North Coast Grown project

Photo credit: Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming.

Photo credit: Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming.

Project overview

The overarching goals of this project are to provide local farmers and farm workers with education and training opportunities, as well as access to resources and networking opportunities related to production and marketing of fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamentals and other horticultural crops. 

Scroll down to learn more about resources we are able to offer through this project, including: workshops, Tillamook Farmer email list, and the POTB Hoop House project. 

The North Coast grown project was made possible by a grant from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant from February 2014 through September 2015. The following project activities were available at that time.

Where to find other training announcements:
* OSU Extension Tillamook County 
* OSU Small Farms program event calendar or newsletter
* Friends of Family Farmers website and newsletter
* … and through Food Roots’ other partner organizations.

Workshops

The North Coast Grown project is organizing, leading and hosting various workshops tailored to address the needs and interests of farmers and residents of the Tillamook County area. These workshops address a variety of topics related to the production and marketing of fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamentals and other horticultural crops.

Workshops past, present, and planned include the following subject material: compost; collaborative farm business projects; blueberry pruning and management; access to capital; farmland access; agritourism; transplant media mixes; transplant production; season extension; plant propagation; soil sampling and soil amendments.  Contact us to request a workshop topic that’s not listed here!

* For upcoming workshops and events see our Calendar page.

2014 Grow the Coast conference

The 3rd annual Grow the Coast Conference was Saturday November 1st, 2014.  

On the 2014 conference website you can still find:
* Workshop handouts and presentations available for your reference
* List and short biographies of workshop presenters
* Links and descriptions of organizations who hosted tables in the Resource Marketplace
* Our conference sponsors 

Tillamook Farmer email list

Food Roots and the OSU Extension Service created this email list to announce educational events and opportunities of interest to our local farms and food related businesses. The focus is on events and opportunities that are taking place in Tillamook County. Messages go out once a week, and sometimes less often.

View archived issues of the Tillamook Farmer email list. 

Sign up under FARMER NEWSLETTER on the right hand side of this page to receive the next message. 

Hoop House Project at the Port of Tillamook Bay

Hoop House Project background
Food Roots and the Port of Tillamook Bay (POTB) have planned this project over the past several years. This Hoop House project is part of the POTB’s FEMA Alternative Projects and is budgeted at $78,000. FEMA is providing 75% of the infrastructure cost and Food Roots secured the 25% match for the project. Two hoop houses, 30 feet wide by 72 feet long, will be installed at the POTB adjacent to the Officer’s Mess Hall (see site_plan).

Food Roots’ North Coast Grown project goals
Providing local farmers and farm workers with education and training opportunities, as well as access to resources and networking opportunities related to production and marketing of fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamentals and other horticultural crops.

Status & Timeline
FEMA approval has been obtained for the project as of early December 2014. Next steps include ordering hoop house structures and planning for installation and use. Installation date will be weather dependent but we’re preparing to be ready to begin as early as April 2015.  

Community partnerships
Food Roots sees great potential in collaborating with other organizations and businesses with agricultural or gardening related programs in order to make the POTB hoop houses a shared resource. Food Roots is providing project management through the North Coast Grown project through September 2015. We are seeking to recruit an advisory committee to inform programming and use of the hoop houses for 2015 and future years.

Programming and use
Partner organizations or businesses interested in using the hoop house space can help determine:

  • Details of how the interior space is set up. For example there are options for in-ground and container plant production.
  • Type of production demonstrations and workshops let by Food Roots
  • Shared educational program opportunities with Food Roots
  • Long term programming and use

 

This project was supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through grant ODA-3351-GR. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA. 

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