In May of 2010, Alix struck gold in the form of a Craigslist ad. There was an apartment for rent in a barn on 43 acres at the top of Parrot Mountain… aka, our personal heaven. As luck would have it, the landlords (the Leathermans), would even let us bring along our lambs. Could we have gotten any luckier? So that’s how we came to live at the Lazy Parrot Ranch. That’s us in the picture above: the two goofs surrounded by their brood of animals.
About 8 months later, the Leathermans very generously offered up a bit of their land for us to use for a community-supported agriculture project, a project we had been involved in in the past and very much wanted to start up again (well, Alix very much wanted to start up again, and through gentle coercion and minimal begging, Christian agreed to). So 2011 is our inaugural year for the Lazy Parrot CSA, and we’re pumped.
But a little more about us…
Alix came to love growing food by way of, strangely enough, the wine business. She started off on the production side of the business, and through some trial and error, came to realize that her real passion was really over on the growing side of things. She came to Oregon about 3 years ago and immediately dove head first into the thriving energy that this state has for its organic food and agriculture. While she spends her days working for a local family farm and vineyard, she fills the rest of her time outside in the garden, digging in the dirt and waxing poetic to her obliging boyfriend about the incomparable flavor of a homegrown potato. She loves the community that CSA creates, and cherishes nothing more than sharing a meal with friends. Her favorite vegetable is the tomato (but it’s really a fruit).
Christian joined Alix at the Lazy Parrot Ranch in October 2010 after spending the summer on the Pacific Crest Trail. While he has never had a natural green thumb, he likes the CSA model for its focus on building community around good food. He is excited to learn more about growing food from the love of his life (Alix didn’t make him type that), and is willing to trade for her expertise by serving in such roles as shovel-boy and chicken coop cleaner. During the day he works as a substitute high school teacher in the hopes of getting his own classroom one day soon. His favorite vegetable is kale.