We’re Portland Homestead Supply Company, a one-stop resource for urban homesteaders. Whether you’re just starting to can fresh produce or working your way off the grid, we’re here to provide the support and supplies to make the transition to a simpler lifestyle. Come check out our shop and visit the goats and chickens. We offer classes and have demonstrations throughout the week. We look forward to seeing you – Happy Homesteading!
Kristl Bridge Owner
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Lauren Morse Store Manager
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Lauren met the folks at the Portland Homestead Supply when she spent a summer dropping CSA boxes at the shop for a local farmer collective. Though no longer a farmer for work, she will always be a farmer at heart.
Her current projects include lacto-fermenting sauerkraut, kimchi, dill pickles, and herb spreads. She also teaches classes on Lotion Making, Lip Balms and Glosses, and Natural Cleaning at the shop.
She spends nearly all of her free time at her house in Oak Grove, raising chickens, tending a large garden, and wild crafting weeds. Otherwise, she is an avid biker, dancer, and mom to a squeaky cat named Jules.
Lauren loves helping friends and customers with homesteading projects. Come by and pick her brain!
Beth Lorio Assistant Manager
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Beth came to the Homespun Store with not much homesteading experience beyond reading “Little House on the Prairie” when she was 9. In the last three years she has dabbled in candle making, canning and soap making, and she makes her own yogurt, ferments, and personal care products. Her current ambition is to make various kinds of cheese using kefir and kefir grains. Supposedly it is easy! And Beth loves easy! In fact, Beth has a secret dream to have her own TV series called “The Lazy Homesteader”… But now that dream is not so secret. Anyway, come by the shop and talk to Beth about your Homesteading dreams. If she can Homestead, you certainly can too!
Cody Bloomfield Class Coordinator
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Cody has a wide range of experience with fermentation and is happy to talk all things cultured, all the time. In addition to coordinating classes here at the shop, she teaches a demo class on keeping kombucha. She is a dedicated advocate for the share economy, citing the transfer of skills, knowledge and creativity that often occurs between those involved in trades versus the sterility and monotony of using cash currency. She actively trades kombucha and SCOBYs through Ripelist, a Portland specific app that serves as a platform for trading. She trades time cleaning at a local yoga studio for classes and time farming for vegetables, as well.
Cameron Cox Homesteader
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Cameron moved here from California to study urban agriculture and to experience actual seasons. She is an avid traveler, cheese-eater, day-dreamer, and is excited to learn more homesteading skills at PHS. A general food enthusiast, she loves connecting with others through cooking and growing food and is always curious to hear folks’ different techniques and tips in the kitchen and in the garden. She splits her time between digging her hands in the dirt, whipping up batches of soup or fresh pasta, and outdoor-walking with her life-partner, Bandit.
Tricia Fox-Sellers Homesteader
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Tricia’s first taste of homesteading began as a youngster. She was the girl with the sandwich made out of homemade whole wheat bread and home grown sprouts, envious of the other kids eating peanut butter on wonder bread. She can now admit that she was blessed to be part of a family that embraced homesteading ideals. Throughout childhood she learned how to delicately place luscious apricots and peaches into mason jars for canning; tend the beautiful garden that her father created; hover close as her father kneaded bread; gather eggs at their family ranch; chop and grate foods alongside her mother who made homemade meals every night for her family of nine. Now, as an adult, homesteading helps her stay in tune with mind, body, and spirit. She’s grateful for the influence of her parents, and hopes to pass their wonderful traditions down to her children. When she’s not knee-deep in making natural concoctions in her Vitamix, out tending the garden, gathering eggs, or caring for her children, Tricia loves taking walks in nature and playing the piano. Fermentation is still a mystery, and making cheese is a little intimidating. There’s always more to learn!
Heather Orton Homesteader
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Heather grew up in beautiful Southern California. She spent most of her childhood outdoors, going on nature hikes in the desert, wandering tide pools, and was taught a love of learning from a young age. She moved to Portland for college, fell in love, and has put down roots here ever since. In addition to helping us around the shop, Heather is an artist specializing in oil painting and food/lifestyle photography.
In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading great books, obsessing over produce at the local farmer’s market, fermenting, making bone broth, vegetable gardening, and preserving a wide variety of what Oregon has to offer – although her preserve of choice is blackberries. She currently lives in SE with her husband, Trevor, and her cat, London.
Clara Wolff Homesteader
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Clara was born in Fort Collins, Colorado but has lived in Portland since she was six. She spent many years volunteering at OMSI and loves art, especially photography which she has spent more time doing this year. She is a senior at Cleveland High School and will be attending the University of Oregon Honors College in the fall. There she wants to study environmental science and education. She loves to make her own candles and face oils and grew up in a home that was always filled with fresh food from the garden. She is working towards minimizing her ecological footprint by buying local or second hand goods and making her own products.
Sarah Heath Homesteader
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Sarah Heath has been a life long crafter and do-it-yourselfer. Having such a deep love for and understanding of homemaking skills, she’s a great fit for the PHS, and has found her time there beneficial in that it has reinforced and supported her growth in the field. Sarah especially loves fermenting, candle making, and is hoping to become more well versed in soap making. Sarah is not only an employee at the homestead store, but she is also a vendor, selling her whimsical garden themed jewelry at the shop.
Jessie Spain Homesteader
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Jessie Spain works and teaches gardening and soap-making classes at her favorite store, The Portland Homestead Supply Company.
She is the owner of Tree and Ladder, a Portland-based backyard fruit care company whose mission is to help people grow healthy and delicious fruit at home.
Jessie has been farming and teaching small-scale sustainable agriculture for the past ten years. She is a graduate of the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, and has an A.S. degree in Horticulture. She co-teaches an intensive gardening workshop annually at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, where she worked as the Farm Supervisor from 2010-2012.
In the past, Jessie has raised Alpine dairy goats, and is now part of a Nigerian Dwarf goat milking collective. She continues to make cheese, yogurt, and goat-milk soap, as well as lotions, herbal medicines, sourdough bread, sauerkraut, and candles. Jessie also enjoys canning, dehydrating, knitting and beekeeping. Her future homesteading projects include learning how to make tempeh, miso and herb infused fruit wines. Jessie likes to stay busy while living a low-impact life, and finds that homesteading is a natural fit for her.