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  • Cash Match Business IDAs
  • Building Credit, Building a Business workshop, June 23
  • Fall & Winter Veggie workshop, July 12
  • Lamb 300 Short Course, July 28-30
  • Pollinator Protection: EPA's Proposed label changes – Comment Period
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Cash Match Business IDAs

Apply soon. Limited number of openings available.

Individual Development Accounts or (IDAs) are part of a matched savings program to help low or moderate income residents of Tillamook or Clatsop County start up or expand their small farm or food business. 

Participants in this program save money each month for a period of one to three years and their savings are matched 3:1. For example, if you save $1,000 you receive $3,000 in matching funds! As part of the IDA program, savers are given support to complete requirements including writing a business plan and completing financial education. This program is an amazing opportunity to acquire capital to get a food business going (or growing!) in our region.

We are currently accepting applications for a limited number of openings this year for IDA program participants. Visit our IDA webpage for information about eligibility and to view income requirements. 

How to apply: Click here for Food Roots' IDA info and fill out the online questionnaire
Contact: email Lainie Koch at or call the Food Roots office, 503 815-2800
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Building Credit, Building a Business workshop

4 pm to 6 pm Tuesday, June 23, 2015 

The world of credit can be complicated and frustrating! Learn how to interpret your credit report and improve it as quickly as possible. A great workshop for anyone who wants to learn more about how credit affects their financial health. Remember, the best business plan in the world won't help you get financing if your personal credit is impaired.

Cost: $20
Instructor: Mike Cohen, Tillamook SBDC Director
Registration Deadline: Extended to Friday, June 19th.  Register at TBCC Student Services.  
More information: follow email link on SBDC website or call 503-842-8222 ext 1420
Location: Small Business Development Center at Tillamook Bay Community College, 4301 Third Street, Tillamook
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  Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Tillamook

Fall & Winter Veggie workshop

10 am to noon Sunday July 12th, followed by informal brown-bag lunch.

Chris Konieczka will lead this workshop on growing vegetables you can harvest in the fall, winter, and on into the spring. We’ll use the Alder Creek community garden as an example and share coastal specific information gathered from local farmers and gardeners. Early August is the time to start the autumn round of production. Join us to learn more about planning, simple and sophisticated strategies, varieties, and planting times for vegetable harvests in the cooler months.

Chris Konieczka is the ‘Urban Agriculture’ faculty instructor for the Clackamas Community College Horticulture department, and prior to that, worked as a Small Farms University Extension educator. He also worked for two years at an exemplary farm, Horton Road Organics, in the foothills of the Coast Range outside of Eugene, Oregon. He is interested in increasing the amount of food produced and consumed close to home.

Cost: $10
This workshop was made possible by funding from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program North Coast Grown project.
Registration: Please pre-register online
Location: Meet at the barn at Alder Creek community garden. Drive to the end of Underhill Lane, off of Hwy 101 between Nehalem and Manzanita
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Pollinator Protection: EPA's Proposed label changes

Comment period extended to July 29, 2015
EPA is hosting a public webinar that will provide background information and additional details about its proposed plan to prohibit the use of all highly toxic pesticides when crops are in bloom and bees are present under contract for pollination services. The plan also recommends that states and tribes develop pollinator protections plans and best management practices.  EPA has already held webinars with states and tribes. The public webinar will be on June 23 from 3 – 4:30p.m. Eastern and accessible online at

EPA will also be extending the comment period on the proposal an additional 30 days, ending July 29. Please visit in the regulatory docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0818 for the proposal to protect bees from acutely toxic pesticides, and to submit your comments on the proposal to the EPA.

More information: about the proposal and other EPA Actions to Protect Pollinators

Lamb 300 Short Course

July 28-30, 2015 at the OSU James E. Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility, Corvallis
For individuals involved with the sheep industry, LAMB 300 is a three-day, hands-on workshop designed for progressive individuals involved with the sheep industry.  The course will focus on teaching producers, feeders, and marketers (regardless of the size or type of operation) how to produce and market quality lambs and lamb products.  This program will increase one’s understanding of lamb quality and marketing, enabling participants to make informed decisions to improve profitability, competitiveness, and wholesomeness of the livestock they are producing.  The course will feature nationally recognized speakers in the area of sheep production, feeding, processing, and marketing. 

Cost: $120 early registration fee (before July 1st), $170 after July 1st.  Registration fee covers meals, materials, and parking arrangements.  Hotel accommodations will be the responsibility of the participants. The course is limited to 32 participants and will be available on a first-pay, first-serve basis.  
More information: WSU Central Animal Agriculture web page under “Upcoming Events”.
Registration: Print and mail in form, or register online
Contact: Gene Pirelli, OSU Regional Extension Educator, (503) 623-8395 or; or Sarah M. Smith, Area Animal Science Educator, (509)754-2011, Ext 413 or
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Joy Jones, 4-H & Agriculture Agent
OSU Extension Service
2204 Fourth Street
Tillamook, OR 97141

Emily Vollmer, North Coast Grown project
Food Roots
1906 3rd Street, Suite B
Tillamook, OR 97141
Food Roots and the OSU Extension Service in Tillamook County have created this email list to announce educational events and opportunities of interest our local farms and food related businesses. To view archived issues online click here.