a few words about Ioka Farms
Ioka Farms is a 6th generation farm located in the Silverton Hills of Oregon.
Martin Doerfler, with his son Joseph and Joseph’s wife Mary, arrived in Oregon in 1877 and began farming the land with a focus on small grain crops. Joseph and Mary raised 7 children and 4 of the boys, Jake, Joe, Frank, and Alexander, stayed in the area to farm.
Alexander coined the business name Ioka Farm from the Chinook Indians, who had camped on the farm many years ago. Ioka means “a thing of loveliness, or a cherished piece of land noted for its beauty, health, and natural fertility.” Alexander married Alice and had two children, Shirley and David. They settled down to raise hogs, turkeys, and Hereford cattle.
David urged his father Alexander to buy him his first combine at age 10 and they began farming Bentgrass on a portion of the family farm. When David was 14, they were working the whole farm and began leasing additional land. For several years, father and son expanded including more land into their operation. David was married to Rita in 1961. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1963 and began farming full time with Rita and his father. In 1968 David’s sister Shirley, and her husband John Duerst, joined the farm and the name Ioka Farms, Inc. was formally adopted.
Each family had 3 children and all have been part of the farm’s growth and diversification. The vision is for future generations to continue the family farm. Today three generations manage Ioka Farms as a comprehensive grass and forage seed farm and seed processing plant. The farm has over 5,000 acres of contracted varieties of perennial ryegrass, hard, fine and tall fescues, Meadowfoam, small grains, hazelnuts, and timber and Christmas trees. Ioka Farms is a symbol of pride of the families that have tended the land for over 100 years.
Meet Our Team
President of Ioka Farms
Sr. VP of Production + Operations
VP of Ioka Farms
VP of Field Crop Production
Treasurer + CFO
Production Office Manager + Human Resources
Donations & Sponsorships
Silverton FFA Supporter
Regis High School Foundation Supporter
Victor Point School
Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation
Silverton Hospital Auxiliary Supporter
Silverton Hospital Foundation Supporter
Alzheimer’s Association Supporter
Willamette Valley Hospice Supporter
Center Stage Silverton Supporter
Marion-Polk Food Share Supporter
Oregon Garden Foundation Supporter
Union Gospel Mission Supporter
ALS Association of Oregon
Mt Angel Oktoberfest Supporter
Seed Pac Supporter
Silverton Area Community Aid Supporter
Silverton High School Alumni Association
National Small Business Association
Silverton Zenith Woman’s Club
Chemeketa Farm Business Advisory Committee Member