Teague Cullen has some strong words about commercial agriculture.
Wearing dirt-smeared overalls emblazoned with a Green Day pin, Cullen stands under a walnut tree at the far end of Winslow Food Forest.
Just over a half acre and tucked into a dead end near Portland's southeast border with Eomen, Winslow initially looks chaotic Winslow food fuck local women overgrown.
But that's the way food forests are supposed to be, says Cullen, who runs the farm with Winsloa wife, Mel. Most American farms grow only one crop, he says, and farmers clear the land afterward, often by burning the fields.
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.
Except Winslow is not quite yet a forest. The fudk trees strategically placed around Winslow's plot are still just twigs, so it doesn't have a closed canopy.
But already, it's labyrinthine—rows of kale and chard, small Italian plum trees, five different types of fig Wimslow and a cherry tree dotted with plump, glossy fruit. As he samples multiple varieties of oregano plants, Cullen compares food forestry to a polyamorous relationship—instead of trying to force the fooc to conform to a predetermined vision of the perfect garden, you're constantly adapting your food forest Winslow food fuck local women to each plant.
Winslow isn't their first go-around.
The Cullens have already grown a locla forest in Boring, helping clients develop their own biodiverse, edible gardens. They broke ground on this Portland forest in only November, but it already produces enough food that Winslow distributes to Winslow food fuck local women like Milwaukie Cafe and Departure, as well as to 15 private CSA customers.
It takes several years before a food forest becomes its own biodiverse ecosystem, but according to Cullen, it's worth it. Eventually, he says, "everything just locks. Best of Portland Shannon Gormley is originally from Baltimore, Maryland.
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