Our Coast Magazine 2018:OC18
ALDER CREEK FARM NEHALEM, OREGON
NEHALEM VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANZANITA, OREGON
Karen Small is just one of 40 volunteers who take care of the gardens at Alder Creek Farm.
he Lower Nehalem Community Trust formed with a specific mission: to preserve land in its natural state and instill conservation values among community partners in the Nehalem region of the North Oregon Coast. Alder Creek Farm stands at the forefront of the Trust’s efforts and serves as an important hub for many of its activities, including the annual Harvest Festival in the fall and Living Locally Gala in the spring. Located at 35955 Underhill Lane, the farm hosts a community garden, greenhouse, ethnobotanical trail, native plant nursery, and a 50-acre wildlife sanctuary on the north edge of Nehalem Bay. The garden’s organic berries, vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, and ducks are tended by 40 volunteers who share the harvest among themselves and with the families served by the North County Food Bank.
A chunk of beeswax from a mysterious shipwreck recovered from a local beach sits in a case at the Nehalem Valley Historical Society.
he Oregon Coast is a living, breathing history class. On any trail head or beach, it’s easy to imagine you are following in the footsteps of the area’s natives and settlers. What came before the shops, hotels, and restaurants? Who walked the trails and fished the rivers when it was for work rather than recreation? Thanks to the volunteers at the Nehalem Valley Historical Society, the answers to those questions and more are right at your fingertips. Be warned: If you walk through their doors, you risk losing a whole day stepping back in time. The space, housed beneath the Pine Grove Community House at 225 Laneda Ave., boasts an impressive array of items and an ever-growing document collection. They also maintain an online archive to make materials available to anyone, anywhere. Stories fill the space: the grounding of the windjammer Glenesslin on the rocks surrounding Neahkahnie Mountain; a possible visit to Nehalem Bay by explorer Sir Francis Drake; beeswax from a shipwreck. Of course, with all the nearby shipwrecks over the centuries, visitors are always eager to ask about lost gold.