Naked Acres, Portland, OR

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Seeders: Margo Liszka & Gus Gibson, Naked Acres

The Farm: 3.5 acres leased in Southeast Portland – fully diversified with animals, vegetable gardens and greenhouses – Animal Welfare Approved – Certified Naturally Grown

Established: 2002

What They Seed: Turkeys (Bourbon Red, Broad Breasted Bronze, Bronze), Dairy & meat goats (raw goat milk and products), 150 laying hens, Glouchester-Yorkshire-Berkshire pigs, Runner ducks, variety of vegetables

Value Added Products: goat milk soap, dry garlic & herb mixes, “V8” juice, tomato soup, pickles, groundcherry BBQ sauce, chili sauce, fruit syrups, green tomato relish, sundried tomatoes

Where You Can Find Them:
Farmers Markets: Lloyd (Tuesday), People’s Coop (Wednesday), Hillsdale (Sunday), Lake Oswego Market (Saturday, May-Oct)
CSA: seasonal subscriptions available, also a Farmers Market CSA that gives customers credit at their farmers market stands throughout the year

Feeders They Supply:
Restaurants: Breakside Brewery, Ciao Vito

Their Story:
With Gus’ large animal experience and Margo’s botany expertise, they are making their dream of having a small, organic & sustainable closed-loop farm happen. Since the beginning of 2012, they have been working on a 3.5 acre property right on the edge of urban Portland. When they moved in, the property had been neglected for a number of years and was overrun with blackberries and morning glory. With a lot of dedication, some intense manual labor and a little help from the goats, they’ve cleared a lot of the area to erect greenhouses, plant vegetables and run pigs, goats, chickens and turkeys around the property. Mickleberry Gardens manages 12 bee hives on the farm and they occasionally offer beekeeping classes. Gus works part to full time at a local feed & fertilizer store and Margo has a private landscaping company with a few clients so they can make the farm work, along with the help of some friends and one or two WWOOFers at a time. Produce, goat milk products and various value-added products are sold through their CSA programs and at local farmers markets. Their goal is to eventually have no electric or gas powered machinery used in farm production. They will be working toward using horse drawn equipment in the future.

Certifications: Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Naturally Grown

Practices: Integrated Pest Management, Closed loop farming

Quoted:
“Farmers come across challenges every year and they say next year is going to be better
“It’s like Easter every morning” – Gus, on free ranging chickens

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