Urban Farm Collective

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We have a big work party coming up this Saturday, April 29th, starting at noon, at our Fertility Garden on NE Garfield and Failing (behind Nedd Ludd restaurant). We will work until the work is done, re-covering and repairing the greenhouse, leveling the floor so it is wheelchair accessible, tending to the chicken coupe, weeding and tending the garden beds...SO MUCH TO DO! We'd love all the help we can get! So, if you have any time to give this coming Saturday, please join us! We'll be having a big "thank you" party after with free food and beverages! All are welcome! Please bring gloves and water!
Thank you in advance and we hope to see your shining faces there!😁
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Going Rogue

Urban Farm Collective Location: 4510 NE Going St

Square Footage: ~5,000

Garden Managers: Brendan Crowe (crowe.brendan@gmail.com)

Urban gardening on NE Going St. is a charmed farmer’s life. Our garden in the Cully neighborhood rests on the street side of a double lot–perfect for a small farmstead. Property boundaries here lack clear definition. Humans, ducks, and chickens comprise the population of residents and neighbors.

Going Rogue Garden is one tenth of an acre. A handful of dedicated volunteers work this beautiful space and productive mini farm. Last season we double dug new beds, laid mulch, and grew our vegetable crop from seed. Going Rogue was ripe with gorgeous greens, petite potatoes, emergent eggplant, piquant peppers, and a ton of tomatoes!

In June, we teamed up with neighboring Handmade Gardens to create a family farm day, including an edible tour and lady bug release with the kids from Portland Preschool in SE. Our site was also a stop on Pedalpalooza’s urban farm tour.

This 2016 season we will continue to offer educational opportunities and connect the farm to the community. We are excited to be new members of Cully Neighborhood Farmers!

Our other goals for the farm include a dedicated structure for on site composting using pallets.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Brendan Crowe at crowe.brendan@gmail.com

Do you have resources or materials to donate? We would especially benefit from:

  • a timer and drip irrigation system
  • gloves, garden shears, digging knives
  • vegetable harvesting flats
  • speedling seed trays


Brendan Crowe is manager in residence, after he lucked upon a room for rent in the house! Having been a garden manager at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, he is grateful to steward Going Rogue–a farmstead that feels like a rural retreat!

Katrina Alfano (Portland Nursery) co-manages Going Rogue. She is studying horticulture at PCC, bringing her enthusiastic energy to the care of all of our little green things.

Melinda and Greg Williams (owners) have shared their land with the Urban Farm Collective since 2013. They are themselves gardeners, permaculture enthusiasts, and chicken owners.

Thanks to our 2015 volunteers! Katrina Alfano, Michelle Moulton, Katie Behrendt, Michael Jennings, Robin Boedecker, Adam Weber, Anthony Alfano, Maylee Hsu, Olive Evans, Bronwyn

Todd, Deidre DeBuhr, Matthew Grafton, Katie Cantrell, Jeff Harris, and so many more who made it a special year.

More fun to come!

Happy growing,

Brendan and Katrina