NEHALEM - The Lower Nehalem Community Trust is holding a Barn Dance and Harvest Celebration Potluck at the Alder Creek Farm between Manzanita and Nehalem Saturday, Sept. 27.

The Blue Heron String Band from Astoria will play along with Portland contra dance caller, Elinor Preston, who will teach the dances. Other local musicians will also perform.

There will be cider making, barbecue salmon, a keg of beer and homemade wine, as well as informational tables by local growers. Kingfisher Organic Farms, One Green World Orchards, beekeepers and others will be on hand to share information, as will a local biodiesel producer. Bring a potluck to share.

Apple cider making begins at 3 p.m. The Potluck begins around 5 p.m. and music sometime after that.

There is no admission charge, but the party is a fund-raiser toward the $200,000 the Lower Nehalem Community Trust needs to purchase Alder Creek Farm.

Five individuals bought the former dairy farm on the Nehalem Bay Estuary last spring and are holding it until the trust can raise the funds to hold it in perpetuity. The trust is already managing the farm and planning to restore the salmon creek and salt water marsh, as well as create community agricultural projects with the existing barns and orchards. The farm is home to a herd of elk, an otter family, marsh hawks and is a site for migrating birds. Numerous plants are beginning to return to the once-grazed pastures.

Lower Nehalem Community Trust is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization formed in spring, 2002, to preserve and restore lands of ecological, agricultural and community significance in the Nehalem Bay and Neahkahnie Mountain area. Alder Creek Farm is the Trust's first major project. All donations of funds and property are tax deductible.

The farm is located at the end of Underhill Lane off the south side of U.S. Highway 101, between Manzanita and Nehalem.

For further information, call staff member, Doug Firstbrook at (503) 368-6514.

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