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Wild Edibles Tour @ Hupho Farm with Linden Burk

Linden has 11 acres that she manages so uniquely that the zoning officials at first didn't call it farming and were going to shut her down. She was working with the Oregon Tilth and convinced them to create a special category for her "wild crops". Linden tells me that January is a good time to see the "bones" of her farm and how she is managing the various pieces at different stages of disturbance. I know that Monday afternoon is a bad time for many people, but due to the winter's sun and Linden's schedule (like most farmers, she works a job to support herself), this is the best we can do for now. I will go, even if it's just me, and my pickup can only take one other person. Meet at the Gresham Park and Ride at 1pm and carpool from there. The farm is in Corbett - a 20 minute drive.

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  • Mary S.

    This was a great tour. Thanks to Linden and to Beth. This gentle work with blackberries may help to preserve native species such as slender salamanders, which have been shown to hide there, as we learned at the Urban Ecology conference at PSU. It was so heartening to see this respectful care of the land.

    January 27, 2011

  • Kathleen C.

    Thank you Elizabeth! Linden is a needle in a hay stack find! Was a peaceful pleasure getting to know her through her connection with the land. Loved walking and learning in parallel. Can't wait to visit again during a different season.

    January 27, 2011

  • Laurie

    What a wonderful chance to meet someone who has been working with and listenig to the land for over 20 years!

    January 19, 2011

  • Sara S.

    Linden is such a gracious host. The dogs were also good guides. I can't wait to see it again as the plants trade spaces.

    January 18, 2011

  • Elizabeth F.

    Wow. Linden was awe-inspiring and showed us just what "observing nature" can produce: attuned management and a bountiful harvest .

    January 18, 2011

  • Tamara

    Thanks for setting this up, Elizabeth! What a pleasure to walk this land of Linden's, hear her speak about it so poetically and learn about her food forest. As we walked her acreage, I thought kept popping into my head; if even a small fraction of our polulation showed the respect for our universe the way she does we would live in a better place. She shows great respect to the "pacha mama."

    January 17, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a total success, and Linden is the epitome of grace and humility, showing a love and respect for the land that is exceedingly rare. Her acceptance and recognition of "interference" as the primary driver for changes in her landbase was an inspiration and instructive of ways in which others may learn to listen to the land and work with it instead of against it.

    January 17, 2011

  • Mary S.

    OK. I'm in also. My vehicle is not that good at slippery, but if conditions are pavement, I'm ok to drive, if I get a navigator.

    January 16, 2011

  • Kate H.

    I would have loved to attend, but the time doesn't work for me. Thanks for organizing this though.

    January 16, 2011

  • Sara S.

    Super interesting!

    January 9, 2011

  • Elizabeth F.

    I emailed Linden about setting up a date for the tour, but she is late getting back to me. This idea is still "in the works". If anyone has ideas about other tours...please post!

    January 2, 2011

  • Erin C.

    I would be really interested in visiting this organic farm!

    December 17, 2010

  • Elizabeth F.

    Tom, please propose a tour of your place as a new idea (put a title in the blank space at the top of this page that says "let's meet up about..") Include a date and time that's good for you. I think we can have a bunch of options for this one topic...

    December 16, 2010

  • Elizabeth F.

    P.S. I said Gresham area, but she's actually out in Corbett.

    December 16, 2010

  • Elizabeth F.

    James, that's a great link, thank you. I will call them to see about a tour. I also met with Linden at Hupho Farm and she says January is an easy time to see what is happening in different parts of the land. She's got a very unique perspective - 11 acres, been "farming" for 20 years (maybe longer), Oregon Tilth had to create special category of farming just for her.

    December 16, 2010

  • Ansula

    I'm interested!

    December 11, 2010

  • james

    Sounds good Elizabeth. Also, fyi, do you know about Norris and Tulsi at discountpermaculture.com? - http://www.clackamasreview.com/sustainable/story.php?story_id=124699176452499600
    Tom: I'm very impressed at your collecting so many species. Sounds like you can or will be able to teach others about them.

    December 10, 2010

  • Ridhi D.

    Sounds super interesting. Unless something comes up, I'm in for this too. :) Thanks Elizabeth!

    December 8, 2010

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