Healthy Farms Clean Water program
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
- 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.
Free soil sampling
- 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.
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.
Email us for more information, or call Nancy Toth at 541-685-7438 or
Karl Morgenstern at 541-685-7365.