Jason Hunton, like his father Tom, grew up working on the family farm just outside of Junction City. In fact, his first job was sweeping the family’s fertilizer plant. In the late 1990s, he attended Colorado State University where he majored in agriculture economics and minored in political science. Since then, Jason has lived all over the world and held a number of positions from import/export in Singapore and custom farming for Los Angeles restaurants to farm equipment sales across the United States and importing Korean silk. Upon returning to Huntons’ Farm in 2009, Jason has taken over much of the farm operations management from his father.
Huntons’ Farm was started by Everett and Ellen Hunton in 1962 growing grass, wheat, and cattle. In his efforts to launch the farm, Everett would work all day at a neighboring farm and rent its equipment in lieu of pay so he could farm his own land through the night. The Huntons’ children, Tom and Deanna, grew up on the farm and were involved in the farming of almost 200 different crops throughout the years. In 1980, Tom started SureCrop Farm Service, a custom farm services company dedicated to the Willamette Valley region. In addition to Huntons’ Farm and SureCrop, the Hunton Family also runs Camas Country Mill, a traditional stone mill producing nutritious cereal grains and flour from their own crops. The Hunton family also takes pride in that for three generations they have practiced wetlands offsetting and wildlife habitat restoration, maintained grass lined waterways to mitigate fertilizer run-off, and taken an active role in the Long Tom Watershed Council.
The Huntons were one of the original commercial growers of meadowfoam. In fact, the very first meadowfoam seed oil was pressed using an old press in the Huntons’ Farm shop in the late 1980s. Given the vast number of specialty crops grown at Huntons’ Farm, they have found meadowfoam a solidly-performing rotational option for the boggy ground on which they grow their annual ryegrass. The Huntons value the cooperative structure of OMG and its relationship with NPP because it allows the growers to have input into the future of the cooperative, but also focuses on long-term sustainability.
Pictured:Jason Hunton checks on the Huntons' Farm’s daikon radish crop