Healthy Farms Clean Water program
Agricultural land in Lane County
Program goals

The goals of the Healthy Farms Clean Water program are to protect critical drinking water resources and increase the economic viability of farming.

EWEB seeks to engage growers and provide incentives to:

  • Reduce chemical storage on farms
  • Reduce chemical use by transitioning to certified organic crops or other methods
  • Provide access to local markets that tend to pay more for crops
  • Participate in programs designed to increase energy efficiency, incorporate renewable energy and reduce water consumption
  • Participate in natural resource conservation programs or consider placing some land in conservation or working agricultural easements
Current projects
  • Mating Disruption Project
    This project looks at mating disruption as a way to reduce the impacts of the filbert worm and reduce chemical use on hazelnut orchards. Project partners include Oregon State University and the Oregon Hazelnut Commission.
  • Free soil sampling
    EWEB has limited funds available for McKenzie farmers to work with the Upper Willamette Soil & Water Conservation District to obtain soil samples and develop nutrient management plans.
Past projects
  • McKenzie Hazelnut Project
    EWEB worked with a number of McKenzie hazelnut farmers to reduce chemical use and runoff by improving the pH of their soils.
  • Mummy Berry
    EWEB and several blueberry farmers worked with the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides to address mummy berry disease without using conventional pesticides.
  • Free soil sampling
    2010-2012 McKenzie Watershed Healthy Farms Clean Water Grant

    The McKenzie Watershed Healthy Farms Clean Water program was funded by EWEB, a $45,500 grant from the Oregon Governor's Fund for the Environment, and matching funds/services from partner organizations.

    Questions?

    Email us for more information, or call Nancy Toth at 541-685-7438 or Karl Morgenstern at 541-685-7365.