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Tollen Farm
11681 S.W. Tooze Road
Wilsonville, OR 97070

503.682.1604
info@tollenfarm.com
Links:
http://tollenfarm.blogspot.com
http://www.mthoodterritory.com
http://www.wilsonvillechamber.com
http://www.Oregonhorsecountry.com
http://farmlandiafarmloop.com/
From the Farm
Discover an exciting array of flowers, herbs and other plants that will add natural beauty and color to your home and garden. You’ll find everything you need to enhance your outdoor living space, from containers and trellises to arbors and benches.

Although we offer plants for sale, we aren’t a nursery. Our main focus is on home and garden décor.

You can also select one of our "gardens to go!" These lovely groupings of plants available in a variety of interesting containers are an easy way to add color to your porch, deck or yard.

Our Commitment to the Environment

At Tollen Farm, we’re dedicated to being eco-friendly. Our apple and filbert orchards are never sprayed because we want to ensure our animals graze in chemical-free pastures. This is better for the market sheep we raise and for the people who come to visit us!

Hampshire Sheep and Miniature Donkeys

Tollen Farm has been raising Hampshire Sheep since 1979. We sell breeding stock and market lambs. Two years ago when our Hampshire ram needed to be replaced, we decided to try a whiteface ram for a change. We raise market lambs for 4 H project lambs and for our private customers.

The goal was to see what kind of market lambs we would get. We bred our Hampshire ewes to a Romney ram. We wanted some lambs that would have some eye catching markings because that would be the type lamb that just might catch the judge’s eye in the show ring for a youngster at the county fair. The lambs were super! Very vigorous, up on their feet in mere minutes after they were born and cute as they could be!

There is always something new to learn when you are raising livestock and we never stop learning!

Our Hampshire ewes are slowly going to be out numbered by the new crossbred ewe lambs. If you are interested in purchasing a lamb, get in touch with Tonie in June.

We also raise Mediterranean Miniature Donkeys to sell as family pets and guard animals for other livestock. We have been raising Miniature Donkeys since 1998. These adorable animals are especially fond of people – and carrots! As herd animals, the donkeys prefer to have friends, so we usually sell them in pairs.

Tollen Farm is a member of ADMS, the American Donkey and Mule Society. All of our donkeys are registered animals with ADMS. The pedigrees on some of our donkeys go back to animals that came from Sardinia which is the homeland of the Mediterranean Miniature Donkey. At the present time we have a good selection of donkeys on the farm. Female donkeys are called Jennys and males are called Jacks.

Donkeys come in a variety of coat shades; the most common one is Gray-Dun. We have Gray-Dun, Dark Brown, Slate Gray, and Red-Brown Jennys. Our herd stud Jack is a spotted by the name of “Cowboy." His son, “Cisco Kid” is a dark brown Jack. Comanche Moon is our third jack. He is the youngest of the three and is spotted like his sire, Cowboy.

Every year on the third Saturday in May, from 1 to 4, Tollen Farm hosts a Donkey Birthday Party!

We started it when two of our Jennys were yearlings. You provide the carrots or make a donation to the carrot fund and we

Provide the carrot cake and lemonade!

Come on out and enjoy the experience.

We guarantee that you will come again!

Be sure to bring your camera!



Why do we raise them? Mini donkeys have very nice laid back friendly personalities. They LOVE people! They consider you part of their herd. They come to you instead of running the other way. Donkeys are ”easy keepers”, which means that caring for them is not difficult or expensive, unlike some other equine species can turn out to be. They are good with kids. Minis can carry up to 75 pounds and pull 500 pounds when full grown. They are also used as guard animals with other livestock, such as sheep.

The American Hampshire Sheep Association is where all pure-bred ”Hamps” are registered. When we began raising them in 1979, we joined that organization. Our Rams are always registered stock but we have not kept up with the registration of our ewes.


