Hoop House Incubator
Through the vision of Food Roots Founder Shelly Bowe, along with the Port of Tillamook Bay and other local partners, Food Roots constructed two high tunnel season extension hoop houses in the spring of 2019. These hoop houses provide growing spaces for beginning farmers to jumpstart their businesses through affordable leasing of indoor and outdoor land.
Who's using the hoop houses?
Circe’s Garden, owned and operated by Patrick and Courtney Mortensen, began their farming venture in 2018 on 1/10 of an acre. With a year of experience under their belts, they moved into the Food Roots hoop houses in the spring of 2019, which gave them the opportunity to expand production of salad greens and vegetables. They now supply local restaurants like The Schooner, Antonette’s Kitchen, and Pacific Restaurant with their produce.
The Food Roots hoop houses, along with the FarmTable retail storefront in downtown Tillamook, enable small-scale producers like Circe’s Garden to grow their businesses, enriching the local economy and providing our community with fresh, healthy food.