Our story started when John and his wife, Rachelle, were looking at some property to start a modest farm so they could feed their family honest food. John called up his friend, Geoff, and asked if he and his wife, Amy, might want to join him since both John and Geoff shared a love for the natural farm life, poultry and being outdoors. Geoff (an engineer-minded duck hunter) and John (a visionary & outdoors-man) teamed up for the perfect partnership and formed Marion Acres, named after the original land which was in Marion County.
Shortly after beginning a land lease in Woodburn, OR, Marion Acres purchased 32 broiler chicks (We bought all they had!) to raise natural-style on pasture in the sunshine, eating bugs & fresh, green grass daily, just as God intended. As you might imagine, the finished chickens sold fast at harvest and the desire to continue farming grew in John, Geoff and their families. After harvest, doors were opened to move to a larger plot of land in Hillsboro, OR to amp up for a bigger season.
Marion Acres became an LLC shortly after and we prepared to purchase 500 broilers, which, to our amazement, completely sold out. Since then, we have been steadily growing. In 2016, we added beef, pork, turkey, eggs & various pickup locations. In 2017, John quit his desk job to become a full-time farmer, and we began offering our chicken to chefs & restaurants all over Portland. This year, we plan to continue the process of building our own poultry processing facility (that will be open to the public) and farm market on our new 47 acre plot of land.
We're excited to continue to offer our clients only the very highest quality meat available on the market. Our animals are moved onto a new plot of fresh, green, bug-filled, pesticide-free pasture every single day. Chickens & turkeys are processed on site by us and packaged with care. You have never tasted anything like these!
The Marion Acres story will continue, Lord willing. Until then, we are striving to provide you and your family the very best. Thank you for your support and friendship.
Your family farmers,
Co-Owner Geoff has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. When he isn't managing all the behind the scenes work at the farm or building new chicken tractors with John, he enjoys volunteering at his church, duck hunting, deep sea fishing, hiking, foraging, reading, and spending time with his wife, Amy, and their two daughters.
Co-Owner John has a diverse work history, from being a cafe owner, to Police Officer to Flight Instructor. When he isn't on the farm managing projects and animals, he is spending time volunteering at church, foraging, backpacking, learning Krav Maga and spending time with his wife, Rachelle, and their four kids.
Amy is a registered dietitian with a bachelor's degree from OSU. She does all of the editing and nutrition facts for our website. She spends her free time volunteering at church and at her daughter's school, reading, and spending time with her husband, Geoff, and their two daughters. Her mission is to provide sustainable, safe and nutritious food for the public and to encourage a healthy lifestyle through pasture-raised farming.
Marketing & Design Rachelle does our social media and branding. When she isn't shooting videos for Instagram, she is busy raising four kids and working at a fitness center. On her free time, she enjoys backpacking, foraging, range shooting, cooking, art and spending time with her husband John and their family.
Farm Crew Josh is a main part of our day to day operations. When he isn't moving chicken tractors or washing eggs, you can find him spending time with his wife and their two daughters. He also enjoys rucking on the farm or in nature.
Farm Crew Matt does daily chores and maintenance at the farm. When he isn't on the farm, he enjoys volunteering at church, backpacking, hiking, biking, wood working, and playing board games with his wife and three kids.
Photos by Silvius James in Portland, Oregon