Get to know the farmers engaged in our Headwaters Farm Incubator program! Our farmers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures and experiences as farmers.
Quinn and Theus
Farm Punk Salads
Quinn: an artist who picked up farming.
Theus: a farmer who picked up an artist.
These two Farm Punks comprise the salad-specific farm that is Farm Punk Salads. Quinn and Theus came into farming after a life on the road together. Quinn had recently parted ways from art school, looking for a new medium that was as functional as it was beautiful, and Theus came from the outdoor trad rock climbing community, and was wanting a way to give back to his community. After returning to Portland after their many travels, they found a deeper sense of home within the farming community. While working on local farms like Skyline Farm, Cully Neighborhood Farm, and Full Plate Farm, they hatched the idea of Farm Punk Salads.
Their mission? To get people stoked on salad by providing mouth watering salad greens and bomb-diggity salad dressings.
Growing on a 1/4 acre at hand scale with no-till practices, Farm Punk Salads grows salad greens, head lettuce, and culinary herbs. They offer a home-delivered salad CSA for residents of East Portland, and you can also find them at farmers markets. Their tahini-based salad dressings are sold at New Season and other grocery stores in Portland. Check out www.farmpunksalads.com to learn more about Farm Punk Salads and where you can find them.
x̌ast sq̓it farm
Farmer Michelle (she/her) is of Sinixt heritage, aka Arrow Lakes People, the stewards of the Columbia River Headwaters. She is the owner of x̌ast sq̓it farm, which translates to Good Rain in the farmer's traditional Salish language. Her farming focuses on being good stewards of the land and culture, focusing on mixed produce offerings with an emphasis on supporting food sovereignty through the availability of PNW First Foods, as well as raising Champagne d'Argent’s, a heritage breed meat rabbit. Farmer Michelle is also a descendant of French Fur Traders. Michelle offers CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares with 20 weeks of seasonal bounty, which feature the taste of PNW Indigenous culture and explore exciting recipes that fuse our many cultures together.
Heart and Spade Farms
Heart and Spade Farms values the healthcare community and strives to increase food security within it. Our mission is to empower our members to achieve better health by improving access to nutritious, locally-grown produce in the hospital setting. We are a small farm growing produce in the Portland metro area using completely sustainable, chemical-free, and natural practices. We operate out of Headwaters with less than one acre in production.
Heart and Spade’s owner, Annika La Fave, has been working as a small organic farmer for the past decade. She started in the wash/pack room at Mountain View Farm in Western Massachusetts, and after moving to Portland in 2014, worked as the farmer at Schoolyard Farms. Annika cares deeply about the intersection of food and healthcare and believes that farmers can be agents of change in improving human health. By bridging the gap between agriculture and medicine, she feels that she can help build a happier, healthier community of healthcare workers, learners and patients.
Fawn Lily Farm
Fawn Lily Farm is a long stem cut flower farm operated by Lindsay Goldberg. She has many years of customer service experience, managerial, and organization skills. She spent five years working at plant nurseries and knows much about annual and woody perennial propagation methods. In 2013, she interned at a larger scale organic production farm and in 2014 she spent a year on a permaculture farm and nursery.
Lindsay is inspired by nature and the natural process and strives to grow ethically produced flowers. Soil heath and biodiversity direct her farming methods and she is always educating herself on ways to improve. The tiny farm is diverse, with over 50 colors and varieties of flowers. As a dedicated steward of the land with values rooted in permaculture, her favorite variety is diversity.
Her flowers can be found at the Portland Wholesale Flower Market and New Seasons Market.
Mora Mora Farm
Mora Mora Farm is owned and operated by Catherine Nguyen, an East Coast native. She was introduced to farming after volunteering on a farm in southwest Virginia and was drawn by food's potential to build communities. Since 2015, she has been farming on small, organic vegetable farms in Colorado and Washington, and finally decided to start a farm of her own. When she's not farming, you can find her climbing at Planet Granite, biking to the nearest coffee shop, or hanging out with her cat.
Growing on about half an acre, Mora Mora Farm sells at Portland area farmers markets, aiming to eventually expand to a CSA program and work with local nonprofits. Focused on quality greens and root vegetables, Mora Mora Farm places high value on efficient systems in order to increase its capacity for generosity and a healthy work-life balance.
Nicki Passarella and Irina Schabram
Amica Farm is the product of two hardworking, passionate and fun-loving female farmer friends: Irina and Nicki. We met during our farm internship at Zenger Farm in SE Portland in 2017. There we worked side-by-side learning, growing and developing our farm skills and dreams.
Amica Farm specializes in salad mixes throughout the seasons: spicy, tender greens in Spring, colorful lettuces in Summer and hearty braising mixes through the Autumn and Winter. We also grow a wide variety of heirloom and unusual vegetables as well as the culinary staples we all rely upon.
Nicki brings several years of experience in farmers market management to this partnership as well as an in depth knowledge of food preservation and a passion for food justice and farmer advocacy.
Irina has had her hands in the dirt since she was a child, helping her grandparents harvest potatoes and plant leeks and lettuces. She is excited to be using the same organic farming methods that her grandparents and great-grandparents utilized in Eastern Germany to bring naturally-grown and tasty vegetables to Portlandians.
Glasrai is the Gaelic word for vegetable or green; the farm was named this to honor our family ancestors who homesteaded in Oregon back in the 1870s. We biointensively farm 300+ varieties of vegetable crops on 2 acres, including a hoop house. Our practices combine traditional methods with new techniques to produce high yields on small acreage, while building soil tilth using only certified organic compost, fertilizers and amendments, plus no herbicide or pesticide use. You can find us at St. Johns and Montavilla farmers markets every Saturday and Sunday May through October, then at PSU Portland Farmers Market from November through December. We have expanded sales to local restaurants by specializing in salad and braising mixes, as well as our market crop selection available for wholesale pricing.
Laura and Lizzy
Rise Up Remedies
Rise Up Remedies is a certified organic medicinal herb farm owned and operated by two friends, Lizzy Simpson and Laura Kennedy. Rise Up Remedies is driven by a mission to provide the most vibrant herbs and herbal products while facilitating connection to earth, ourselves, and each other.
Rise Up Remedies offers several ways to connect with local plant medicine, including a Fresh Herb CSA, on farm you-picks, cultivation and medicine making workshops, and a line of small batch herbal products and bulk dried herbs that are available at the farmer’s market and several local herb shops.
This team of two tends over 50 medicinal plant species on their 1-acre farm where ecosystem health is the driving force. Medicinal herbs are naturally resilient and provide important ecosystem services; they feed and shelter beneficial insects, keep pests at bay, decrease water use, and reduce the need for tillage. Inspired by the innate wisdom of these plants, building soil, conserving water and encouraging biodiversity are at the heart of operations at Rise Up Remedies.