Farmer’s Market Week Wraps Up

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Triple digit temperatures didn’t scare away visitors or vendors from Jacksonville’s Farmers Market on Sunday. Applegate Valley farmer Tyson Fehrman moved from Wisconsin earlier this year and opened By George Farm. He sees farmer’s markets as a great platform for getting his farm’s name out there. “Exposure, getting our name out there.  … Continue reading »

Farmers Market Sees More FDNP Coupons

MEDFORD, Ore. — More low-income seniors and nutritionally at-risk families enrolled in WIC will have more chances to purchase locally-produced fresh fruits and vegetables in Jackson County. The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market announced that Jackson County received near quadruple increase in the amount of Farm Direct Nutrition Program (FDNP) coupons this summer, meaning … Continue reading »

More Registered Farmers Markets

ASHLAND, Ore. — More people are choosing to buy from farmers markets across Oregon and the nation, driving the economy up. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported a 9.6% growth in 2012 of the number of registered farmer markets. Over 7,000 markets operate nationally. Oregon has 164 registered this year, ranking 15th place across the … Continue reading »

Sunshine Electricity In Lakeview

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — Work is nearly done on a project that puts Southern Oregon, especially southeast Oregon on the state map for renewable energy. A big solar power generation facility on the outskirts of Lakeview is the largest solar farm in Oregon so far. There’s really nothing like it until now in Southern Oregon: 20 … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table, Part 3: Availability

By Erin Maxson Growing your own produce can be an intimidating thing, not to mention preparing and preserving it. But there are lots of resources to help you get started on your sustainable table. Making a commitment to eating locally and sustainably can be as convenient or as involved as you want it to be; … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table, Part 2: Economics

Agriculture is a 4.5 billion dollar industry in Oregon, far greater in California, but a lot of that is filtering through larger productions. Ray Nouguier has been the produce manager at Food For Less in Medford for about 35 years, so he’s got a good handle on stocking the section year round. “If you limit … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table, Part 1: Eating Local

By Erin Maxson The most recent data for trade shows the US exported close to $100 billion worth of agricultural products; we imported slightly less $71 billion worth. In Part One of the Sustainable Table, we ask: is food from other countries or even from other states less healthy than what we grow here? From … Continue reading »

Brammo Hiring More Employees

By Sharon Ko ASHLAND, Ore. — Brammo is adding more employees by the end of this year. The company does its manufacturing overseas in Hungary but as it’s production grows, more of the bikes are built locally in Ashland. The CEO of the company says employees are working double shifts to keep up. By the … Continue reading »

ACCESS ‘Plant a Row’ Campaign

By Danielle Craig MEDFORD, Ore. — Your green thumb could help put fresh meals on the tables of families in need; it’s part of the “Plant A Row” campaign. ACCESS is asking gardeners to designate a row or even just a plant to donate. The fresh produce will then go to access food share. Last … Continue reading »

GMO-Free Group Conducts Petition Training

By Yessenia Anderson ASHLAND,Ore. — A group is moving forward with their effort to ban what they call a risk to the health of Jackson County residents. GMO-Free Jackson County is group working towards getting an ordinance in place that would ban genetically engineered crops from being grown in Jackson County. This weekend they spent … Continue reading »

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