Lower Nehalem Community Trust (LNCT) celebrates community and conservation with its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 3, from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Alder Creek Farm is a natural area and wildlife habitat where folks gather this time of year to appreciate the beauty of conserved land, catch up with friends, and experience farm life for an afternoon. The Festival is free as are parking and shuttles.
There will be farm tours and conservation talks, as well as live music by Sedona Fire Band. This year Nehalem Bay Horse Excursions & Pony Rides is offering free pony and horse rides for both children and adults. Sponsored by NCRD, Sierra Gjerde will lead children in imaginative play and parachute games. There will be booths by local community groups, and best of all it’s the last farmers market of the season, so expect farm fresh produce, delicious lunch offerings, and handmade local products.
In a bold move, LNCT has eliminated on-site parking at this year’s event. LNCT Executive Director Dale Cramer Burr said, “The festival has grown, and we realized it was time to make Alder Creek Farm a no-car zone on October 3rd. Parking is available for vendors only, so we’ve set up a quick and convenient shuttle service for our community. Walking and biking are definitely encouraged!”
With an increasing number of cars every year, parking on the grassland habitat negatively impacts the property’s conservation values while encouraging vehicle usage. Continuous shuttles will run from four Nehalem parking lots: the municipal lot (corner of 7th and Highway 101), the lower NCRD lot (36155 9th Street, enter from B Street), St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church (36335 N Highway 101), and the Lighthouse Restaurant (36480 N Highway 101).
There is disability parking available at the Farm, and a dedicated pullover space at the end of Underhill Lane for passenger drop offs, too. “We’re really excited about everyone helping the environment this year. Hop on a shuttle and come to the Farm!” exclaims Burr.
Alder Creek Farm was Bill and Carole Anderson’s family dairy then a group of local citizens purchased the farm when the Andersons retired. The Farm became a home base for LNCT, which stewards well over 100 acres of conservation land in the region. Every year schoolchildren come from all over Oregon to experience hands-on learning about conservation. And the Trust’s all-volunteer community garden supplies organic fruits and vegetable to families served by the North County Food Bank. Alder Creek Farm has become a hands-on community classroom for a new generation of children and young adults learning about the land.
For more information and a festival and parking map, visit: nehalemtrust.org/harvestfest