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Naomi's Organic Farm Supply moves north - to Powell Blvd.

RITA A. LEONARD - One of Naomis pet goats, Binga, poses with her farm supply stores sales staff, Katie and Becca. Originally, it opened and built a loyal customer base at S.E. Tacoma Street, just west of McLoughlin Boulevard in Sellwood. Then it moved north into the Reed neighborhood, at S.E. 26th and Schiller Street, just south of Holgate.

Recently, Naomi's Organic Farm Supply Company packed up and moved north again — this time, to 3454 S.E. Powell Boulevard, a location from which the “Urban Farm Store” had just departed. Owner Naomi Montacre tells THE BEE she is pleased to now have twice the indoor space and five times the fenced exterior space available for customers, as well as more parking.

An indoor wooden pen near the front counter occasionally holds one or both of Naomi's two pet goats, Oona and Binga, whenever they visit the shop. The store is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., bringing along with it its cheerful staff, and plans for “a beautiful big plant area on the west side of the building.” The phone number and website remain the same: 503-517-8551, and www.naomisorganic.com, respectively.

Naomi reveals that gardeners can expect vegetable starts to appear in late February, while baby chicks should arrive in March. Fruit trees and vines, herbs, garden flowers, and Mason bees should come later, as weather permits.

Meanwhile, customers can browse through organic farming books and gardening tools to plan healthy gardens. Wild bird food is available for winter birds, and treats for customers include honey, teas, coffees, cocoa, nuts, and snacks.

Naomi is a certified Master Gardener who has taught many gardening and urban farming classes. Her intent is to provide information, as well as monthly “Pullet Days”, so that urban dwellers can raise their own healthy fruits, vegetables, and chickens. To that end, the business provides hay, fertilizers, soil amendments, compost, worm castings, and pine shavings, among other things.

“We're excited to be able to offer more native plants, ornamentals and organic vegetable and flower starts, especially for smaller backyard gardens,” remarks Naomi. “Our chickens — both rare breeds and classics — are raised organically, and we have lots of pre-orders for them. We'll also have ducklings for sale.”