CROPS (Community Reaps Our Produce and Shares) is a Multnomah County initiative that promotes culturally specific farming business development, healthy eating, and community building. CROPS is managed in partnership with Mudbone Grown and has a specific focus on Black and African Immigrant farmers.
The farm is currently being developed with plans for a barn, access-road, greenhouse, wash pack station, fruit tree orchard, and more. The main phase of construction is anticipated to be completed in mid-2023 with work already underway.
CROPS was started as a temporary use for surplus County land over a decade ago. The idea was to grow food for families in need. County farmer, Jerry Hunter, led the effort to create the farm, clearing 3 acres of land choked with invasive blackberry bushes and transforming the site into a lush farm. Over the following 10 years Jerry created a safe and healing environment where people of all ages and backgrounds volunteered, learned and shared skills, built community and grew fresh organically-grown food for the community.