Lovena Farm is located in Milwaukie, just 7 miles from downtown Portland (map). Cottonwood, maple, birches, willows, and native bushes line the creek bank and surround the farm holding the land as a sanctuary. Four households are sharing the 2.7 acres amongst fruit trees, bees, chickens, and a greenhouse with a ½ acre field for vegetable cultivation. The land has a long history of nurturing peoples. For centuries Native Americans held the site to be a sacred gathering place. In the 1950′s Lovena and Curtis Horner planted the fruits, grew corn and other crops, and tended to the land into their 80′s. In 2005, four households bought the property together to raise their families and live more connected to the land. Since 2006, the 1/2 acre field has been a production farm. Melanie, (previously of Backyard Bounty Farm) has been cultivating the land since 2009.
A few blocks up creek from Lovena, our friend April is offering her sunny 800 square foot garden plot where we will grow some of our medicinals.
What we Grow and Wildcraft
- Vegetables – arugula, asian greens, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, chard, carrots, chicories,
collards, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuces, mustard greens, onions, peas, potatoes, parsnips, peppers, radishes, rutabaga, salad mix, squashes, tomatoes, and turnips.
- Herbs – basil, chervil, cilantro, dill, and parsley.
- Fruits – Figs, plums, pears, grapes, black, white and red currants, and strawberries are sometimes available.
- Medicinal Herbs – Tulsi, Nettle, Ashwaganda, calendula, red root, oregon grape and more.
- Planting with the moon and stars.
- Biodynamic compost preps and crop treatments.
- Varieties chosen with nutrition, flavor, and yield in mind. 85-90 % open pollinated seed source.
- No synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides or genetically modified seeds.
- Sourcing seed, compost and fertilizer as locally and responsibly as possible.
- 15 % of our plantings are from our own saved seeds, which creates varieties more adapted to our specific environment.
- Crop rotation, cover cropping, low till and mulching for soil health.
- Attempt to limit inputs and energy expended while also maximizing nutrition.
- Some delivery is by bicycle.
- Planting for polinators to increase diversity on the creek.
- Sharing knowledge and resources.