About Us

Farm & Rural Business Exchange began with a country dinner around a farm table at Ruby & Amber's Organic Oasis.  Walt and Kris's warmly opened their home to their neighbors to share food and local concerns.  These monthly meetings grew into a staple for the small rural community, who recognized that the beautiful Row River Valley held history, culture, resources, and recreation that should be shared beyond the valley.

Farm tours were scheduled and rural businesses joined in to provide the information within these pages.

We welcome you view our website, but most importantly to explore our forest valley that boasts farms, churches, pioneer cemeteries, covered bridges, biking and riding trails, rural schools, swimming holes, US Forestry hiking trails and camping sites.

Check out our calendar to view farm tour dates, farming and draft horse workshops, herbal walks, Sunshine Club bake sales & bazaars, and well as other community events.

Our location:

The Row River Valley is located south east of Eugene, Oregon - due east of Cottage Grove. Exit 174 - due east.

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Our History:

The earliest residents of the Row River Valley were the Winefelly band of the Kalapuya.  The first evidence of the tribe is an arrow point found on the Mohawk River that dates back to 9500-6000 BC.  An oven for cooking camas roots dating back to 5860 BC was found near Fern Ridge Reservoir.

Local lore has it that the usually peace loving Kalapuya had a battle with the Klamath at Rocky Point on the Row River. The Klamath came over seasonally to fish on the river and one year made off with some Kalapuya women. Old timers say that they found arrowheads there for years.

Mother’s Tea at Culp Creek School (photo source: Dorena Historical Society)

As early as the The valley originally were scattered with small rural towns with names that are only a distant memory such as Star and Wildwood, while other names such as Disston and Culp Creek areas are still used by the locals although they may be difficult to find on a map.  These towns were mill towns and mining towns.  The area fell into an economic slump after mills closed, but the resilient residents remained to seek out new business opportunities in the valley.

(source: Dorena Historical Society)