Over the last few weeks, we’ve been busy planting the descendant apple trees. Eleven of our twelve trees have found their permanent homes throughout Portland and Vancouver. The trees are located in six residential front lawns and on the grounds of the following organizations: Reed College, Harvest Homes Assisted Living Home and Magnolia Blossom Intergenerational Preschool, Sabin Community Orchard, and Wisdom of the Elders. The twelfth tree will be planted in downtown Portland at the Oregon Historical Society as part of Shine a Light at the Portland Art Museum on May 17th.
Farm School was in France this past week to present a recent project called A Children’s Book of Farming in Le Cateau-Cambrésis. The project assembles a series of drawings made by three classes of students from different schools in the vicinity of the Matisse Museum, which is situated in a rural area in the north of France. Working with Carrie Pilto, director of the Matisse Museum, and artist Harrell Fletcher, we gave students an assignment to illustrate a text related to the region’s agricultural history. The completed book is the first in a series of participatory projects made in collaboration with the Matisse Museum that engage the local community. A Children’s Book of Farming in Le Cateau-Cambrésis was made on the occasion of Book Machine (Paris) part of the Nouveau festival of the Centre Pompidou 4th edition and in partnership with the Matisse Museum in Le Cateau-Cambrésis.
The oldest apple tree in the Pacific Northwest is located six miles from downtown Portland. The tree dates back to 1826 and is living in the middle of a highway interchange.
Farm School has been granted permission by the Urban Forestry Commission to take cuttings from this tree and plant a series of descendant trees throughout the Portland area with community members and local organizations. Each newly planted tree will be accompanied by a public placard that contains information about the project and the original tree.
If you are interested in working with Farm School this Spring to graft and plant one of these trees, please email email@example.com
We recently spoke with father-son team, Randy and Adam Buresh, who manage Oregon’s Wild Harvest, a biodynamic farm in Sandy, Oregon. Oregon’s Wild Harvest grows medicinal herbs. To ensure the purest and most effective properties of the whole herbs, they process them into capsules, teas, tinctures, and extracts onsite. They also use their own medicinals to create biodynamic “preps”, a series of nine holistic farming practices that augment the fertility and composting systems on the farm. Listen to Randy and Adam tell their story here.
This past month, we interviewed Mark Anderson on his farm in Champoeg, Oregon. Mark and his family raise poultry using an intensive pasturing system. This method allows for the land to continually regenerate and the birds to range and forage. Listen to Mark’s story here.
As part of our summer session, we organized a group of participants and assigned them the role of journalists on the farm. Together we generated fit-to-print content such as essays, interviews, recipes, and farm histories. This content was then formatted into a newspaper and distributed to the farm’s share members, neighbors, and are currently available at Cherry Sprout Produce in NE Portland. The newspaper is an invitation for the local public to connect with Wealth Underground Farm, as well as the open spaces in their own neighborhoods and backyards.