We are strong. We are passionate. We are Able!
Able farms is a labor of love that was started when Megan Denton, a lifelong chef and gardener, met Jenny Herget, a deep thinker about the political systems that surround food production. They bought a cozy house in North Portland and set to work converting every open space of lawn into a permaculture garden. Through this adventure Megan and Jenny met Dan Cadmus, the former owner of Linnton Feed & Seed and their soon-to be mentor. With Dan and Jenny's help, Megan founded able farms in 2011 on nearby Sauvie Island.
Able Farms is over 3 acres of livestock, vegetable, and fruit production grown with the goal of sustainability and a vision of having the foods that feed our community originate from self-sustaining agricultural systems. We maintain a food-justice focus by following organic farming practices, humanely treating our animals, and involving our community in workshops and dinners.
Our ethics of sustainability, humane treatment of animals, and community mutual reliance defines our farm. We believe in integrity, kindness, and being a colorful thread woven within our community. We owe much love and gratitude to the Joslin family and all those whom have enabled our farm's evolution.
All of our produce and fruits are pesticide-free and our meat and eggs are pastured, GMO-free, and USDA certified. We take pride in our work and we welcome you to our family!
We'd love to have your help working on the farm with tending to our animals, weeding, pushing seeds, and harvesting. If your more interested in the culinary aspect we could always use an extra hand with Armada PDX. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you're interested in.
Megan is the force behind Able Farms. She has over two decades of culinary experience. Inspired by her passion for food & agriculture, Megan set out to grow and raise the best ingredients possible. Since starting Able Farms, Megan has honed her skills at raising crops, orchard management and animal husbandry while maintaining her connection to the culinary world. Megan enjoys partnering with other farmers, producers, and community organizers who share her commitment to sustainable agriculture and growing vibrant communities. Megan is currently Treasurer for Portland Area Community Supported Agriculture (PACSAC), an Oregon State Pork Quality Assurance Adviser, and an Oregon State Master Food Preserver.
Jenny has a Masters in Public Health and co-founded Able Farms with Megan. Though she helps with occasional farm chores, Jenny primarily supports the farm by maintaining the website and creating promotional materials. Jenny currently works as a Program Coordinator at the Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. She also enjoys working with other social-justice organizations to improve their relationships in the community. For more information about web-development, communication, and relationship building services please visit tendrilpdx.com.
Dan helped Megan and Jenny to establish Able Farms. He shares his wisdom and the in-depth farm knowledge that he has gained from over forty years of working and being apart of this country's agricultural world. He formerly owned and operated Linnton Feed & Seed and The Dekum Street Doorway, but is recently retired. Dan has been featured in Edible Portland Magazine as one of Portland's founding food warriors and has been an invaluable agricultural mentor to Able Farms.