About Your Farmers
We acquired our 2.2 acres near the Coast Fork of the Willamette River in the spring of 2016, with the help of a generous gift from Brian’s mother, Shirley Bird. Located next to Charles Little & Co. Flower Farm and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, it felt like purchasing a piece of paradise.
With the moving boxes still stacked high, Brian hatched the idea of starting a market garden. The soil in this agricultural corner was too rich to sit uncultivated, he reasoned. Unable to see past the unopened boxes (and my unfinished novel), it took me (Amanda) a while to get on board. But eventually I did
Permits for the house were granted in June of 2018. Anyone who has undertaken such a process knows that is a milestone in itself. The ground was broken for the foundation in July, and we moved in September of 2019. Shirley passed away in July of that year and never got to see the house.
But, even as her memory and health declined and many details of her past faded from her memory, she frequently asked about “that beautiful piece of land with the flowers.”
—to the extent that I am now sole agent, manager, owner, and member of Eagle Wing Acres, LLC. The vision is still evolving. We’re taking it slow and learning as we go along. We hope eventually to offer a CSA subscription—maybe this year (2021), if all goes well. We currently have eggs to sell, compliments of Brianna’s beloved thirteen hens.
We love connecting with community, so please send us a text or e-mail, fill out the contact form below, or drop by on your way to or from the amazing community treasure that is Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, with its miles and miles of hiking trails and outdoor recreation.
Brianna (a.k.a. Birdington)
Senior partner in charge of chickens. She has regarded them as near siblings since we acquired our first flock when she was two. She now regards them as her children—which they very nearly are, Amanda having abdicated her responsibilities when Brianna was nine or ten. When not chicken-herding, she can be found reading or writing great works of literature in the apple tree, singing in the rain, or dancing in the daisy field.
Amanda (a.k.a. Pigeon Mama)
Owner of Eagle Wing Acres and executor of all operations she can’t shuffle off on someone else. Between gardening tasks, she edits, writes, cooks, paints and draws, and takes care of the pigeons, whose primary contributions at present are their aesthetic grace and eccentric personalities.
Brian (a.k.a. Professor Bird)
Head of Eagle Wing Acres research and development arm. He can be found reading up on compost composition, the best broadforks on the market, growing cycles for greens, or high tunnel sourcing and construction, and otherwise tapping into the vast body of knowledge available about natural farming. An engineer by nature, he takes charge of fencing, weed suppression, burrower barriers and other essential infrastructure.
“He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”