Our vision is of a strong farm community that provides healthy food, economic opportunities, and fertile ground to grow our rural heritage on the North Oregon Coast.
Our mission is to support a healthy agricultural community in Tillamook and Clatsop counties by keeping farmland productive, providing resources to agriculturalists, and helping new farmers to enter the economy.
NVFT, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to preserving farmland in our region and increasing local food production by:
Owning, renting or leasing property in order to operate or partner to operate farm businesses or to rent, lease or sell to farmers and farm related businesses.
Holding easements in order to preserve agricultural or ecological features of private land.
Providing agriculture related educational experiences to farmers, landholders, community members, and the public at large.
Providing and facilitating services that encourage a sustainable agricultural economy on the North Oregon Coast.
Vivi Tallman is a community herbalist focused on connecting people to the health benefits of plants grown and wild harvested in our area.
Vivi moved to Nehalem in 1978, and in her first years here she and her family operated a 40-cow dairy farm. In 1983, she helped to start the Fire Mountain School, an alternative elementary school in Falcon Cove, and served as director for three years. From 1992-97 she was the first coordinator of the Court Appointed Special Advocate program in Tillamook and Clatsop Counties. She is a past member of the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, and was a Board member of CART’M in its early years. In 2002, Vivi and six other community members founded the Lower Nehalem Community Trust, and she served that organization as a Board member (2002-2010) as well as staff (2004-2006).
Vivi sees being a Board member of the Nehalem Valley Farm Trust as an opportunity to draw on her experiences farming, starting and working for non-profits, and conserving local lands to assist in maintaining and growing our local farm economy.Vivi Tallman
Jared Gardner is a policy consultant and farmer. He has worked with legislators, treasurers, community bankers, and advocacy organizations on policy campaigns in five states with successes at the city, county and state levels. He has helped draft and shape policies and their implementation in the areas of economic development for family farmers and small businesses, divestment/investment, and state level economic development programs. Jared and his wife run Nehalem River Ranch, a 100-acre grass-fed beef, pastured pork and poultry and vegetable farm on the North Coast of Oregon.Jared Gardner
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Watt Childress has supported agrarian values for over two decades. Before moving to Oregon in 2001 he advocated for rural farm communities in Appalachia. In 1994 he co-founded Rural Resources, an educational organization that works to build a sustainable local food economy. He lives with his wife and two daughters on a small farm in the Nehalem Valley.Watt Childress
Denise Lofman is dedicated to working with communities to find solutions for their natural resource issues. Having moved to the Oregon Coast in 2004, Denise has applied her professional passion to resource management of regional watersheds. Denise was the Director of the Tillamook Bay Watershed Council (TBWC) for eight years before joining the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) as Director in 2012. The mandate of her work at CREST and the TWBC is to work directly with landowners to improve watershed health and salmon populations. She served as the board chair of the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils, the statewide associate of watershed councils, for five years, and has extensive experience in serving and leading non-profits. She focused her early career on green building, renewable energy, and water issues at Global Green USA, the US affiliate of Green Cross International. Denise was also a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, focusing on environmental education.
Denise’s key responsibilities as Director of CREST include administering and directing the activities of CREST on behalf of member cities, counties and ports in the region: environmental and land use planning and management, habitat restoration and assessment, and estuarine research and monitoring. She works closely with partner agencies, universities and non-profits in striving to further CREST's mission and services.
Denise holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Social Change and Development and International Economics. She focused her studies on working with stakeholders to encourage community development while improving environmental issues.
Denise is passionate about travelling and truly experiencing different cultures. She has spent an extended amount of time in thePhilippines, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, and Norway, and has visited many other countries. Her experiences abroad have gained her an expanded perspective on global environmental issues.
When she is out of the office, she loves to spend time outdoors with her beloved dog on the breathtaking beaches and rivers of the Oregon Coast. She is a Crossfit and Thai kickboxing enthusiast, is working towards her blue belt in Jiu Jitsu, and is an avid reader.Denise Lofman
Ginger Edwards is an organic vegetable farmer growing in the Nehalem Valley. Her farm (www.revolutiongardens.com) feeds 65 CSA families on the OR coast as well as local restaurants and the Manzanita Farmers Market. Ginger began the NVFT board in the fall of 2013 with a vision of seeing more young farmers have access to land, increased diverse sustainable food production as well as creating a small farm co-operative for local distribution and value added processing. Her dream is to revitalize the community food systems in Tillamook and Clatsop Counties and to increase the health and economic prosperity of the land, people and farms.Ginger Edwards
Last Saturday, dozens of people boarded a school bus to tour farms in the Nehalem Valley and ate an amazing local-foods dinner! Thank you to everybody who came out to the Nehalem Valley Bus Tour of Farms and Local-Foods Dinner on Saturday! Didn’t make it? Don’t worry, we’ll do something like this again! Here’s […]
This year we launched a new Access To Capital program, designed to give an economic boost to local food & farm businesses. We are excited about this program, through which we will be offering 0% interest loans to entrepreneurs who demonstrate new businesses, projects, and expansions that increase the agricultural economy of our area. We are […]