Urban farm keeps freshness on menu
The Cully Neighborhood Farm is the latest urban farm to crop up in Portland. It joins several other agricultural entities inside city limits, including Zenger and 47th Avenue Farms in Southeast and Tryon Life Community Farm in Southwest.
In Cully, Michael Tevlin and Matt Gordon are raising more than a dozen vegetables and herbs on a quarter acre just off of Northeast Killingsworth Street. They sell the produce Saturday mornings at the Cully Collective Market, in the lot behind Trinity Lutheran Church at 5520 N.E. Killingsworth St. They also supply produce to two nearby restaurants, Bumblekiss and Al Forno Ferruzza, and hope to add more chefs to their list of customers.
The farmers also have agreed to provide produce for Trinity Lutheran’s food pantry in exchange for use of the land. They signed a one-year lease but hope to continue farming next year, and may become a subscription farm — or Community Supported Agriculture outlet — as well.
“We would love to do a CSA because you have a guaranteed market,” said Tevlin, 28. Customers buy a subscription and receive a mix of produce at given intervals.
Tevlin, who has a degree in classical voice studies and deferred acceptance to Portland State University’s School of Social Work, loves being outside and running his own business.
“I always wanted to do something that made sense. Growing food just makes sense. It’s elemental,” he said.
-Anne Laufe, Special to The Oregonian