-power) on the farm as well. They have recently purchased a team
of Belgian Draft horses, and are learning to work with the very same
animals that originally plowed the family’s first pear orchards one
hundred years ago.
Mr. Dunbar Carpenter was a longtime orchardist whose
family foundation has granted millions of dollars to local nonprofit
organizations. "He was the model of the best of the whole community," said Dan Thorndike, member of the Carpenter Foundation board of trustees.
Born in 1915 in Medford, Carpenter grew up
outside of Boston, Mass. and earned a bachelor's degree in economics at
Harvard. He and his wife, Jane, moved to Medford in 1946 to take over
the family orchard and farm, now Dunbar Orchards and Rocky Knoll.
addition to work with many agricultural organizations, Carpenter was
involved in the arts, sat on many arts organizations' boards, and
founded what is now the Rogue Gallery. He was also an avid skier.
Carpenter Foundation was established by Dunbar's uncle, orchardist
Alfred S.V. Carpenter, and Helen Bundy Carpenter in 1942. It was then
called the Jackson County Recreation Agency and provided recreational
activities for servicemen at Camp White. The foundation was reorganized
in 1958 as a general-purpose family foundation.
now has assets totaling more than $22 million and gave out more than
$800,000 in grants in 2007 in the arts, education, human services,
public interest and scholarships. The foundation will remain in place,
family members said Tuesday.
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