Mizuna Gardens is a small biointensive market garden in Warren, Oregon, just outside Portland. We specialize in growing unusual and heirloom salad greens for the finest local restaurants.
Warren is on Scappoose Bay, a tidal estuary adjacent to Multnomah Channel and Sauvie Island National Wildlife Area. Scappoose Bay is home to one of the last functioning, tidally influenced bays remaining in the United States. It’s part of the Columbia River basin and boasts rich farmland.
Mizuna Gardens was envisioned and started in 1993 by farmer Renée Oberdorf and changed ownership in December of 2017 to Danielle Smith. Since the beginning, we are proud to have worked with many creative chefs from the dawning of Portland's now famous culinary scene. Our passion has always been growing greens! Our joy is hearing the surprise and delight people express while discovering the many different flavors possible when leaves are grown past the baby stage.
We grow on a mere three quarters of an acre but produce an abundance of premium salad mix each season, upwards of four TONS per season. We also grow micro greens, shoots and other leafy produce. We greatly value the relationships formed with chefs and strive to provide the best possible customer service. Sometimes a delivery may be a couple clamshells of micro greens and once we delivered 300 pounds of salad mix for a single dinner event! We are committed to meeting the needs of our wonderful supportive customers.
All our work is done by hand without the use of any chemicals whatsoever and hardly a motor in sight. We follow all organic growing principles to a tee and beyond. Our customers know us. They’ve visited our market garden. We buy the best seed and use the highest quality organic soil amendments. We work the land with environmentally-friendly hand tools. Whether planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, weeding beds, or harvesting each leaf by hand, most of the work needs to be done on hands & knees to be done well. We're devoted to keeping the garden small and healthy.