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Individual Development Account Program Profile: Brigham Edwards and CommuniTea

Brigham prepares tea for a tasting

Brigham Edwards’ CommuniTea grew out of North Fork 53, an agrotourism destination and part of the Oregon Coast Food Trail that Brigham owns, farms, and operates with his wife, Ginger. North Fork 53 offers individual and group retreats, educational tea farm tours, tea tastings and farm direct retail sales. 

CommuniTea offers the Oregon Coast's first locally produced tea, both herbal tisanes and tea processed from the camilla sinsenis plant (white, green, and black). Brigham is passionate about tea. He studied tea and herbs for years before launching CommuniTea, and with Ginger, has visited and learned about tea in India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka and Japan.

Food Roots Individual Development Account program enabled Brigham to purchase equipment, supplies and the camilla sinsenis plants to launch CommuniTea. North Fork 53 is the only farm on the Oregon coast to have planted camellia sinensis for commercial production. They also offer hand-harvested and mixed teas featuring their farm-grown herbs and, until their own plants are big enough to produce enough, fair trade green and black teas. A variety of their teas are now available at our FarmTable storefront! And feel free to visit the North Fork 53 website or pay them a visit at 77282 Highway 53 in Nehalem, Oregon to find out more. 

Food Roots' Individual Development Accounts or IDAs are matched three to one savings accounts for entrepreneurs of modest incomes and assets, to save money to begin or invest in their farm or food business. If you or someone you know is a farmer, fisher, or food producer in our community, IDAs are an awesome opportunity to save for an asset purchase for your business. 

Please contact Lainie at or visit our website for more information about our IDA program.


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