“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.” - Octavia Butler
Mudbone Grown is committed to building a more resilient, thriving, and entrepreneurial food industry in which cooperation and best practices are the standard. Through its culturally competent farming programs and small business development services, Mudbone Grown practices and teaches what it promotes, and as part of a motivated and dedicated collaborative, is working to establish a more just and equitable sustainable food system in the Portland Metro area through the incubation of small agricultural businesses for farmers of color.
For the past three years we have worked with the Summer Works Youth PDX program. We enjoy working with youth and engaging them while farming in community. It was, in part, our children who were the catalysts for us going into farming full time. The youth bring an energy to the farm that is unmistakably hopeful. We appreciate their time and their presence. It is truly invaluable.
Beginning Farmer of Color Apprenticeship Program
Our first USDA program was the Beginning Farmer of Color Apprentice Program. It was through the USDA 2501 grant. It was a 10 month program aimed at training farmers of color in beginning aspects of farming. They were out on the farm 3 days a week for 20 hours. At the end of the 2018 season, we graduated 9 apprentices and grew over 14,000 pounds of food.
Boots 2 Roots PDX
The Boots 2 Roots PDX pilot program engages Veterans. It provides therapeutic hands-on community engagement opportunities that foster health and wellness while also preparing Veterans for meaningful vocational opportunities in the agriculture and horticulture industry.