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Fri, Aug 26


Growing A Future School Farm


Come and celebrate the end of summer with us as we recognize the hard work of our high school summer interns and sample some of the Fern Ridge community's best salsas (prizes for best salsas!).


Time & Location

Aug 26, 2022, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Growing A Future School Farm, 88960 Territorial Hwy, Elmira, OR 97437, USA

About the event

This community evening event will be held on Friday, August 26th, from 5pm to 8pm under the cool shade of the Growing A Future School Farm's oak trees, Hobbit Door entrance and log benches. There will be fun, food and entertainment for the whole family, including the following:

  • Our summer interns will be providing personal tours of the 3 acre School Farm (fruit trees, vegetable beds, grapes, strawberries, flowers, greenhouses, training yurt, and pollinator garden)
  • We will be serving Tacos & Chips & Salsa
  • Cool drinks, music & games
  • The Hobbit Door and Dragon Bench for the kids (okay, adults too)
  • Community table sponsorships to showcare talents and goods

And to add a little fun and spice to the Summer Festival, we're including a "Best Home Made Salsa" competition* in the Fern Ridge area (with 3 different categories and winners): 

  • Best Pico De Gallo winner
  • Best Salsa Roja winner
  • Best Salsa Verde winner

* If you would like to participate, email us at (include your name and salsa category you will be competing in).


You can bring a blanket and relax in the green clover, play some corn hole, eat some delicious food, and enjoy the beauty of the farm and the hard work the students put in all summer. There is plenty of free parking at the Elmira Elementary School. 

Summer Harvest Festival & Homemade Salsa Competition Guidelines!

Date: Friday evening, August 26th, from 5-8pm

Location: The Growing A Future School Farm (88960 Territorial Hwy, Elmira, OR)

Parking:Elmira Elementary School

More information:

Food Provided: Salas, Chips, Tortillas, Proteins, Ingredients, Cold Drinks, Ice Cream, etc.

Cost:Free, but donations to support the School Farm are encouraged and appreciated

Contact: Salsa entrants or sponsors, please email us at

Purpose: To bring together the friends and families of the Fern Ridge community around a fun and delicious event. It is also designed to showcase the K-12 educational and training goals and purposes of the Growing A Future School Farm, the hard work the high school summer interns have put into the program, and the volunteer opportunities available for the community members.

Salsa Guidelines:The primary purpose of any salsa entrant is that their salsa is homemade and delicious. There are three categories that will be judged by community members (Pico De Gallo, Salsa Roja, and Salsa Verde) and prizes awarded for the winners. The other requirements are as follows:

  • Freshly made at home
  • Must be made from individual ingredients (grown or purchased)
  • Salsa provided in a sealed container the evening of the competition
  • Salsa entrance category (Pico, Roha or Verde)
  • Estimated temperature (Mild, Medium or Hot)
  • Name of Competitor
  • Quantity
  • Minimum = 1 quart for judges competition
  • Maximum = Please bring as much additional salsa as you would like to share with the community after judging is completed

Judging Competition: The Salsa judges will be community members, but cannot be directly related to any competitor. They will not know the competitors name during salsa tastings and ratings. Each salsa category competition will be held separately.

  • Each competitor’s salsa will be given a number for the judges to taste and rate on a 1-10 scale
  • Judges will do their best to rate each category type without personal bias
  • The combined score of the judges will determine the winner of each category

Competition Timelines: So the community will have the opportunity to sample and enjoy the various salsa entries, the judging will begin promptly at 5pm, so please bring all salsa entries to the school farm entrance by 4:30pm.

Community Guidelines: All salsas and chips will be carefully served by school farm volunteers into separate bowls & containers (lol, no double dipping) for the community to sample. Please be respectful and supportive of the competitors and judges no matter your personal preferences might be.

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