Urban Farm Collective
For more information or to get involved, check out the Urban Farm Collective’s website at www.urbanfarmcollective.com!
Mission: The Urban Farm Collective’s mission is to transform back yards and vacant lots into productive food gardens, using a barter system to exchange our produce. The mission, by its very nature, builds community, provides educational opportunities, empowers participants with food self-reliance, provides the infrastructure for garden-based research and so much more.
History: The Urban Farm Collective was founded in 2009 by Janette Kaden and a small group of other dedicated gardeners in NE Portland. That year, collective members gardened cooperatively on a plot at 7th & Skidmore, and brought the produce from that garden, along with produce grown at their individual gardens, to a weekly mini-farmers market at the Tin Shed Cafe on Alberta. In 2010, the UFC eliminated this cash market, and switched to a work-trade or “barter” system, where members receive a share of the harvest in exchange for their time spent working in the gardens.
In 2011, Urban Farm Collective became a program of Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust (OSALT). This partnership provides the UFC with the ability to accept tax-exempt charitable contributions and grants, while helping OSALT achieve it’s research goals of developing sustainable practices for the production and distribution of agricultural bounty, and it’s educational goals of teaching people how to grown their own food using sustainable practices. Urban Farm Collective now has 14 gardens in NE Portland, and burgeoning smaller collectives have begun to spring up in N and SE Portland!