In this photograph, Mike McMenamin is opening the door to the abandoned cannery at the Edgefield Poor Farm. Built in 1937, the building now houses McMenamins largest brewery, which opened in 1991. Residents at Multnomah County's relief institution worked on the 345 acre farm raising crops; tending cows, hogs, hens and chickens; or working in the cannery, meat-packing plant, laundry, hospital, or kitchen. In exchange they received a bed, meals, and money for tobacco. It was hoped they also learned skills to move them to self-sufficiency.
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