Seeders:

Rachel Kornstein, Boondockers Farm

Established: 2006

The Farm: 68 acres – 30 miles southeast of Portland
 

What They Seed:

Heritage Breed animals: Ancona Ducks, Saxony Ducks, Delaware Chickens, Dutch Belted cattle, Glouchester Old Spots pigs; heirloom vegetables & seeds, Great Pyrenees
 

Where You Can Find Them:

Farmers Markets (Portland): Hollywood (Saturday), Hillsdale (Sunday)
Retail: Know Thy Food (Portland), Salt Fire and Time (Portland), City Farm (Portland), Down to Earth Garden Store (Eugene)
Online: mail order ducklings & chicks, seed program

Feeders They Supply:
Restaurants (Portland): Ava Gene’s, Tapalaya, Ned Ludd, Irving St. Kitchen, Verde Cocina, Portland Meat Collective, Clarklewis
 

Their Story:

Rachel grew up in New York, but eventually found herself on the West Coast in Eugene via Tahoe and Southern California. The plan was to slow down and have the space and ability to grow vegetables, as she had got a first taste of and enjoyed while growing up in suburban New York. Her passion for local food had grown even more by attending culinary school. Rachel started with seed saving and growing vegetables. Soon enough a slug problem prompted them to research pest management – with ducks. Motivated to choose a heritage breed she could also work on preserving, Rachel settled on seeking out a source of Indian Runner ducks. She discovered that waterfowl preservation guru Dave Holderread lived just down road in Corvallis and went to the farm to personally pick up her new ducks. Little did Rachel know, Dave would convince her to return home with ducks of the Ancona breed and later adopt his entire Ancona stock. Rachel has since relocated to a 75 acre property 20 miles southeast of Portland, in Beavercreek. She continues to focus on preserving heritage breeds of animals and heirloom vegetables.
 
Certifications: Animal Welfare Approved, all animals listed as critically endangered by the The Livestock Conservancy
Associations: Slow Food Portland

Mentors: Dave Holderread, Holderread Waterfowl Farm & Preservation Center

Quoted:
“The more your cows love you the more they’ll produce” – Rachel Kornstein
“People got into this mindset of ‘I wanna grow a chicken in less time than a radish’” – Rachel Kornstein
“Anything worth doing is worth doing wrong” – Joel Salatin
 
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