Located in SE Portland, OR right near the edge of Milwaukie, Winslow Food Forest is an early stage food forest growing on a .68 acre urban lot. The food forest was established November 2016 and is comprised of a canopy of fruit and nut trees, a sub-canopy of berry bushes, and herbaceous layer of culinary and medicinal herbs, annual and perennial vegetables, and edible flowers.
You can enjoy food from the food forest by becoming a CSA member, and if you’re a chef, you can source from the food forest by emailing Teague.
Winslow Food Forest is a labor of love dedicated to the memory of Toby Hemenway, our former teacher and author of Gaia's Garden, the book which first lit the spark in our hearts for food forestry and regenerative city-scale agroforestry.
OUR GROWING PRACTICES
We grow “beyond organic” without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. We practice regenerative agriculture, with the goal to make healthy soil first and foremost as the foundation for all healthy life.
Food Forests are friendly to pollinators and we include and protect habitat for all living creatures in our “edible ecosystem”. Winslow is a biodiverse urban farm, growing over 100 varieties of food with a focus on perennials and rare edibles.
While most of Winslow Food Forest is planted out with perennials such as fruit trees, herbs and berry bushes, we also have two market gardens for annual vegetables where we grow in polyculture patterns, utilizing companion planting.
We have found that this method allows us to either continue to grow annuals in a no-till fashion, or it can also set the stage for succession planting perennial systems like a food forest.
CSA Farmer, Educator, Permaculture Designer
Specialty Produce Farmer, Educator, Permaculture Designer
Originally a backyard urban micro nursery called "Kenton Plant Starts", Teague and Melissa grew vegetable plant starts to deliver to customers in North Portland in 2013.
By the end of the growing season, the young farmers were offered a unique opportunity to farm on borrowed land in Boring, Oregon. Thus, Winslow Food Forest was born.
After three seasons developing a food forest in Boring, the couple were chosen by the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to design and grow a food forest on an empty urban lot in the Ardenwald neighborhood straddling the border of SE Portland and Milwaukie.
The current food forest was established in November 2016 and ongoing planting and development of the food forest continues today. Winslow Food Forest has 10-30 year lease with the city, ensuring the longterm success of the perennial food production system.
Press and accomplisments
"Basically a form of anti-agriculture, food forestry is based on the idea of creating an ecosystem instead of destroying one. The difference is that it's an ecosystem made entirely of stuff you can eat, like a more nutritious Willy Wonka forest." — Willamette Week 2017
"One plot has an almond tree as the top layer with herbs underneath. In the summer, blueberries and strawberries grow in the sun. A tall cardoon -- a thistle-like plant that grows its spindly leaves up and out -- acts as what the Cullens call a "green manure chop and drop." The Cullens need plants like the cardoon that grow quickly, so the leaves fall with each pruning and decompose, adding nutrients to the soil. — Oregonian 2016
"Cullen will tackle the broad subject of food forestry, a gardening technique that resembles woodland ecosystems with fruit and nut trees and berry bushes. This will include the history of food forestry, its differences from organic farming and tools for food forest design. Cullen will also teach attendees how to plan, design, install and maintain their own food forest systems year after year. "
— Portland Tribune 2018
'Food Forestry is the practice of growing and maintaining intentionally designed ecosystems focusing on perennial food-producing plants and their companions. Join us as Teague Cullen, highlights some of the methods and practicalities of installing and working with these systems to fit the growers’ needs. "
— Multnomah County Master Gardener Speaker Series 2018
"Intro to permaculture for beginning farmers" -Educators at Small Farm School of Oregon State University 2016