Starting an urban farm: The vision

Some exciting things are going on here at Wilderness Made world headquarters; We’re starting a small “urban” farm. 

All of you following our Instagram live feed have seen this years veggie garden.  Next year the size of that garden will triple, from 30×35′ to 100×35′.  We are also going to add a greenhouse, a solar dehydrator, and a veggie stand.

What

Here is our basic layout.

Why

Growing food is a passion of ours.  We have volunteered around the world on organic farms.  Along the way we picked up a lot of knowledge. Being summertime river guides, traveling and volunteering was an easy winter option.  Many seasons, farms, and transitions left us land lost with a feeling of wanting to start something of our own.  Luckily the opportunity fell into our lap in the form of a 110’x65′ lot on a busy road in the town of White Salmon, WA.  Here we can park our truck, run our business, and grow some food.

A farm we worked on in Patagonia

Local food production is the easiest thing humans can do to combat climate change.  Beyond that it makes no sense to buy a tomato shipped from Guatemala when you can grow one in your backyard.  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to produce food for our community.  We also would like our “farm” to be an example for other community members.

The plan is to document the entire process… building the greenhouse, tilling the soil, starting the veg, preserving the food, and selling the product.  Hopefully along the way we will convince other members of both our local and online community to do the same.  Our vision of a sustainable future includes gardens rather than lawns.  Many people view this as idealistic and impossible.   We are going to show you just how cost effectively and easily food can be grown.

The last and semi related reason for this garden is our upcoming wedding.  We are getting married fall of 2018.  We are going to grow the majority of the food for our wedding.

How

This is yet to be determined!  Our current 30×35″ garden cost a total of $565 (compst, steed, equipment rental, irrigation and fencing).  We are pricing materials and accessing our finances for the farm.  One thing we are good at is salvaging, scrapping, and re-purposing.   We plan to use recycled materials for anything possible.  Our major costs will be the veggie shed, the greenhouse, and the compost.  If we find the right equipment this winter/spring we will collect rain water.  We plan to sell starts in the spring to cover some of our initial cost.   Even if the market side fails – we’re always happy to have an abundance of vegetables.

If you are a member of our local or online community and would like to help in any way please reach out!  With the shirts, prints, flyboxes, “real” jobs, and now this we are incredibly busy (and going through Steelhead withdrawal).

More to come soon.   If you want to stay up to date on our garden follow us on Facebook  or subscribe to our mailing list in the footer below.

 

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