True to the name, this is a one acre farm, located within the Urban Growth Boundary of Portland. The lot is zoned residential (R7), and I am taking full advantage of a recent addition to the local zoning code that allows for “market gardens” without special permitting. The site includes our house and an expansive front and back yard, all of which will be incorporated into the farm. The surrounding neighborhood is a surviving suburban development from the early 1950’s, and is an exciting place to be growing food.
The vision for the Urban Acre is a diverse food forest with orchard fruits, nuts and berries, in addition to perennial vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs, and a fledgling tea plantation. I am also growing a small variety of annual vegetables for market and raising ducks for eggs. Though I am not certified Organic, I regularly refer to my 7 years working on small, organic farms and incorporate elements of organic certification principles, biodynamic practices, and integrated pest management strategies. I have opted to support and participate in local programs that encourage biodiversity, like the No Pesticide pledge, the Backyard Habitat Program, and Multnomah Master Gardener Training Program. I am always happy to discuss my growing practices and inputs with interested folks. There’s a lot of information and misinformation out there, so I encourage close relationships with your local farmer and look forward to having one with you!
Since I am a one-woman operation, this farm is intentionally small-scale and expected to stay that way. I am dedicated to serving neighbors and local markets, providing fresh and high quality food for you and yours. I invite you to take a look around the website for more information, or contact me with questions. You can also ready a little ditty written about me when I was first starting the farm. Thanks for supporting your local farmers, and here’s to your health!