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Our mission

Save Helvetia is a coalition of neighbors, friends, and concerned citizens who are working to preserve Helvetia and its neighboring agricultural lands north of Highway 26.

Our mission is to advance policies, leaders, and actions that protect Helvetia’s treasured resources.  Activities which fall within our mission include:

  • Advocating for rural reserves
  • Challenging unnecessary urban growth boundary expansions
  • Advising governmental bodies about interchange improvements/new road construction
  • Clarifying soil fill practices

Save Helvetia is registered as a 501(c)(4) organization.  Our Board and Steering Committee coordinate our actions.

Our Board members are:

  • Cherry Amabisca (President) – (503) 647-5334
  • Faun Hosey (Vice President)
  • Robert Bailey (Secretary)
  • Allen Amabisca (Treasurer)
  • Linda DeBoer
  • Elizabeth Furse
  • Don Schoen

Our Board coordinates with a Steering Committee to plan our activities.  Our Steering Committee members are:

  • Brian Beinlich
  • Victoria Demchak
  • Matt and Dana Furrow, Furrow Farm
  • Pam and Spencer Gates, Gates Farm
  • Lyn Jacobs, La Finquita del Buho CSA
  • James Just, Pumpkin Ridge Gardens CSA
  • Deborah Lockwood
  • Greg Mecklem, Pacific Crest Alpacas
  • Tom Minnaert, Jackson School Lavender
  • Aaron Nichols
  • Linda Peters
  • Casey and Dave Schoch, Schoch Dairy
  • Dave Vanasche, Vanasche Farms

If you would like to know more about our group, please contact us.  We also invite you to join our online discussion group.

About Helvetia

Helvetia is a small unincorporated community in Washington County, Oregon, and is located north of Hillsboro along U.S. Route 26 northwest of Portland.  It was named by Swiss immigrants to Oregon in the 19th century.  "Helvetia" means "Switzerland" in Latin.

The Helvetia area is home to such notable features as the Helvetia church and cemetery, the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals, Helvetia Vineyards and Winery, and the Helvetia Tavern.  Many people know of the Helvetia area because of the television series featuring the Roloffs and their farm.  Helvetia also hosts many annual events, such as the Helvetia Half Marathon, the lavender festival, and the Swiss Festival

A wide variety of agricutural operations operate in the area, including both small and large produce and grain farms, orchards, dairy farms, alpaca farms, and equine-related operations such as riding arenas and stables.  A notable type of farm is the subscription farm (also known as a CSA, which stands for Community-Supported Agriculture).  Below is a brief video featuring one of the several CSAs in the Helvetia area, La Finquita del Buho:


(Video courtesy of OLCV)

Many other businesses make their home in Helvetia and surrounding areas, serving the agricultural community and providing services and amenities for nearby urban residents.

Much more information about Helvetia may be found in the Save Helvetia testimony presented at the August 20th, 2009 public hearing.

You may also learn more about Helvetia from the Helvetia Community Association.  Among other things, the Association sponsors the annual Helvetia Culture Fest and offers many Helvetia-themed merchandise items that help fund the Association and its activities.


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