We are a group of organic farmers and food producers
who have created Oregon Organic Hazelnut Cooperative
- an Oregon agricultural cooperative
The Oregon Organic Coalition has awarded its 2018 Award for Excellence in the Crop category to Oregon Organic Hazelnut Cooperative!
We are working to provide a source for organic hazelnuts grown by our cooperative members. We plan to offer retail, bulk, wholesale organic hazelnut kernels marketed through the OOH Cooperative. Stay tuned for further news on this with the 2018 Hazelnut Crop!
We will provide a grower to grower support network to offer consulting, tips, experience, research and general good will to help teach the next generation of organic hazelnut producers. We want to be the source of educating new growers of hazelnuts in organic methods. We will do this via our website, videos, summer farm tours, meetings, and spreading the knowledge freely for the benefit of people and planet.
We are working to address the challenges of processing organic hazelnuts. We want to bring new technology to the processing steps that will make kernel sorting easier, offer “flash” steam pasteurization to preserve the flavor of the nuts, and provide a size appropriate facility that can process organic hazelnuts by farm lot. We want to support both small and large growers which necessitate different considerations in the processing facility to do so.
What we offer:
Education to Growers
We will be bringing an educational organic production page to this website in the future. We hope to collect methods being used by a variety of growers, videos, on-going research trials. Our website will be the repository of our collective learning about organic hazelnut production.
Oregon Organic Hazelnuts
We are working to be the lead promotion organization for Organic Hazelnuts grown in Oregon. This includes marketing of hazelnuts from our growers, and making connections between producers, consumers and buyers.
Our organization believes in the values and ethics supported in organic farming and food production. We strongly support the organic certification process for farms and handlers. We don't take these logos lightly and know that they represent a check and balance on how food is produced that enables consumers to have confidence in what they are buying and eating.
Farm to Consumer Connection
The OOH Coop will be comprised of small and large farms as well as small and large businesses. We hope to preserve traceability and credit to the farms that work hard to produce organic hazelnuts and the consumers who want to support their work.
OOHC 2019 Board of Directors:
Kirk Reinecke, President
Taylor Larson, Vice President
Joey Jaraczewski, Secretary
Ben Larson, Treasurer
Linda Perrine, Member Director
Mary Claire Birkemeier, Member Director
Ariel Ruben, Member Director
Join us and help grow
Oregon Organic Hazelnuts!