In Greek mythology, Persephone (pronounced per-SEF-a-nee) is the goddess of the Seasons, and the daughter of Demeter, goddess of Agriculture.
We grow and market only those crops which are adapted to the seasons of our land and climate. A commitment to sustainability led us away from plastic mulch and season-extending hoophouses because the plastic is derived from nonrenewable petroleum and cannot be recycled to its original form. In addition, early production of tomatoes, peppers, basil, and other crops requires supplemental heat and light to get the plants started in the winter, adding a heavy carbon footprint to out of season food production. If the organic solution to the problems of agriculture is to pour more limited resources into those problems, then what have we gained?
Our season is also limited because a heavy clay soil, combined with cold spring rains, makes early planting on our farm difficult. We greatly appreciate the support of our many customers who respect the natural limits of our farm and willingly wait for Persephone’s harvest to arrive.
Persephone Farm was founded by Jeff Falen and Elanor O’Brien. They have been growing certified organic vegetables since 1985 on 55 acres of river-bottom land near Lebanon, OR. Erin Proctor and Theo Ciszewski recently joined the farm’s management team, and are excited to continue the Persephone legacy of growing seasonal produce and sustaining the local bounty of Portland markets.
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