Past events

Note:  These are workshops and events that have already be held.  This is an archive list since December 2014, which corresponds with the release of our new website.  

JULY 2015

Fall & Winter Veggie workshop

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Sunday July 12, 2015
10am to noon at Alder Creek Farm in Nehalem

Growing vegetables you can harvest in the fall, winter, and early spring, starts with planning and plantings in August. This workshop will be taught by Chris Konieczka, small farm educator and seasoned Oregon farm worker & home gardener. Chris presented at the 2014 Grow the Coast conference to stellar reviews so we’ve invited him back to present this more advanced workshop.

 Learn about simple and sophisticated strategies, varieties, planting times and how to plan for winter vegetable harvests on the Oregon coast.  We’ll use the Alder Creek community garden as an example and share coastal specific information. 

Chris Konieczka is the ‘Urban Agriculture’ faculty instructor for the Clackamas Community College Horticulture department, and prior to that, worked as a Small Farms University Extension educator. He also worked for two years at an exemplary farm, Horton Road Organics, in the foothills of the Coast Range outside of Eugene, Oregon. He is interested in increasing the amount of food produced and consumed close to home.

If you can’t make the workshop but would like to join us for a picnic lunch in the Alder Creek permaculture garden please bring your own lunch and join us between noon and 1pm.

Workshop fee: $10
This workshop made possible by funding from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program North Coast Grown project.
Picnic lunch: (optional) Bring a lunch and stay for ongoing discussion after the workshop. 
Registration: Please register online at or contact Food Roots at 503-815-2800 or
Location: Meet at the barn at Alder Creek community garden. Drive to the end of Underhill Lane, off of Hwy 101 between Nehalem and Manzanita
For more information: Email or call 503-815-2800

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 APRIL 2015

Planning for a Hoop House? workshop

Photo credit: Broken Banjo Photography

Photo credit: Broken Banjo Photography

Saturday, April 25, 2015 
12:45 to 2:15 at the Convention Center at the Tillamook Fairgrounds, 4603 3rd St, Tillamook

What to consider if you’re thinking about putting up a hoop house, from structue options to suit various purposes, to cost and installation. A farmer will describe preparations, considerations and installation of a hoop house for in-ground production. A Master Gardener will discuss the same for a hoop houses with table growing space.  Will conclude with a tour of the Learning Garden hoop house.

Cost$7 per class
Registration: OSU_SpringClasses_2015_registration form
For more information:
 contact Emily Vollmer at or 503-815-2800


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 Hoop House Community Meeting – Roundtable on Programming and Use 

Photo credit: Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming.

Photo credit: Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming.

Wednesday April 1, 2015
3:00 to 5:00 pm, at the Port of Tillamook Bay office, 6018 Hangar Rd, Tillamook

Join us to be a part of determining how the Food Roots hoop house space at the Port of Tillamook Bay will be used in the coming years. Your input will influence the details of the hoop house setup and programming! These hoop houses will be a shared resource for the community, so this is an opportunity to express what you want out of it, whether you’re a farmer, gardener, or other organization involved in agricultural or gardening related programs. Food Roots is providing project management through the North Coast Grown project.

CostFree community meeting
For more information: contact Emily Vollmer at or 503-815-2800

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     Presented by Food Roots’ North Coast Grown project, and the Port of Tillamook Bay. 

MARCH 2015  

Potting Media for Plant Starts

Photo credit: Molly Shaw

Photo credit: Molly Shaw

Saturday March 28, 2015
10:00am to 12 noon at the OSU Learning Garden at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds, 4603 3rd Street, Tillamook

This workshop will cover the basics of what you need to know to start your vegetable transplants in a hoop house. You’ll see a comparison of 7 different home-mixed or locally available potting medias seeded with lettuce or kale. 

Learn about:

  • Characteristics of a good potting media.
  • Adding fertility to your plant starts with compost or fertilizers.
  • Seeding technique and considerations including the time and activities required for plant care, space needed, and local planting dates.

