You’ll want to know who’s growing in your neighbourhood.
Your neighrbourhood Urban Farmer knows your soil better than just about anyone. Having worked in it in all kinds of weather, this neo-agrarian has given it careful consideration from an ecological and agronomic standpoint. And, no one has bothered to consider the land in SE Portland this way for quite a long time.
There are more people farming and practicing the Agricultural Arts in Portland than you may have suspected.
Some of the SE Urban Farmers use a dedicated plot of land, many use a distributed model (or combination thereof) that knits together plots from several nearby neighbourhoods. Regardless, each knows her or his own “stompin’ grounds” intimately, including hydrology, soil-typing, dead-recogning nutritional analysis, prevalent weed ecology and all that good stuff that determines what makes a plant grow well as it varies by place within our larger Cascadian region and apart from management practices.
Permaculture enthusiasts might think of these neighbourhoods that the Urban Farmers of SE come home to sleep in (most nights) as a larger sort of home zone. We should have our little plants and seeds that require attention in these “high traffic) areas, no?
Find it all at home in perpetuity by working with your local farmer
The farms listed here practice a wide variety of approaches to delivering the highest quality produce, grains, herbs, plants, meats, eggs, milk, fiber and flowers to the People of Portland. Some use CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or subscriptions. Some use barter and sell to restaurants, home-delivery clients. Some folks garden for folks directly. Some operate as non-profit entities (on purpose).
It’s hard to do the good work of establishing an agricultural framework in a major North American city. Thankfully, your can help secure a local foodshed by supporting your neighbourhood (or nearby) Urban Farmer.
Urban Agriculture and Horticulture in SE Portland, by Neighborhood
East Moreland and Reed
- Dan of City Garden Farms
- Marie of the Sellwood Garden Club
- Farmer K of Sunroot Gardens CSA
Mt. Scott and Arleta
- Donna and Robin of Your Backyard Farmer
- Deva of Sunroot Gardens
You should check these folks out if you’ve got a big, sunny yard you’d like to use, become a member of a CSA or have produce home-delivered. Follow the links to find out what each farmer in your and nearby neighbourhoods has to offer.
Playing Catch-up Elsewhere in PDX
If you’re outside the paradise that is SE Portland, you may want to check out these folks in other parts of town and the near-town:
- Kelly of Amaranth Produce
- Chris and Nolan of Wealth Underground
- Cedar Moon CSA @ Tryon
If you know someone who should be on the list, please do comment or post the web-mistress w/ a friendly email to let her know you’re out there.