The Farm: Nestled on three parcels of land in the NE Portland Cully neighborhood, The Side Yard Farm grows a variety of greens, root vegetables, edible flowers and micro greens and veggies. Stacey also raises chickens and bees. Her farm sells its bounty to several local restaurants.
Giving Back: The Side Yard Farm is also an integral part of the community. The farm hosts a kid's camp in partnership with Living City. Kids of all ages come to the farm and work the land on their special plots in the farm. The program is so popular, they are now starting up an after school program. The Side Yard Farm also hosts a "Bring your own Bird (BYB)" chicken slaughtering workshop, and other community events. The farm is providing opportunity for the community to learn and to connect.
Finding the Farm: Stacey then moved further north to Portland to attend the Oregon Culinary Institute, and found her home. She worked at several restaurants in town, including South Park, Lincoln Restaurant, Rocket (now The Noble Rot) Vino Paradiso, and chef at Raptor Ridge Winery. It was at Rocket, which had one of the first roof top gardens in Portland, where Stacey discovered urban farming and fell in love with dirt.
In talking with Stacey, I could tell she really loves people! I am sure she would love to see you at her farm or talk to you about catering your next event. Also, The Side Yard Farm operates with plenty of volunteer help and is seeking volunteer help for the 2014 Season! You can find Stacey at her website www.thesideyardpdx.com, or follow her on Facebook. The main farm is located at 5940 NE 45th Avenue, and the phone number is 503-957-4588.
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