Orchard gets axe

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A 20-acre hazelnut orchard along the west side of Keizer Rapids Parks has seen its last harvest. Volunteers were expected to begin knocking down the trees with donated equipment as soon as Saturday, Jan. 13. “It’s reached the end of it’s useful life,” said Bill Lawyer, Keizer Public Works director. “The lease on the property ended in November and the yield was so low that it was going to be, at best, a break-even deal for the farmer in the future.” The orchard has had a turbulent few years leading up to...

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