The Farmers

Holly

Has worked in biodynamic and organic agriculture, and come out the other side with a few convictions, a lot of skepticism and excitement to keep learning about producing food in human environments, and the myriad projects that unfold alongside this CSA. She is waiting for it to stop raining, but in case it never stops she is working in the collective on how we’ll eat through the apocalypse, or at least climate change.

Tom

A New England transplant several years ago, he is still enamored with the abundance of fruits and vegetables our city provides.  He has spent the last few years teaching gardening at a local elementary school, contemplating the adventures of living with strippers, boys liking boys, eating worm poop, the ethics of policing, and international corn markets with seven-year-olds over mugs of calendula-borage tea.  His nostalgic northeast protestant roots are strong, and he still can’t shake the feeling that he’s tending the beguiling fodder of the devil’s pastures.

Caitlin

New to Portland and farming in the city, she is happy to be here and working alongside Holly this season. Most of her farm experience comes from Vashon Island in Washington, growing vegetables, shacking up in tiny cabins and raising pigs. She loves to grow anything that can be pickled, and has big plans to woo you with her jams and kimchi.  As part of Sidewalk’s End this year, she hopes to grow enough potatoes, beans, onions and squash to last through the winter and sweat her way through “Power Thursdays” with Holly as they embark on their new lady-farmer partnership.

Jud

The reluctant farmer. After several days at his first organic farming internship he decided he would never be a farmer as such. Too much of the same thing, without enough big picture thinking. Instead he cast about for other ways to live in the land. But now, four years and several gardens later, as a part of the Sidewalk’s End Collective, this urban farming/gardening thing seems likes the most reasonable thing to do, given the situation. He hopes that a much more diverse, resilient and experimental program in collective self-sufficiency can be developed from the seeds planted by Sidewalk’s End.

Rachel

A part-time farmer who can’t stay away from the gardens despite being busy with massage school and working at a beekeeping supply store.  She has cultivated a love of plants, traversing Shenandoah counting Vaccinium and Kalmia stems on the Park Service botany crew, inhaling the intoxicating smell of an acre of basil while working on an organic culinary herb farm, and being an obsessive roadside botanist while biking.  While she would rather be ambling the woods wild-crafting most of her food and herbs, gardening is the next best thing, and she wishes to garden in a more ecologically-inspired way.

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