From our Farmers: Where do all the veggies go?

Brindley and Spencer of Tanager Farm selling their CSA shares at a neighborhood market

This is a farmer-contributed post in our “From our farmers” series, written by Brindley Beckwith and Spencer Suffling of Tanager Farm, both enrolled in our Farm Incubator Program. In this piece, Brindley and Spencer explore options for produce outlets and find a good option in a community venue!

As we were gearing up for our first season with our very own farm and purchasing all the seeds we wanted to grow, we stopped many times and said out loud, “but where will all the veggies go?!” This was both fun and frightening to think about. When you begin the journey of starting your own market farm, you have to think about the various outlets for selling vegetables. Did we want to be a CSA Farm (Community Supported Agriculture)? Or sell to local restaurants? Maybe do wholesale or farmers markets? There are many options, and all are very unique. We knew it was important to understand what the need was, but we also wanted to consider what we would enjoy. So why not try them all?

This is not always the best approach, but we felt that with the support of the Headwaters Incubator Program we were able to start slow (and with limited start-up costs) while getting a feel for the diversity of the Portland Area markets. We learned along the way about where the need was and what we loved to do! Read more

Vacancies for EMSWCD Associate Board Director positions

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) is seeking up to five Associate Board Directors. EMSWCD is a local government entity that serves over 700,000 residents who live, own, and/or manage land east of the Willamette River in Multnomah County, Oregon. The EMSWCD service area encompasses 230,000 acres, which includes the City of Portland and portions of three major watersheds, all of which contribute to the Greater Columbia River Basin.

The EMSWCD Board is composed of five publicly-­elected Board Directors and several appointed Associate Board Directors. Associate Board Directors help EMSWCD achieve its mission to help people care for land and water by participating in monthly board and committee meetings, representing the EMSWCD in the community, and by providing input on programs, policies, and grants. Associate Board Directors are non-staff volunteer positions that do not vote on Board decisions, but may be appointed to Board Committees wherein all Committee members vote. Read more

Unlocking the secrets to soil health

Attention, farmers! Learn how to get the most out of your soil at an upcoming free workshop in Aurora, “Unlocking the Secrets to Soil Health Success in Organic Systems.” The workshop takes place on January 17th; see the flier for additional details.

RSVP for this free workshop: email Ben at ben@tilth.org or call (503) 580-4767.

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Our 2015-16 Annual Report

Find out about the work the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District does! Our 2015-16 Annual Report is now available. You may also download a condensed version of the report in this Annual Brief. The Annual Report covers the work done during our most recent fiscal year; each fiscal year begins on July 1st and ends on June 31st of the next calendar year.

The mission of the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is to help people care for land and water. Our vision is that our lands and waters are healthy and sustain farms, forests, wildlife and communities. You can also learn more about EMSWCD and the work we do in the District in the About EMSWCD section. Contact us at (503) 222-7645 or info@emswcd.org to find out how we can help you care for land and water.

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