In late May, Cully neighbor and farmer Ted Snider opened The Cully Farm Store at 5011 N.E. 42nd Ave. in the parking lot behind Rose’s Ice Cream. Currently open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Snider has a grand opening planned for Thursday, June 2, which is also the opening day of the season for the Cully Farmers Market.
“Farming and gardening and food growing have always been important to this neighborhood,” said Snider. “When I moved to Cully ten years ago, I started meeting lots of neighbors who also liked to dig in the dirt and I felt very much at home. In the ‘50s and ‘60s there were two neighborhood canneries here. Everyone grew something, or caught salmon, or picked berries. They would take it to the cannery to put up for the winter. With my farm store I want to support people who like to grow their own food, who have children who know how to pick a ripe strawberry and eat it, and people who are happy when they are digging in the dirt.”
The Cully Farm Store will offer plenty of farm supplies and tools, as well as a greenhouse with plant starts like tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, lettuce, kale and swiss chard. All of Snider’s plants are sourced locally, by Simpson Street Farm and other small, neighborhood growers.
“Portland has always felt like a place where you can get involved in things and make things happen. In the early ‘80s I joined a little organic farming group called Oregon Tilth and I spent ten years working on and promoting organic food,” said Snider. “I saw the growth of an industry and a fundamental change in agriculture worldwide. In the ‘90s I joined a friend in a project to start a farmers market in Portland. I spent five years slaving away every Saturday morning to set up and run the Portland Farmers Market and watched a resurgence of small agriculture and direct marketing that has changed the way America thinks about food and farmers. Now, living and working in Cully, I am seeing a neighborhood that is taking control of its growth and direction, instead of handing that off to the big money developers. I want to be a part of that new way of approaching development and growth.”
“You may have seen me shopping the estate sales and garage sales in the neighborhood, buying shovels, rakes and other garden tools,” said Snider. “I spent the cold, winter months in my garage reconditioning these tools by sanding the wood parts, buffing the metal and sharpening the blades and they are now ready to sell. I love working with these old tools. They were made to last and I’m giving them a new life. If you have tools that need some care or repair, bring them in and I’ll make them shine. If you want to care for your tools better yourself, I can show you some easy ways to keep them in good repair so they will make your work easier.”
“For backyard chicken keepers we are stocking a full line of feeds, grits, scratch and straw,” said Snider. “We also have basic supplies for goats and rabbits. We can fill special orders if people have other needs. I am excited to be able to offer a new line of feeds that are both non-GMO and organic and at a good price. For the farmers and gardeners in the neighborhood we have a full line of soil building fertilizers and minerals in small amounts by the pound or in full 50-pound bags,” said Snider. I’ve been using these materials for many years and love to give advice on what works. I can help with soil testing and tailor a soil building recipe for your needs.”
For more information, call 503-729-3508 or email moc.l1508699305iamg@1508699305erots1508699305mrafy1508699305lluc1508699305.