History of Sauvie Island Organics
Sauvie Island Organics started in 1993 with one small acre and two hard working women. We sold our vegetables at the Portland Farmers Market and to three area restaurants. As our experience grew so did the demand for locally grown produce. In 1996 we expanded to three acres, bought our first tractor and incorporated a 30 member CSA into our marketing mix. In 1999 we stopped going to Farmers Market in order to focus on our CSA program and the growing Portland restaurant scene.
Over the next decade we continued to expand our acreage and the amount of customers we were able to feed. In 2004 we were offered the chance to rent 13 acres managed by Metro (www.metro-region.org). This move allowed us to consolidate all our fields into one single piece and to continue to build upon the farm efficiencies that are so important to our operation.
Currently, we cultivate 18 acres to feed 400 CSA shares and working with over 25 different restaurants.