Springtail Farm began in 2011 as a small scale, multiple vegetable production site project. Pete Munyon and John Felsner operated fields in numerous locations: Eagle Creek and Portland Oregon, as well as greenhouse and field production in Ridgefield Washington. At that time (2011) Pete and John had approximately 2 acres in production.
In 2012, they ended their leases in Eagle Creek and Ridgefield and shifted focus to a 1 acre parcel in outer SE Portland. The space was a challenge due to numerous factors: gravelly and thin soil, aggressive weed colonization/establishment, as well as traces of the typical urban toxins often present in city soil, namely lead, arsenic and mercury. Though these challenges were all surmountable through remediation, soil building and vigilant cover cropping and cultivation, the work and strain proved to be too much for their partnership, and John left the endeavor to begin work on acquired land in Damascus Oregon.
Shortly after, Pete left the state to begin travelling and working on farms on the East Coast, and John took over the operations and finished out the season.
2013 rung in a new beginning for Springtail Farm! Heather Miles joined John as a partner, and they continued to grow herbs and vegetables on the Miles land in Damascus. The most exciting development of 2013 being the birth of their daughter, Lucy Grace Felsner on February 8th.
2014 saw John and Heather growing in Sandy and Damascus, focusing on potatoes, winter squash, sweet peppers, savory greens and cole crops as well as roots, onions and leeks. 2014 was also the beginning of Springtail Farm as a fully licensed business as well as starting a CSA support program for the farm.
So, 2015 ushers in new challenges and opportunities! This year Springtail Farm is working at Headwaters Incubator Farm Program located in Orient Oregon (for more info on Headwaters, see the Headwaters section), as well as working with other local growers and producers to bring our supporters and theirs the widest variety of produce available in the region. Please read the section on our collaborative efforts under the section “Working with others”.
2016 has arrived, and this season Springtail Farm is moving into growing fruit! This year we will be trying our hand at strawberries and various melons. We are currently preparing our production area in Damascus to plant cane fruit, blueberries, and possibly grapes in 2017. We will also be focusing more on our home centered farm stand in Portland, continuing to bring the neighborhood we live in the freshest in seasonal vegetables and fruit!
Last, but not least, we are expecting our second daughter, Josephine Helene, May 24th, and we are all very excited, Lucy Grace in particular!! We hope her enthusiasm for her sister doesn’t wane to quickly!
Lucy Grace had a wonderful 3rd birthday February 13th at our home in Portland, surrounded by friends and family. She has become quite a fiery and feisty little thing (Heather wanted me to add, “Tempered with sweetness”)…and we love her much!
To be continued…