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Rural Innovation Tour - John Day

  • Meet at Rural Innovation Gateway Greenhouses Oregon Pine Property, Highway 26 John Day, OR United States (map)

The City of John Day purchased the 58-acre Oregon Pine property in 2017 to create an 80-acre innovation center in the heart of the city. The former mill property will be reclaimed and revitalized into the John Day Rural Innovation Gateway, a location that integrates community, technology, education and commerce with a focus on rural innovation and rural-value creation.

The first phase of that development includes the city’s new commercial greenhouse for regional food security and hydroponic crop growth. Come take a tour of the greenhouse, complete with a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s plan for using reclaimed water for food production, in addition to learning about hydroponic growing systems with Agribusiness Project Manager, Matthew Manitsas.

For more information about this event, please contact Genevieve Perdue at genevieve@bmlt.org or 541-620-5754.


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Your Host

Matthew Manitsas, Agribusiness Project Manager



Suitability: Open to ages 10+.

Difficulty: Involves hiking 5+ miles on marked trail but uneven terrain. Elevation gain is approximately 1,000 feet.

Things to Bring: Sturdy walking shoes, suitable hiking attire, rain jacket, hat with a brim, sunglasses and sunscreen, sack lunch, refillable water bottle, camera, journal, backpack, and a sense of adventure.

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