|Crossing the St. Johns Bridge|
photo pulled from video by Ryan Creason
Back in May I posted about this being the last year that Slow Hand Farm will farm on Wild Goose Farm's Land. It's been a great four years but it's time to move on. I've managed to put off finding a new spot, growing in my own backyard and my neighbors' yard for the winter season. At this point I need to start up the search again. It's not that there aren't options out there, but for now I'm being picky.
In my first post in May I listed the few essential characteristics for a new piece:
- At least 5000 square feet of growing space, but 1/2 and acre or more might be nice for possible expansion (I am also considering contracting, so maybe less space?).
- I need at least 5 gallons per minute of clean water (more is better).
- It needs to be within a 12 mile radius of North Portland.
- No pests whatsoever (I can dream can't I?)
Over the past four seasons I've taught multiple workshops at the farm, had many visitors stop by for a tour, and almost as many folks come out to volunteer their labor in exchange for an opportunity to learn some of the techniques and to connect with the growing that happens on the farm. I've also hosted seasonal farm parties (not enough recently), and all of this is essential to my vision of agriculture being a community effort, and recognizing that as an essential part of our modern food system, it should also be more accessible and recognizable.
So, I'm back in the search and I have a couple more criteria that, while not essential, are important to me:
- Space and capacity for hosting small workshops, parties and visitors
- Good access to town by bike
If you know of anything please let me know. It's getting to be planning season and I'd love to start planning next season with a particular space in mind.