SKYBERRY FARM

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LOCALLY GROWN. ORGANICALLY TENDED. COMMUNITY ORIENTED.
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HOW IT STARTED

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Sid Walters grew up on what we now call Skyberry Farm. Sid later met Garrett Kelly, Derek Cardinale, and Patrick Anderson in the desert of Arizona, where three of the four ended up becoming teammates on Arizona State’s Cross Country and Track Teams. Since graduating, the four have reunited in the hills above Portland to realize their dream of creating a sustainable organic farm.

While building out their CSA program, Skyberry Farm’s first season was spent removing two decades worth of invasive blackberry overgrowth. In the two season’s since, they’ve also constructed two gardens, a large custom glass greenhouse, chicken, duck, and turkey coups, a tree orchard, a creek, a large pond reservoir, and a few ancillary structures to support their farming operations.

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PROGRESS

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MEET THE FARMERS

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  • Sid Walters
      Sid WaltersCo-founder

      Hailing from Skyberry Farm itself, Sid grew up loving the land and every opportunity it presented for fun, creativity, and growth. After graduating from Arizona State University in 2009, Sid began his travels spanning several years and continents. After working on farms in South America and Eastern Europe he could not help but find the simple and sincere joy one receives from growing food. So as a return mission to Portland, Sid set out with the 3 other Skyberry farmers to revitalize the health of the native area and cultivate delicious and nutritious food!

    • Garrett Kelly
        Garrett KellyCo-founder

        Roughly one year after graduating from Arizona State Garrett threw everything he could fit into his truck and started driving. After much journeying, and many conversations with his old track teammates from ASU, Sid and Derek, Garrett landed in Portland in the summer of 2012 with the goal of making Skyberry Farm a reality. Garrett became immediately enticed through his passions for entrepreneurial creation, sustainability, community, and the great outdoors surrounding the farm.

      • Derek Cardinale
          Derek CardinaleCo-founder

          Derek was born in Point Pleasant, NJ and moved to the town of Siletz, OR when he was 3 months old. Though he left the Oregon Coast when he was 2 it must have had a profound impact on him because now he is back in Oregon and looking to grow and expand his roots just like the veggies he loves to grow. With a formal education in Urban and Regional Planning, Derek understands the need for resilience and a local based food system in the cities of the future.

        • Patrick Anderson
            Patrick AndersonCo-founder

            Born in Tokyo and growing up in the Yokohama Bay, Patrick started life out in the city. The hustle and bustle of elementary school transplanted him directly into the deserts of Phoenix, Arizona where he would continue playing outside and catching bugs. After galavanting around the west coast and graduating with a degree in Biology, Patrick is now a farmer at Skyberry. He has a wide level of experience from personal banking to grass seed research (he was literally watching the ‘grass grow’). Above all else, Patrick believes that life should be lived through play and nature is the best place to be.

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          PARTNERS

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