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1 hour 36 minutes


Community-supported Agriculture, Sustainability, Organic Farming -- Oregon -- Oregon City


Interview of John Martinson Jr. by Clint Anderson in Oregon City, Oregon on May 8th, 2008.

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John Martinson Jr. is the owner of Birds & Bees Community Farm. He wanted to be a farmer at an early age, and at eighteen spent a year on a farm in Denmark as an exchange student. Without a farm to inherit or money to purchase land, decided to pursue his interest in literature. He attended UC Santa Cruz, earning a BA in Literature, and went on to graduate school, earning a MA in English Literature. Throughout his college years, he spent his spare time gardening and volunteering for agricultural projects. Before finishing his PhD. he realized his passion for farming, and began pursuing it in earnest.


This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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