The history of the Lehne farm began in 1938 with the marriage of Myron Lehne and Helen Woodruff. Myron worked for Dillard nurseryman, C. E. Moyer, and the young couple dreamed of one day starting their own nursery. They realized this dream in the early 1940’s with the purchase of the first 10 acres on Cleveland Rapids Road in Garden Valley. Later additional acreage was acquired, bringing Myron and Helen’s farm to a total of 45 acres.
In the early 1970’s Myron and Helen decided to retire, turning over the farm to their two sons, Ray and Norm.
The Norm Lehne Garden and Orchard began in 1974. Norm and Cinda sold vegetables out of their large family garden. As the demand for fresh produce increased, they expanded the garden, and added fruit and hazelnut orchards.
The farm is located just a few miles outside of Roseburg, Oregon, in beautiful Garden Valley. Customers can take a leisurely drive into the country to pick a wide variety of farm-fresh, vine-ripe produce. Upon arrival, customers will find that the Garden is carefully maintained to be as weed free as possible. The Orchard is pruned so that ladders are not needed for picking the fruit.
In addition, Norm Lehne Garden & Orchards is proud to be one of the only farms to use pure well water as the only source for irrigation.
Customers are valued and they will be treated with integrity and courtesy. Norm and Cinda also value their family farm and will carefully manage it in order to maintain its productivity, quality of products, and long-term sustainability. They see themselves as stewards of a natural resource that will one day be managed by another generation.
In 2014, the 3rd generation of the Lehne Family joined Norm and Cinda on the Farm. Their son, Glen, and his wife, Wendy, are now familiar faces here at the Farm. Norm and Cinda are pleased that they have joined them. Glen and Wendy also brought the 4th generation of the Lehne family with them. Their two daughters, Ashlynn and Kylie, are farmers in training!
In 2014, the Lehne Family celebrated two important milestones. First, 2014 was Norm and Cinda’s 40th year of providing farm-fresh produce to Southern Oregon residents. Secondly, the Lehnes celebrated with Glen, their son, as he retired from 20 years of service in the United States Air Force. We look forward to other milestones as the years go by.