Community Garden Open House: Get a Taste of Gardening

The community garden at Alder Creek Farm in full bloom.

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 or turning a garden in your own backyard, this is the perfect chance to get started. You’ll see a small-scale working farm in action and learn more about composting and irrigation. Be prepared to work alongside volunteers and master gardeners weeding, pruning, and harvesting.

The next open house is Saturday, August 20, at 10:00 a.m. Alder Creek Farm is located at 35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem. This is a FREE event and registration is not required.

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 Pantry in Wheeler. Last year the community garden donated nearly a ton of fresh organic fruits and veggies.

Alder Creek Farm is a 59-acre natural area and wildlife sanctuary, and the community garden honors conservation with organic and sustainable food systems. Also, Alder Creek Farm is a beloved birding site and a stop on the Oregon Coast Birding Trail. In addition to the garden, the Farm hosts a native plant nursery, greenhouse, fruit orchard, and ethnobotanical trail.

All experience levels are welcome, and it’s recommended children come with an adult and be old enough to work independently. Master gardener lesson begins at 10:00 am. Bring water and your own gardening gloves if you have them.

For more information, visit or call Lower Nehalem Trust at (503) 368-3203.

This programming 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. The effort is partially funded by the Economic Development Council of Tillamook County and Visit Tillamook Coast. Learn more about the Explore Nature series at