Category Archives: Latest News

Grower Spotlight: Jonathan & Katie Edmonds, Nut House Farm

Joe and Nathaniel Edmonds

Name and location of family farm? Funny you should ask about the farm name. My wife Katie and I have joked that we need to come up with a good name for some time but haven’t really settled on anything. The current leader is “Nut House Farm” because we sometimes think we are nuts for […]

Donald hazelnut business moves closer to national recognition

Hazelnut Processing

By Kristen Wohlers Canby-Molalla Herald-Pioneer An Aurora/Donald business may soon see its products on Walmart or Sam’s Club shelves. Wilco Hazelnut LLC, Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, a farmer-owned cooperative located on Butteville Road in Donald, was one of 800 small businesses invited to participate in an open call with Walmart and was selected as one […]

Grower Spotlight: Dan Brown of Four Ridge Orchards Inc.

upclose of hazelnuts on the ground

Please offer some details about your farm’s history. My great-great-grandfather came across the Oregon Trail in 1868 and he first farmed outside of Sheridan before buying a farm in McMinnville in 1870. They moved to the current farm in 1875 in Laurel, south of Hillsboro. I am part of the fifth generation. Previously we had […]

Grower Spotlight: Tim Aman of Aman Brothers Farm

Aman Brothers walking in a hazelnut orchard

How long has your family owned your farm? Our farm, located in Mt Angel, was originally purchased by my grandparents Carolyn and Frank Aman almost 100 years ago, so our farm is going into the fifth generation and we are close to becoming a Century Farm. Please offer some details about your farming history and […]

Board Decides Against Signing the HGBA this Year

MT. ANGEL, Ore., July 20, 2020 – Wilco’s Hazelnut Advisory Committee and Board of Directors, all farmer-owners who represent the cooperative’s ~200 hazelnut farms, have agreed not to sign the recently modified Hazelnut Growers Bargaining Association Agreement (HGBA). Only Wilco’s HGO WestNut subsidiary had signed the agreement in past years and 6.36% of the total […]

$772,052.01 Allocated to Farmer-Owners

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon Allocates $772,052.01 as 199A/DPAD Deductions

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon Allocates $772,052.01 as 199A/DPAD Deductions MT ANGEL, Ore., July 14, 2020 – Less than two months after announcing patronage payouts to their growers, Wilco, a farmer-owned cooperative, sends out an allocation notice to qualifying hazelnut farmer-owners for another $772,052.01 in 199A/DPAD IRS deductions. A written notice of allocation was mailed out […]

Grower Spotlight: Jeff Cruickshank, Cruickshank Farms

How long has your family owned your farm? Our farm is a century farm; my great grandfather bought the original farm in 1908 and he raised cows, pigs and sheep. My grandfather continued the livestock tradition with a dairy. My father continued the dairy until government regulations forced him to sell the herd or upgrade […]

Grower Spotlight: Heesacker Farms

Steve Heesacker, Heesacker Farms in Forest Grove, OR How long has your family owned your farm? My dad started farming hazelnuts in 1960. My wife, Karla, and I purchased the business in 2003. We are second-generation hazelnut farmers. How long has your family-owned and operated the receiving station? Since 1994. I helped Dad build our […]

New Products Hit Shelves

Oregon Orchard Hazelnut Products

We have kicked off our retail push to secure placement of our seasoned and raw/roasted packaged products out into the marketplace! “That’s the best packaging I have seen among several manufacturers presenting hazelnuts for our stores,” said the buyer at the Albertsons Companies, Portland region. Those were the first words of praise for our new […]

Oregon Orchard® Website Gets a New Look

New Oregon Orchard Website

With the release of the new Oregon Orchard® brand is an updated website! Thanks to the combined efforts of the Wilco/HGO Marketing teams and Portland Web Design, the oregonorchard.com site now features the new logo and packaging designs far better than the previous website. While the website debuted its new look in August, it will […]