GMO Labeling Measure Raising Millions

SALEM, Ore. – The battle over labeling foods in Oregon containing genetically modified organisms is turning into an expensive enterprise. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, nearly $23 million has been raised by campaigns for both sides of Measure 92, with those looking to defeat the proposal out-raising proponents almost 3-to-1. The news comes … Continue reading »

Sharing Garden with Students

MEDFORD, Ore. — An effort to get Southern Oregon to eat healthier is growing. The organization known as P. Annie’s Secret Garden, sent 20 Head Start students home with bags of fruits and vegetables on Thursday. More than 100 pounds of food were distributed from over 6 small gardens in the area. The gardens are … Continue reading »

The Realities of Recycling

CENTRAL POINT, Ore.– The effort to recycle has gained popularity over the years, but some may still wonder if it is worth it. Rogue Disposal Recycling Coordinator, Denise Barnes, said it is. “Rather than using raw materials to make new products, we are able to bring life from old products back into new products.” Many … Continue reading »

Inspiring Kids to Play with Dirt

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A local mom is starting an urban gardening and downtown beautification effort in Central Point by teaching kids to play with dirt. Taneea Browning is the founder of the “Dirt Park,” an after school program for now serving on the Noah’s Ark School. Nineteen kids have signed up, turning the small … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Benefits of Chickens

MEDFORD, Ore. — With the growing movement toward eating locally grown foods, keeping backyard chickens in urban settings is becoming more popular. Oregon State University (OSU) Extension’s Master Gardener De Guy shows us how having a couple of chickens can benefit a gardener.

Central Point Garden Needs Help

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – An organization that works to grow fresh produce for people in need is getting a lot of attention. P. Annie’s Secret Garden is a non-profit group that relies on people to donate space in their backyards so volunteers can plant fruits and vegetables for the homeless, students, veterans, and anyone else … Continue reading »

Preparing for GMO Lawsuit

MEDFORD, Ore. — Less than a week into the Jackson County GMO ban, supporters are already preparing for a legal fight. Campaigners with Our Family Farms Coalition say statements from an opposition group in Salem lead them to believe a lawsuit may be on the way. Our Family Farms sent out a message to supporters … Continue reading »

Ruch Library Plant Sale

RUCH, Ore. — Ruch residents are raising funds to keep their library open, even if the library tax measure does not pass. Saturday, supporters of “Friends of the Ruch Library” held a plant sell. Organizers say they hope to raise $500 by selling locally-grown produce and flowers. The money raised from the sale will go … Continue reading »

Talent’s Annual Green-Up Clean-Up

TALENT, Ore. — The city of Talent’s Annual Green-Up Clean-Up is underway. This year it’s expanding to a week-long event. Organizers say they are trying to encourage people to recycle whenever and where ever they can. Throughout the day, the Green-Up Clean-Up crew collected a variety of electronic waste and educated the public about what … Continue reading »

Central Point Cemetery Clean-Up

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Central Point community members are doing some spring cleaning in a cemetery that’s fallen victim to vandalism. Nearly a dozen people gathered Saturday to clean-up the old Central Point Cemetery off of Hamrick Road. The cemetery is the burial ground of approximately 2,000 people. There is no curator on the grounds … Continue reading »

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