Feb 28, 2024
TOPP supports growth of Northwest organic hazelnut industry

Partnerships made possible through USDA’s Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP) are providing farmer training, education and outreach activities across the country.

Northwest regional partner Oregon Organic Hazelnut Collective (OOHC) and Northwest regional lead Oregon Tilth welcomed over 75 farmers to Carter Clark’s Hazelnut Field Day in Aumsville, Oregon. At this educational event, attendees learned about plant and soil nutrient balancing techniques and the benefits of TOPP.Hazelnut field day, Oregon 2024

Organic hazelnuts make up a small portion of the Oregon hazelnut industry. According to the 2021 Organic Census, certified organic hazelnuts make up 276 acres in Oregon. But as more hazelnut growers in the state transition to organic, the industry is quickly expanding. Mentorship among hazelnut growers is one of the key reasons for the growth, and TOPP has played a large part in increased mentorship. The first ever NW TOPP mentorship pairing is kicking off now between two hazelnut growers, with many more on the horizon. With the addition of transitioning producers who participate in mentorship programs, the number of acres for certified organic hazelnuts is expected to increase by 40 percent.

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