Community garden open house slated

Experience a taste of organic gardening at beautiful Alder Creek Farm & Wildlife Sanctuary, and join us for a morning at work in our organic community garden. If you’ve ever thought about joining a community garden, growing tomatoes in a planter, or turning a garden in your own backyard, this is the perfect chance to learn more about getting started. You’ll see a small-scale working farm in action, plus everything that keeps it all growing strong, like the flock of ducks on slug patrol and the sustainable irrigation system.

This free event takes place Saturday, July 23, at 10 a.m. Alder Creek Farm is located at 35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem.

Courtesy photo/Ian Kennelly. Gardener Elliot Heitz offers an edible flower at the community garden bed to the food bank
Courtesy photo/Ian Kennelly.
Gardener Elliot Heitz offers an edible flower at the community garden bed to the food bank

Alder Creek Farm is a 59-acre natural area and wildlife sanctuary, and the community garden honors conservation with organic and sustainable food systems. In addition to the garden, the Farm hosts a native plant nursery, greenhouse, fruit orchard, and ethnobotanical trail.

All experience levels are welcome. Master gardener lesson begins promptly at 10 a.m. Bring water and your own gardening gloves if you have them.

This event is part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures throughout Tillamook County. Created by Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, Lower Nehalem Community Trust, Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS, Tillamook Bay Watershed Council and Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, these meaningful, nature-based experiences highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to preserve and conserve the area’s natural resources and natural resource-based economy. This effort is partially funded by the Economic Development Council of Tillamook County and Visit Tillamook Coast. Learn more about the Explore Nature series at

Lower Nehalem Community Trust is a community land trust dedicated to preserving land and nurturing conservation values in partnership with an engaged community in the Nehalem Region of the Oregon Coast. Its community garden at Alder Creek Farm is that rare place of colorful beauty and magic where volunteers come together to grow food to share among themselves and with families and neighbors served by the North County Food Bank in Wheeler.