Things have been pretty quiet on this blog lately, but we’ve been keeping busy, and we have some urban-agriculture-related news that some of our Portland-area readers may find of interest.
We’re starting a co-operative egg farm here in Portland.
The farm will take place in co-operation with the 47th Avenue Farm CSA and Friends of Zenger Farm. We’re planning to run 50-100 hens in a movable paddock, in rotation with the vegetable fields out at Zenger Farm.
We need workers to fill 14 shifts. There are morning and evening shifts available—the chickens will need one person, each morning and evening, to feed and water them, gather eggs, and so on. Each shift should take about an hour. There will also be occasional work parties. It’s a volunteer position with the benefit of a dozen eggs per shift, each week. We are asking for a one-year commitment from all workers.
If we have enough people involved, we plan to appoint several coordinators to be on call for questions and problems, and to help volunteers cover shifts in the event of travel or emergency.
We had an initial meeting on May 1 and we were happy to find a lot of interest. We do need some more people to make this happen. Once we get our work crew together, we will start this project immediately, and begin supplying people with eggs this summer.
This is a great opportunity if you would like to keep chickens but can’t do so at your home. Or if you want to learn how to do it yourself, without taking on all of the learning alone. Or, if you are an experienced backyard chicken keeper, here is an opportunity to expand your skills, and pass on your knowledge to others.
The project will gradually be meshed with a Heifer International grant over the next two and a half years. The chickens will be part of a movement to bring more farm animals to Zenger Farm.
If you’re reading this and getting all short of breath and excited, it’s because you have realized what you are seeing:
This is the farm of the future. It is small; full of a variety of plants and animals; within city limits; on public land; and run by citizen volunteer workers, who produce food for themselves and members of their community.
If this all sounds like something you would like to participate in, please come to a meeting on May 14, 2007.
This meeting is about chickens at Zenger Farm in a more general sense. There will be an opportunity to talk about our specific project, as well as information about a forthcoming meeting of all interested volunteers.
The meeting starts at 6:30pm and will be held at:
Pilgrim Lutheran Church
4244 SE 91st Ave
(1 block north of Holgate on SE 92nd; use basement entrance)
You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, too.
We will have another meeting soon thereafter to talk specifics with everyone who has expressed interest. Drop us an email and we will tell you about that meeting when we schedule it.
Holly and Patrick