Growing vegetables on Sauvie Island since 1993

Farm Crew

Shari Raider

Founder

Shari Raider

After earning my BS from Cornell University, majoring in Hotel and Restaurant Management it was time to move west. I landed in San Francisco where I was able to work and apprentice in some of the finest restaurants in California's Bay Area. I apprenticed at Chez Panisse, Le Trou and The Acorn Café, and then spent a year cooking at Greens in San Francisco. I had the privilege of being taught by great chefs who truly believed in connecting with local farmers. The next step in my journey was to learn more about growing the food that I was cooking. I entered the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) Farm and Garden Apprenticeship Program. Upon completion of this program I moved to Portland and in 1993 founded Sauvie Island Organics. The farm has grown tremendously over the past 20 years in both size and efficiencies, but one thing that never changes is the farm's commitment to growing delicious, seasonal, local vegetables for you and your family. I am honored to be part of this process.

Scott Latham

Farm Manager

Scott Latham

Almost a decade ago, I moved to Oregon from the Garden State. While attending college in New Jersey I co-managed the Cook Student Organic Farm CSA and after graduation worked as the Superintendent of the Rutgers' Gardens. St. Valentine's Day marks the start of my seventh year growing vegetables for you here at Sauvie Island Organics and the beginning of my first year as Farm Manager. Organic farming is always intriguing and I am grateful to partake in this vocation and appreciative for being part of such a fun, talented, and professional team of farmers here at Sauvie Island Organics.

Brian Wood

Field Assistant

Brian Wood

While attending The Boise State University Horticulture program I got a summer job at Peaceful Belly Farm in Boise. It was the only CSA Farm in the area at that time and a radical departure from any agriculture process I was used to seeing anywhere around Idaho. After that wonderful experience I knew that the agrarian lifestyle was the one for me but I still had a lot to learn and places to see. A few years passed without doing any real farm work until I decided that I would take the plunge and dedicate myself to farming. I then worked as an apprentice with Beth Gibans at her farm in Joseph, OR for a season and apprenticed here at SIO for two seasons. I now work as the Field Assistant here full time and couldn't be happier.

Francesca Benedetti

CSA and Restaurant Coordinator

Francesca Benedetti

It has been quite the journey from my childhood fear of eating anything green, to my now strong passion for eating, growing, and sharing fresh, nutritious, delicious, and yes, even green food. I grew up in Spokane, WA and every summer enjoyed helping my dad tend to, but not eating anything green from, our enormous raised garden beds and fruit trees. From there I went to UC Santa Cruz, succumbed to the peer pressure of eating fresh food, and completed my undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. After graduating in June of 2008 I moved to Oregon with a strong desire to reconnect with the Pacific Northwest and to work in sustainable agriculture. Before joining the SIO team as the CSA Assistant in November of 2008 I served as youth educator for the summer camps at Zenger Farm in outer Southeast Portland. I thoroughly enjoy all the daily activities that ensure our CSA members and restaurant accounts are always receiving the fresh, high quality, organic produce.

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