Hello! One year ago I had the honor of purchasing a house on 0.4 acres that backs up to Powell Butte nature park. The land is in what is presently known as East Portland, we reside on traditional village sites for the Clackamas and Cowlitz Tribes and seek to be as good of land stewards as we can be under a capitalistic system. The site was planted out as an ethnobotanical garden by Wisdom of the Elders and contains many culturally significant and medicinal plants including four mature Elderberries, the red and Native blue varieties. There are other mature fruiting plants- various types of currants, thimbleberries, salmonberries, oso berries, high cranberry, Oregon grape, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries a very well established Coyote bush, stands of lemon balm and so many more that I have yet to learn and commit to memory. In addition to these plants we have 8 raised beds and other areas that can be planted out as well.
We just added a mixed flock of chickens and ducks to the land. They are just about three months old so aren’t laying just yet. I am still in contact with the previous owner of the home, Rose High Bear, who has moved on to start Wisdom of the Elderberry Farm in Woodburn. Check out there page for volunteer opportunities! They use indigenous practices on their farm and are working towards creating an experiential learning community for Indigenous people. Rose lived here since the early 2000s and prior to that there was a Cherokee man residing here. Neither of them sprayed chemicals and we are committed to keeping the land chemical free.
The neighbors have a double lot and are also interested in combining forces at some point. Our main focus is controlling invasive species- we have Blackberry, creeping buttercup, tansy ragwort, english ivy and perhaps worst of all- the dreaded morning glory bindweed. We are interested in using biodynamic, permaculture, closed loop and other sustainable practices on the land here. Also want to explore everything from dry farming to aquaponics (particular interest in a set up that can help filter a duck pond.
I have a large room in the house I would love to rent to the right person who is interested in helping tend the land. Open to couples as well. The house is queer and 420 friendly. Let’s talk about what a partnership can look like in a way that feels mutually beneficial to all.
My name is Kayla, I am a white queer 29 year old working full time from home for non-profits that are building affordable housing. I live here with my two precious cats. I am really interested in trauma and how our bodies hold the keys to healing– something this capitalist world tells us constantly to turn off and disconnect from. I am also interested in helping communities build food sovereignty and resilience, particularly given the state of the world right now. I have been blessed to work with some amazing somatic healers in the Pacific Northwest and hope to continue to build those relationships. Looking forward to connecting if this sounds like it could be a good fit!
growing all of the wonderful things to trade and share, controlling the invasive species and honoring the space
a solid community of folks who want to be more independent from our broken global food systems and help others do the same, collective healing and deep connection to the sacred land that we inhabit, reverence for the people who are Native to this land
Planted as an ethnobotanical garden by an indigenous org so there are many culturally significant and medicinal plants on site. There is a small mixed flock of chickens and ducks and some annual vegetable garden beds planted.
Portland water bureau
Metal shed- 8x10
Lattice shed- roofed with open sides- 8x9
Plastic hoop house- 8x10
Basic hand tools
this is Portland residential zoning so we have many livestock restrictions. I am at the limit for allowable poultry and we are allowed only mini animals and bees from here on out. We can keep up to 5 mini goats!! stoked on that. I can share the zoning code if you are interested in understanding what's allowed and what's restricted.
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