Renée Oberdorf started Mizuna Gardens in 1993 after moving from the San Francisco Bay Area to try a new lifestyle in Oregon. Soon after moving, she discovered an absolute passion for gardening. She tried out her idea for a salad market garden, selling at a local farmer’s market the first year. The next year she called Cory Schreiber at Wildwood Restaurant & Bar which had just opened, and the rest is history as they say. Renée holds a master's degree in art and puts that aesthetic training to use in her salad mixes. After 20 years of hard work, her passion for salad gardening continues. When not working in the garden Renée enjoys spending time with her husband, Jon, who is a research scientist at OHSU but often helps with garden chores and deliveries, and their dog, Henry Declan.
Renée extends a huge amount of gratitude to all the wonderful seasonal workers who have helped make Mizuna Gardens successful. Working here requires an attention to detail like no other farm work so the special people who come, and very sadly eventually go, are true superstars.