October 22, 2018 – Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA®) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on water management solutions that benefit both agriculture and the environment. FCA obtained a $250,000 loan from the Columbia River Gorge Oregon Investment Board (a fund
Photo Credit: FCA Exterior Sheppards Building
staffed by MCEDD) in April 2018 for leasehold improvements for the Sheppard’s Building in downtown Hood River. Having experienced a five-fold staff increase in the last two years, efforts had been underway to find a larger office space in downtown Hood River that could accommodate FCA’s growth as well as account for future needs. Being able to secure a lease for the Sheppard’s Building not only accomplishes those goals, but also allows the building’s rich agricultural history to continue under FCA’s tenancy.
Founded by brothers and farmers Charles M. and William O. in 1919 to provide orchard and vineyard equipment, Sheppard’s is one of the oldest family owned businesses in the Hood River area. In 2017, the completion of their new 20,000 square-foot headquarters at the Port of Hood River meant that their iconic downtown location was ready for its next chapter. With FCA’s origins rooted in Hood River, it was important to remain a presence in the dowtown district.
Photo Credit: Kate Schwager Hood River, OR: Pictured (L to R) are members of the teams that developed the Farmers Screen and continue to grow FCA: Farmers Screen Project Manager Dan Kleinsmith, FCA Executive Director Julie Davies O’Shea, Farmers Irrigation District Manager Les Perkins, FCA Irrigation Advisor Jerry Bryan, and FCA Farmers Screen Outreach/Development Lead Roy Slayton
FCA began in 2005 when the Farmers Irrigation District of Hood River licensed the Farmers Screen™ technology to FCA to take the screen to market and invest profits into other technologies that benefit both the environment and agriculture. Unlike conventional fish screens, the Farmers Screen’s patented technology has no moving parts and requires no electricity for operation. Nearly 50 Farmers Screens have been installed throughout 6 states in the western United States.
Through that work, FCA’s focus expanded to address the complete modernization of failing irrigation infrastructure throughout Oregon and the western United States. Having established trusted relationships through hands-on, solutions-oriented approaches with farmers and rural communities, FCA’s Irrigation Modernization Program is currently working with 18 districts throughout Oregon to upgrade infrastructure, restore streams, protect fish, and generate green, renewable energy.
FCA’s team takes a multifaceted approach to finding solutions that benefit both agriculture and the environment, bringing together a diverse group with backgrounds in: engineering, hydrology, renewable energy, project management, operations, community outreach, funding, communications and project implementation. Learn more about FCA’s team and work at fcasolutions.org.
September 20, 2018 – Terra Cotta, located on 214 Washington Street in downtown The Dalles, is a hidden gem for lovers of fashion. Terra Cotta is a women’s boutique catering a bohemian style and offering a wonderful selection of clothing, accessories and gifts for all ages. It is owned and operated by a native of The Dalles, Kenya Sarabia-Figueroa. Kenya’s vision for the boutique became a reality upon receiving support from Columbia Gorge Community College Small Business Development Center to complete her business plan and financial forecast. She then worked with Mid-Columbia Economic Development District to obtain a small loan through the Columbia River Gorge Oregon Investment Board.
Kenya discovered her passion for fashion at an early age while attending a class in elementary school in which she learned to sew garments.The result was simple: she fell in love at first stitch, viewing fashion and design as a means of unique expression. She continued her education and in her senior year at The Dalles High School, she mentored alongside accomplished store owner Louise Langheinrich, owner of Lines of Designs in downtown The Dalles. Kenya’s education continued in fashion as she attended classes at the Columbia Gorge College and completed her degree in fashion design from The Art Institute of Portland. Through further education, Kenya honed her craft. She gained valuable knowledge through her experience in the fashion industry which grew to a position of fashion designer and developer at the company known as the S Group in downtown Portland, Oregon. This new perspective in the fashion industry gave Kenya the confidence she needed to follow the dream that began in her youth. On June 30, 2018 Kenya realized her dream in the opening of Terra Cotta LLC, in her hometown of The Dalles Oregon.
Visitors to Tera Cotta receive bright energized and eclectic fashion, while Kenya adds a bit of complimentary country flare and professional garb. In addition, Kenya loves giving fashion advice to her customers and obliges her knowledge for any occasion. Being bilingual, Kenya spreads her love of fashion to all that enter her store. Her parents, Eliazar and Patricia, have been a tremendous help towards their daughter realizing her future and they look on to all that Kenya will accomplish. For Kenya and Terra Cotta the plain and simple phrase of “fashion is art” is reinforced and has helped Kenya become a tremendous artist.
Contact Terra Cotta at 541-769-0550 or shop online at https://shopterracotta.com.