Arabian Horses Arrive

Tonie and a friend saw an article in the paper and on a web site, regarding a group of abandoned horses that were to be auctioned off at a farm in Molalla, Oregon. They decided to go to the sale, but had no intention of buying any horses-they were simply curious about them. Tonie’s friend had grown up on a farm and had horses, she, on the other hand, had ridden horses as a kid, but never owned a one.

When they saw the animals, they were hooked.

Tonie bought one horse and her friend bought three with the intention of finding them good homes.

Neither one of them had a horse trailer or any way to transport the animals! The next day, the 4 horses were delivered to Tollen Farm for safe keeping until fences could be built at the other farm.

The three Mares purchased by Tonie’s friend soon became a large part of her livestock family. Her friend could see this clearly.

One day he told her that he could see how much they loved her and she loved them and he wanted her to have then all!

WOW, she was blown away! She had wanted a horse all her life and NOW SHE HAD 4!!!

The mares are all Arabians. Two are full blood and 2 are half. One of the full bloods is a pure Polish Arabian sired by SS HYPNOTIC.

The other Arabian mare is a grand daughter of HUCKELBERRY BEY.

Even though getting to know each horse and their personalities has been a challenge, it has been very enjoyable as each one is different.

HUCKSTER, (as we call her around here), is the boss. All she has to do is lay back her ears and everyone else moves out of the way. She used to try to buffalo Tonie too, but has discovered that won’t work so she follows her around like a puppy dog. “Huck” used to jump at every little thing and run around rearing up at all the fence lines – now she just does it to show off.

“SUNNY” is the youngest mare. She really does act like a baby. In fact, her nick name around the farm is “Baby Girl”. She is a slow learner, but tries her best to do what you are asking her to do. She is friendly and loves attention although she steers clear when Huckster is nearby!

POLLY is a pure Polish Arabian. She was not willing to be touched when she arrived. She would not let Tonie brush her without trying to bite her and she was cautious around other people. She never came up to be petted and was hard to catch and halter. And forget checking her feet! Now she likes to be brushed, and will lift her feet to be checked and trimmed. She has come a long way.

Last, but not least, is SNOWY. She is half Arabian and a beautiful half Pinto. She is now registered as half Arabian and will also be registered as half Pinto. She is also a Sweepstakes Futurity entry in the Arabian Horse Registry. She too, would not let anyone touch her legs or feet when she arrived.

Now she loves kids and is always the first one to the fence to check out small visitors. Nothing fazes her anymore. She has settled in and is the “get along with everyone” horse.

Although none of the horses are broke to ride yet, we continue to care for and work with them every day, as well as all the other animals on Tollen Farm. Come visit us!

About Our Llama

Jamocha Almond Fudge was born here on the farm in the summer of 2008.

She lost her mother when she was only 10 weeks old.

Tonie and an old momma ewe became her closest friends.

She spent the first winter of her life with old momma ewe, Comanche Moon,( a little jack donkey who's momma died on New Year's Day when he was just a few months old,) and 3 ewe lambs. She bonded with all of them but really considers the old ewe her special responsibility!

Everywhere that ewe goes, Jamocha has her eye on her.

One day last fall, old momma stumbled and fell and Jamocha ran over to her to see if she was ok. She stayed with her until she got back up and was walking around.

When people come to the farm to visit, she always checks everyone out. She will come up to the fence and sniff your face and give you "llama kisses".

Do not pet her. Just let her come to you. LLamas are very protective of their "charges". She considers all the sheep to be hers to watch over!

DOLLY and BABY

Our two Romanian/Husky sheep dogs are very friendly. They will NOT jump on you but they will greet you if they are out.

They always let us know when someone is here.

The two are full sisters and have lived here on the farm since they were 8 weeks old. They LOVE chasing squirrels!

OH, they also like to DIG for gophers and moles. Their ears are so tuned that they can hear those critters working under ground!

Watch where you walk so you don't fall in one of their current projects!