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Sue Arbuthnot
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  • Portland, OR
  • United States
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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Dirt Under My Fingernails City Slicker
Fill in the blank:
part-time rural dweller, ag lover, home canner, novice kefir maker
A bit about me:
Just completing a ten-year documentary, DRYLAND (drylandmovie.net), about wheat farming in eastern Washington and the Lind Combine Demolition Derby. A coming-of-age tale of one young man's lifelong dream to win the derby and carry on the family farm tradition. I split time between Portland, Oregon, where I grow and preserve our produce, and Burns, Oregon, where jackrabbits outnumber people 10-1. I love farm implements, especially sidehill wheat combines! Grew up in Wisconsin where my sister and I rode shotgun in the bulk truck with my dad, collecting milk from local farms for our dairy processing business. Love to drive my 1965 Ford 100 baby blue truck to the county fair.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Salmon croquettes from local Native catch, sautéed pimientos de padron with queso fresco, Basque chorizo with chimichurri, insalata capresi from our heirloom tomato & basil harvest, and peaches harvested and canned in SE Oregon, in remote spring-fed orchard once tended by two gold mining brothers on Steens Mt.
Currently reading:
Michael Perry's "Truck"; Modern Farmer, Shop Class as Soulcraft, "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed
Currently listening to:
DRYLAND original score by Mark Orton (Real Dirt on Farmer John, Nebraska), and including a song by John Mellencamp—"Longest Days"; 3 Leg Torso, John Gorka, flamenco, fado, Miles Davis, Burt and Elvis...
My latest DIY project:
Making our film DRYLAND with our own resources & a tiny but excellent crew—ten years putting this labor of love together with "haywire, duct tape, and bubble gum." Starting a publishing company, "InfinityBox Press" with 3 family members. Otherwise, canning fish, veggies, and fruit, biking, cooking for friends and family, and spending time with our dog Pete.
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
through the Farm Aid site, resulting from correspondence with Jennifer Fahy
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Comment Wall (1 comment)

At 3:37pm on September 16, 2013, Jennifer said…

Hi, Sue. Welcome to HOMEGROWN! My name is Jennifer, and I'm the flock tender here: site updater and tweaker, feeder and waterer of content. I’m so glad you found us—and congrats on nearing the completion of your documentary. It sounds fantastic, and I can’t wait to see the trailer. (When it’s ready, please share it here on HOMEGROWN!) And your latest greatest meal is making my mouth water. YUM!


I hope you’ll turn up plenty of projects and ideas here to spur you on, and I hope you’ll be game for sharing more about Dryland and future screenings in our member blog, The Stew and on our events calendar. Elsewhere on HOMEGROWN, you can always find the latest additions to the site at the top of the homepage, and if you’ve ever got a question, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on my profile page or shoot me a message. I hope you feel right at home!

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