Take your Parents to Work Day

Our son, Josh, offered to take us to his workplace. The day turned out to be a little twist on the usual “Take Your Child To Work” day.

We drove to the Cully Neighborhood of Portland, Oregon and there, tucked behind a church parking lot, was a one-acre urban farm, owned by Matt Gordon. Josh met us as soon as we arrived and gave us a tour.   Pole bean plants climbed up the corn stalks. Sudan grass sprouted in rows to enrich the soil when it will eventually be turned under. Josh apologized for the weeds in the carrot bed. (Don’t worry, Josh, your parents won’t take you to task for that.)

The Cully Neighborhood Farm grows vegetables for its CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) members and restaurants.

Josh has been a farmer for almost 20 years and in addition to farming, helps other farmers with writing, consulting, and development of tools.

His book, “Compact Farms,” profiles 15 small farms of 5 acres or less. Each story includes helpful layouts and photos.

Josh has taken us on many farm tours over the years. We’ve heard him lecture on healthy soil. We read his book with great interest. How did our son grow into this mature, knowledgeable professional? As parents, visiting our grown up child at work was more than gratifying.

The showiest vegetable in the Cully Neighborhood Farm was the Swiss chard in our opinion.

Harvested squash and blossoms

How many tomatoes can cascade down one plant?

Josh (left) and co-worker harvested beans.

As with any job, the challenges of farming are tremendous: pest control, enriching soil, bad weather, controlling water and labor costs….   It requires creativity and persistence. Josh has what it takes. He loves what he does, and we couldn’t be happier.

A light spray of water on a hot day in Portland.


July 2017

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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4 Responses to Take your Parents to Work Day

  1. Puts my vegetable growing efforts to shame.

  2. leggypeggy says:

    That comment got away from me before I could correct it to say ‘your’ family.

  3. leggypeggy says:

    Very nice to meet another member of our family—and such a talented one.

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