We are a working urban farm that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all.
Learn the basics of small-scale production farming over the course of the growing season. Tend annual row crops from seed to harvest, care for perennial edibles, and manage farm livestock. Farming Interns receive hands-on training and supplemental classroom instruction in sustainable farming practices.
The Outer Southeast Farmer Training Project is a collaborative effort between Zenger Farm and the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association, designed to support market gardeners and Community Supported Agriculture entrepreneurs in developing business and farming skills. The Outer Southeast Farmer Training Project is community based, in that the participants themselves decide and design their training curricula and networking opportunities. Using a collective action-reflection model for defining the project’s trajectory is at times more work than simply attending predesigned trainings, but is ultimately more empowering and tailored to fit the needs of resident farmers in Outer Southeast Portland.
Starting with an Open House early in 2012, the project has formulated and hosted a number of workshops, including farm and garden planning, cultivating seedling starts, soil science, extending the season with greenhouses and cold frames, seed saving, irrigation and water management, land access and zoning codes, and more. To see our upcoming workshops visit our events page. For more information please email Zenger Farm’s Community Involvement Coordinator, Prairie Hale (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Zenger Farm is leading a series of small farm tours on Saturdays: 5/11, 7/20, 8/17 and 10/19. The purpose of these tours is to educate beginning and immigrant farmers by demonstrating innovative and proven ways that local small farms manage risk in areas such as production, marketing and finance. On these tours you will learn about unique growing methods, farm management systems, crops, equipment, facilities, value-added products, marketing, sales and much more. Every farm on these tours has something unique to offer and every farmer has developed different proven and innovative ways to create a successful farm business. Tickets will go on sale about a month before the tour date and will be announced on local farming email lists.