Foster Road in Southeast Portland, Oregon is lined with wrecking yards, auto body shops, gas stations, cheap appliance stores, and vacant lots.
It’s not the place you’d expect to find a six-acre working farm or a ten-acre wetland preserve. But that’s where Zenger Farm is, nestled between a huge warehouse and a cluster of residential housing.
Zenger Farm is owned by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services and is run by the non-profit group Friends of Zenger Farm. The non-profit does employ a farm director and several others. But the 40 people who come out each day at dawn and dusk to tend the farm’s almost 70 chickens aren’t paid.
They’re members of the Eastside Egg Cooperative, and they volunteer to feed and care for Zenger’s hens in exchange for fresh eggs and a tiny slice of farm life.
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