Cost: Free. $10 suggested donation.
 contact Emily Vollmer at or 503-815-2800



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 Interpreting Soil Sampling Results (Soil Sampling Part 2)

Wednesday March 18, 2015
3:00 to 5:00pm at OSU Extension office, 2204 4th Street, Tillamook

Learn how to use your soil sample analysis results, including a discussion of fertilizer and amendment options.   Bring your soil analysis results to class for you to work through.

Cost: Free
 contact Emily Vollmer at or 503-815-2800


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South County Pie Day

Saturday, March 14, 2015
7:00pm to 9:00pm at Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City

South County Pie Day is fast approaching, coming our way on March 14 (Pi Day) at 7pm, taking place at the Kiawanda Community Center in Pacific City. We’ll have a fun and lively pie auction followed by an all-you-can-eat pie and ice cream feast, all for just $10 at the door! In addition, Pelican will be selling beer and wine to add to the fun, and we’ll have coffee and tea, as well.

This is a joint fundraiser for Food Roots, the Neskowin and Pacific City Farmers Markets, and the Pacific City Food Pantry.

The Kiawanda Community Center is located at 34600 Cape Kiwanda Dr, Pacific City, OR 97135.

A special thank you to our fantastic sponsors:
Pacific City-Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce
Rowboat Gallery
Bayshore Dental Images
Albert and Myra Thompson
Grateful Bread Bakery Restaurants
The Oar House Bar and Grill
Windermere, Pacific City
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Kiawanda Community Center
Coyote Gardens
Tillamook County Creamery Association
Equator Coffee Company
Twist Wine Company


Soil Sampling for your Farm or Garden (Part 1)

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Photo credit: Center for Environmental Farming Systems

Monday February 23, 2015
3:00 to 5:00pm at OSU Extension office, 2204 4th Street, Tillamook, and a field visit in the Tillamook area

Learn how to collect a soil sample (demonstration included), and why it’s important.  We’ll also cover other simple ways to lean more about your soil, including texture, pH and characteristics.  Bring some soil to this workshop and you’ll have a chance to evaluate it as part of the exercises.  

Apply what you learned to take a soil sample at home and submit it to a lab for nutrient analysis.  

(optional) Follow up in March by bringing the results of your soil sample analysis to the soils sampling workshop Part 2 to interpret the results, and learn about how to decide what to do about it including options for fertilizers and other amendments. 
Save the date for Part 2 Wednesday March 18th at 3pm.

Cost: Free
Bring: A quart of soil from your farm or garden (optional)
 contact Emily Vollmer at or 503-815-2800
OSU Extension Soil Sampling Guide
Nutrient Analysis Labs
AgSource Soil Sample submission form


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     Presented by Food Roots’ North Coast Grown project, and OSU Extension. 

 Coastal Farmer Retreat

Photo credit: Emily Vollmer

Photo credit: Emily Vollmer

Saturday & Sunday February 21 and 22, 2015
10 am Saturday to 1pm Sunday, Oceanside

This event is being designed by farmers, for farmers in our North Coast region. The organizers write, “The best part of a conference is the chance to connect with other people who understand what you do. That’s what this retreat is all about.” This overnight event will feature structured and spontaneous discussion, troubleshooting and problem solving, creativity, and moral support.

For more information: Check out this farmer retreat flyer.  
RSVP by February 18th: contact Emily Vollmer at or 503-815-2800

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Brought to you by the Retreat planning committee: Carolina Lees of Corvus Landing Farm, KJ Konink & Helen Fey Maze. Logistical & financial support from FoodRoots’ North Coast Grown project, and donations from Neskowin, Manzanita, and River People and Tillamook Farmers Markets.

 North Coast Launch Party

Wednesday February 4, 2015NorthCoastLaunch
6:30 to 8:30, White Clover Grange, 36585 Highway 53, Nehalem

For the first time…any Oregonian can invest in an Oregon small business. Come to this free event to learn more about this new opportunity for Oregon. 

Enjoy delicious local food and drink to celebrate Oregon’s new investment opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors at the Launch Oregon North Coast Party! 

The Portland, Medford and Eugene launch parties were great successes. Now the party happens on the North Coast! Come out and learn about this new law that can revitalize our rural coast with local investment capital!!
If you are an Oregon resident, click here to learn more about investment opportunities. To see answers to Conmonly Asked Question click here.

