DAYTON — For more than five decades Dayton was home to the Jolly Green Giant and Seneca.
Now officials are trying to create a greener identity for the rural farming community at the base of the Blue Mountains.
The Port of Columbia has unveiled a plan for Blue Mountain Station, an eco-industrial park. The hope is to fill it with artisan entrepreneurs creating specialty food products from locally-produced produce grown using sustainable, organic or eco-friendly practices.
Jennie Dickinson, port manager, envisions Dayton becoming synonymous with sustainable and organic agriculture.
"Our agriculture heritage is so rich and we want to take Dayton back to what it used to be in its heyday," she said.