30045 Hentze Lane, Junction City Oregon 97448 (541) 998-8944
Since 1902, five generations of the Hentze family have lived on a small river bottom farm located two miles due east of Junction City, Oregon. The distinctive farming style practiced by the Hentze clan can be traced back to Johan and Arine Hentze who immigrated to the United States from the Faroe Islands. For more than a century the unspoken goal, “to perpetuate the good life", has driven family members to persevere in the creation of this small but operational farm.
The Hentze journey begins on a sparsely populated archipelago in the mid-north Atlantic Ocean between Norway and Iceland. Johan and Arine were born and raised on the Faroes, however, because their desire to marry was met with staunch resistance they fled the islands in the late 1880s and were married in Denmark. Their aim to immigrate to the United State was improbable since they were a young couple and likely lacked the necessary funds to make the trip across the Atlantic. It is our understanding that sponsorship by the Danish Lutheran Church of America enabled them to realize their vision to immigrate to the USA and build a new life.
It was in 1902 that Johan and Arine arrived in Junction City, OR where their life-long friend and realtor, A.C. Nielsen had purchased an option on 1600 acres of prime farm ground. A.C. divided the property into parcels ranging in size from 20 to 80 acres. Johan and Arine purchased a 42 acre parcel which is now known as the "Hentze Farm". The adventurous couple "raised a small number of hogs, cows and chickens. They cultivated small fields of wheat and barley, had twelve acres of prune orchard and harvested some potatoes to sell. There was also a large house garden with greed and red cabbage, beans, peas, corn and strawberries. The garden also featured curly kale, the essential base for a prized soup."(From "Oregon Danish Colony"/Gerald Rassmussen and Otto N. Larson)
Ejner, Johan and Arines' eldest son,
and his wife Olga planted cherry and walnut orchards. They also
cultivated boysen and loganberries. They were able to purchase several
additional pieces of property in the Junction City area. They hired local
youth to help cultivate and harvest their crops; a practice still utilized
The Hentze farm has become a popular destination for home food preservers from the communities of Junction City, Eugene and Springfield. The farm draws customers from all over the state and has had visitors from all corners of the world. The family see the farm as a passionate work in progress and is looking forward with the unspoken goal to perpetuate the good life squarely in sight.