Cost: Free event. RSVP here
For more information: email:, phone: (503) 368-3044




Presented by a Nehalem Valley Farm Trust, and Hatch Oregon. 


North County Pie Day

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the White Clover Grange, 36585 Highway 53, Nehalem

An $8 suggested donation at the door includes an exciting, action-packed pie auction and an all-you-can-eat pie feast.  Yes—all-you-can-eat pie! This family-friendly event is a joint fundraiser between Food Roots and the White Clover Grange, and is designed to bring the community together for the fun of pie buying, pie eating and honoring pie as a slice of the American Dream.

Along with Nehalem Valley’s own Megan “Liz” Cole reciting the “Ode To Pie”—an annual tradition at the event—this year’s guest auctioneer Susan Tone is prepared to bring her brand of wit and fun to the auction block. This year’s pie day focus, Nehalem Valley heritage, is sure to include some pies that fit the theme. Fifth-generation local Marie Scovell promises her family’s venison mince-meat pie as part of the auction line up this year.  Along with these heirloom-style pies, the fun and lively auction will feature both sweet and savory pies made by some of the best pie bakers in the Nehalem Valley and surrounding communities.  Pies for all tastes will be up for bid, including gluten-free and vegan options.

The doors open at 2:00 p.m. for the auction, so bring your pie-loving friends, get a good seat, and prepare for an afternoon of delicious winter fun!

Cost$8 donation
For more information: White Clover Grange 503-368-7323 or Food Roots 503-815-2800 



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Food for the Local Soul: a gathering of ideas to grow our farm economy 

Saturday, January 17th, 2015
10:00 am to 2:200 pm at the White Clover Grange, 36585 Highway 53, Nehalem

Facilitated discussions about:
* Community investing and access to capital
* Land access
* Agritourism
… with the goal of developing actionable projects.

10:00   Welcome and Orientation for the event
10:15   Short pitches for table discussion topics – Descriptions and inspiring examples
10:45   Group discussions
11:45   Report back to the whole group and next steps  
noon   Lunch featuring traditional soul food

CostFree event.  Suggested donation $15
RSVP and for more informaton contact Trav Williams by email:, or call 330-822-2656. 



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   and Food Roots’ North Coast Grown project.



Photo credit: Bernadine Strik, OSU Extension

Blueberry Pruning workshop

Saturday, January 10th, 2015
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm, meet in Tillamook, at the Fairview Grange, 5520 Third St. 

Join us for some tips on how to get more berries out of your berry patch. This workshop will focus on fertilizing and pruning. Winter is the time to prune, and a good time to plan your spring fertilizing. We’ll cover concepts and examples inside, and then go to a small blueberry patch for a pruning demonstration followed by a chance for hands on practice. Drawing on 4 years of experience managing an organic blueberry field for research and demonstration at OSU, and hundreds of hours of blueberry pruning, Emily Vollmer will lead this workshop. If you’re growing blueberries here on the coast we welcome your questions and experience in the discussion.

Cost:  Free event ~ made possible by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program
What to bring:  hand pruners and loppers if you have them.
  Emily Vollmer by email:, or call 503-815-2800.

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  Presented by Food Roots’ North Coast Grown project.



Farmer Potluck ~ Roundtable on collaborative projects

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
5:30pm at Hidden Acres Greenhouse, 6760 S Prairie Rd, Tillamook

For farmers in the Tillamook County area this will be a space for making connections and plans. The roundtable discussion will be introduced with a focus on collaborations for commercial farm businesses. Bring your ideas to the table! Project ideas could be, for example, an organized series of farm dinners throughout the county, or shared distribution, or a cooperative CSA, or any other type of shared endeavor you’d like to pursue.

5:30 Potluck
6:00 Roundtable style sharing of ideas
6:15 Participant led discussions
6:45 Each discussion-topic group briefly share your project ideas with the rest of the group (or we’ll keep on with the discussions if we’re on a roll)
Adjourn when you’re ready, no later than 7:30.

What to bring:  Bring a potluck item to share. Coffee, tea, and lemonade provided.
Interested to attend?  Contact Emily Vollmer by email: northcoastgrown @ (remove spaces), or phone: 503-815-2800.

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