Oregon City farm receives grant for meat freezer, online store
ChamBurn Farm in unincorporated Oregon City recently received a $500 grant from Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), a national nonprofit organization, to promote the safe and humane production of meat, milk and eggs.
ChamBurn Farm, owned by Jim Wilburn and Paul Chamlies, is using the grant to create an online store, as well as purchase additional freezers to store pork and chicken, making it possible for the farm to feed more people in the community.
Wilburn said FACT has been an "amazing resource" for his expanding farming operation. He's currently in a mentorship program through FACT with Tanya Moyer of Mulligan Creek Acres.
"She produces the same products as we do and has been so generous with her time and knowledge partnering with us to help navigate the waters (and grasses) of farming," Wilburn said. "I am so full of gratitude at the generosity of the farming community. I hope to give back very soon."As farmers markets and businesses began to shutter due to the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, FACT launched an emergency mini-grant program to help independent livestock and poultry producers respond to the challenges they faced as a result of the crisis. Since April, FACT has awarded more than $95,000 in mini-grants to 202 farmers located across 40 states. "The global coronavirus crisis has exposed the fragility of the industrial food system. It's become crystal clear that family farms are an essential part of a more resilient food system," said Larissa McKenna, FACT's humane farming program director. "We value the hard work that small farms are doing to care for their animals and feed their local communities."ChamBurn Farm recently built a pavilion and outdoor kitchen where it hopes to, one day, host cooking classes and private events.
"When we get to the point of feeling comfortable doing events, we'll have an events page on our website," Wilburn said. "Under normal circumstances, 12 to 16 people is a comfortable number in our space for a farm-to-table brunch or dinner."
Wilburn and Chamlies moved to the Oregon City area four years ago from Northeast Portland, where they kept urban chicken and had a large garden. On the five-acre hayfield they purchased in 2016, they've built a barn and transformed the space to raise free-range chicken and duck eggs, along with pasture-raised chicken, lamb and pork.
Wilburn likes the saying "know what your food eats" and says "we're committed to feeding our animals the highest quality we can." He welcomes visits to the farm anytime at 20925 Nursery Lane so members of the public can see the conditions in which his animals live.
Orders for eggs and meat for home delivery or pickup at the farm can be placed at chamburnfarm.com.
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