Rising Stone Farm is an urban collective of farmers committed to providing delicious, nutrient-dense produce, medicinal herbs and flowers for our local community in SE Portland/Milwaukie. Beginning in 2009 Rising Stone Farmers have been cultivating land along Johnson Creek. We have now since expanded to two additional small plots of land, and have partnered with Waterleaf Farm, another small farm in the neighborhood.
Over time we have expanded from our original Vegetable CSA, and now include a Medicinal Herbs CSA. We regularly offer our produce to local restaurants and have a vegetable and medicinal plant start operation as well. Using sustainable and biodynamic farming practices, we are committed to honoring the land and its greater patterns, while maintaining the health of the soils and ecosystems along Johnson Creek and surrounding areas.
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
- Culinary Herbs – basil, chervil, cilantro, dill, and parsley
- Fruits – figs, plums, pears, grapes, black, white and red currants, and strawberries
- Medicinal Herbs – tulsi, nettle, ashwaganda, calendula, red root, oregon grape, chamomile, and many more!
- Flowers – zinnia, amaranth, bachlors buttons and many more varieties!
- Planting with the moon and stars
- Biodynamic compost preparations and crop treatments
- Varieties chosen for nutrition and flavor, with yield in mind, and 85-90% open pollinated seed sources
- No synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides or genetically modified seeds
- Sourcing seed, compost and fertilizer as locally and responsibly as possible
- 15% of our plants are from our saved seeds so varieties better suited to our environment are cultivated
- Crop rotation, cover cropping, low till and mulching are used to increase soil health
- Some delivery is by bicycle
- Planting for pollinators to increase diversity on the creek
- Sharing knowledge and resources through our educational programs