Thanks for joining us!
Committed to building Kinship, Land Stewardship, and Green Enterprise.
To introduce ourselves in case we haven’t met, we are Art Shavers and Shantae Johnson of Mudbone Grown at Unity Farm. A few years ago we decided to quit our day jobs and farm full time. It posed some challenges at first, as we have 6 kids between us. However, it was important enough to struggle initially to put this in motion because we believe in this work and creating a space as well as opportunities for those in our community. We partnered with Oregon Food Bank in 2016 to be the farmers on their community farm. Fast forward two years later and we are in full swing. We have an apprenticeship program, volunteer groups, we are the host farm for both KAIROS elementary and Sunnyside elementary in the Portland Metro area. Providing space for kids to learn while being connected to the land is a joy for us. (Especially since our kids attend Sunnyside) We also will be in our second year of partnering with Summer Works. It empowers and employs youth for the summer learning various skills across the Portland Metro area. We receive 5-10 youth to help on our farm, building not only their farm knowledge but also providing learning opportunities that go beyond getting your hands dirty.
Unity farm is under way. This time last year we were just getting started due to the harsh winter. This year we have a lot to talk about. On January 17th, 2018 Mudbone Grown started a Beginning Farmer of Color Apprenticeship Program. It is a program aimed specifically for people of color to create a network in the farming community that has been (especially in Oregon) predominantly white. Their goal, long term to create an incubator program for up and coming farmers, not unlike themselves, who need solidarity in the food system. To be a voice for those who have been marginalized by the system, and to give tools to those who seek to change it.
Our goal is to always honor our ancestors wisdom as land stewards, train the next generation of food movement leaders through farming, while building cultural pride that is rooted in food sovereignty.
Please come out and join us on our community days. Sign up here through Oregon Food Banks website. Project Type will be ‘Garden Shifts’ and look for Community Garden Shifts.