Rising Stone Farm is an urban collective of farmers committed to providing delicious, nutrient-rich 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. 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 medicinal plant start operation as well. Using sustainable and biodynamic farming practices, we are committed to honoring the land while maintaining the health of the soils and ecosystems along Johnson Creek.
Lovena Farm is located in Milwaukie, just 7 miles from downtown Portland (map). Cottonwoods, maples, birches, and native bushes line the creek bank and farm, holding the land as a sanctuary. This land has a long history of nurturing the local community. For centuries Native Americans held the site to be a sacred gathering place. Then in the 1950′s Lovena and Curtis Horner planted the fruit trees and bushes, grew corn and other crops, and tended to the land into their 80′s. More recently, four households bought the property in 2005 to raise their families in a way that honored connection to the land. Together they share the 2.7 acres which has fruit trees, bees, chickens, a greenhouse, and a 1/2 acre field for vegetable cultivation. Since 2006, the 1/2 acre field has been a small scale production farm.
- 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!
- 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