My brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Maggie Tauber (M&M), are true Los Angeles kids. Growing up in North Hollywood and Burbank, these urbanites have been living in the greater L.A. area for most of their lives. Their house in Manhattan Beach is near all three of their grown up boys as well as their privately owned indoor/outdoor plant
business. Reliable Plant Service customers are Hollywood stars, record and movie companies, hospitals, and local businesses. So I was surprised when M&M started speaking about a farm in Oregon, possibly to retire there. They had a dream and four years ago, they purchased this land, now called Maggie’s Farm (yes, Maggie’s name plus a Bob Dylan reference). M&M continue to run their business, with the help of their 3 sons and staff, both while in L.A. and when they reside up north.
Prior to this trip, Colin and I had not visited the property, so this was our first glimpse and vacation with M&M at their northern location. They were gracious enough to host us for 10 days (!); we visited quaint towns, a winery, picked pumpkins, walked the trails to the Prospect Waterfalls, played concerts for two sets of M&M’s friends, and attended Shakespeare’s play Hamlet in Ashland (at an outside, look-alike England’s Globe theater no less). We also loved chilling out by the Rogue River at the foot of their property where Michael attempted to show Colin how to fish. What a great time we had!
Eagle Point, Rogue River Valley
The farm is located in Eagle Point, near the town of Shady Grove in the Rogue River Valley. The 9 acres spread through old pine forests, grasslands, tilled land and now they have added plant, flower, and vegetable gardens and gather produce from their fruit trees. There are stables, barns, work sheds, and garages which hold all the parafanalia which is needed to properly run and cultivate the farm. The potential is to have animals too, but currently, just Sammy, their beautiful yellow Labrador, lives with them, moving back and forth from L.A. to OR when ever M&M drive (vs. flying). The property butts up against the Rogue River so after a day of working improvements to the land, M&M head toward the river. Michael, an avid fly-fisherman, fishes every day (catch & release) and Maggie is comforted by the zen-like sounds of the moving water as she reads a book, watches wildlife, or sips a glass of wine. Ah, the perfect balance of life in rural, southern Oregon. Thank you, sweet M&M for providing a long rest from our travels, laundry facilities, great company, and opportunities for fun and relaxation. We love you.
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Playing for friends at Maggie’s Farm
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Maggie's Farm at Eagle Point, Oregon