A BRIEF HISTORY
Sidewalk’s End Farm started in 2010 with two of us wanting to grow as much of our own food as possible while living in the close-knit urban environs of Southeast Portland. Then we found two more farmers to join our collective efforts. Wanting to get some community support for our project, we decided to follow in the footsteps of Portland’s innumerable urban farmers and launch a micro-CSA and market farm through which to distribute our surplus. After two successful seasons, and the coming-and-going of a few farmers, we begin the 2012 season with a few new projects. Our gardens include 5 plots in SE and 1 larger plot in Canby, OR. We travel by bicycle and truck to farm these plots beyond organically.
VEGETABLE AND FLOWER STARTS FOR SALE
This year we have a new offering of carefully tended organic flower, vegetable, and herb starts that we will sell, trade, and share to sustain ourselves and the farm projects. Starts will be available beginning in mid-March, and we will offer seasonally appropriate varieties through June. Come and get ‘em at Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply in SE Portland, at local farmer’s markets peddled by the farmers, and available through direct ordering. Contact us directly to make large orders for your summer garden!
Please send us an email for scheduled availability, locations, and ordering info.
As we move away this year from the CSA model, this year we try our hand at a growers cooperative.
This year we have also begun the creation of a perennial herb sanctuary at our old Kenilworth farmstead, focusing on medicinal and otherwise beneficial species.
We realize that, in order to have a year-round supply of vegetables, a grower is challenged to grow almost all of that full year’s supply in the course of about 7 months. That’s not to say that winter gardening doesn’t provide. In Oregon, it does provide…..greens. But, to get the quantity and diversity of foodstuffs that we want to eat all winter and into spring, we have to grow most of that winter food in the summer and early fall, when the days are long and the delicious carbohydrates develop rapidly. Some seasonal humility, an ounce or two of peak-oil-climate-change-disaster-capitalist-doomerism, and the feeling that hearty crops like potato, winter squash, leek, carrot and beet are some of the best food there is, has inspired us to create our niche in “late season” storage crops farming. If they are adapted to local conditions, produce abundantly, thrive (or at least survive) in adversity, store well in the field or in the cellar, and provide large amounts of nutrition per unit of land cultivated…we call them “Apocalypticrops.” We’ll enjoy them this winter and save seed for another.