Myo DeMayo has transformed a former greenhouse into a small event space called Chicory Chapel on the Subtle Origin Farm property she owns together with Allisa Cherry at 4650 N.E. Simpson Street in the Cully neighborhood. The chapel had a soft opening last summer during Pedalpalooza’s Cully neighborhood farm tour and is now available for ceremonies and other community or art-driven events.
“Thanks to the Cully neighborhood’s rich urban farming community, our guests can choose to go extremely local and find flowers or caterers within just a few blocks of our chapel,” said DeMayo. “You can rent the space alone or hire one of the many ceremony officiants connected to our chapel. Chicory Chapel can be used for marriages, baby blessings, namings, coming of age or any other transformative moment that you would like to create ceremony around. It can also be rented for book signings, baby showers, engagement parties, business meetings or any other event that respects and uplifts the space. The venue can hold up to 25 people sitting or 40 people standing and rents for $150 per two-hour block.”
As curator, DeMayo makes sure that the chapel meets the needs of individuals renting the space.
“I am an origin mentor,” said DeMayo. “I help people find their paths, reduce anxiety, incorporate mindful living and access community resources. Many of my clients are entrepreneurs who need a second set of eyes. My office is located in our transformed greenhouse, sweetly nestled into our neighborhood farm. Through the natural beauty of the farm and deep meaningful connection, my clients are able to find and walk their truth.”
DeMayo moved to Portland in 2001 and began farming on a rental home in the Concordia neighborhood.
“When I started looking for property to buy I kept a close eye on Cully,” said DeMayo. “I loved the big yards and I needed property to grow on. I spent eight years running a Community Supported Agriculture farm and five years selling at a farmers market. I was the manager of the Cully Farmers Market for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The Cully Farmers Market is a sweet little market that exists because of the community’s effort to come together. I love the businesses on 42nd Avenue that support the market – like Our 42nd Avenue, Miss Zumstein’s, Old Salt Marketplace, Red Sauce Pizza, and Gina’s Cafe – which used to be Roses Ice Cream.”
DeMayo’s vision for Chicory Chapel has been percolating for years.
“I was an urban farmer when I first moved to Simpson Street 14 years ago, and began the transformation of our property into Subtle Origin Farm,” said DeMayo. “There was an existing greenhouse on the property but it was rotting and falling down. I tore it down but left the foundation wall with the intention of rebuilding. After ten years, I had collected enough wood windows to have it rebuilt. A good friend of mine, Craig Seppa of Craig2, rebuilt it using the existing wall. The massive metal skylight was donated from the Taoist Tai Chi Society. My career transitioned from farming to being an origin mentor at the same time our family grew and I needed to move my office out of the house and into the greenhouse. I recognized the need for ceremonial space in my practice and couldn’t help but extend that to the idea of a community and art venue. I also plan to use the space to shoot a series of music videos with local bands.”
For more information or to check for availability, call 503-284-6823 or email moc.l1503195324iamg@1503195324lepah1503195324cyroc1503195324ihc1503195324.