Sustainable Table: Commercial Composting

ASHLAND, Ore. — Dozens of restaurants, schools and grocery stores take advantage of commercial composting. Juice ‘N Java at the Ashland Food Co-Op is a busy place; all of the coffee stand’s grounds and filters go into a five gallon bucket. “We have about 8 to 10 gallons of waste a day, of just the … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table: Bees Wax Candles

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – Some workers in Eagle Point have been as busy as bees. A candle is a simple thing, but it can bring warm to a room or a meal. A Rogue Valley family knows that all too well and their bringing that knowledge and that light to people around the world. Angelika … Continue reading »

Oregon Ranks 3rd in Green Jobs

MEDFORD, Ore. – Green jobs are getting a big push across the United States, and Oregon is helping to lead the way. Experts in green technology say Oregon is ahead of the pack when it comes to creating new green jobs. A new study puts Oregon in the top three states in the country for … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table: Eat Local Challenge

MEDFORD, Ore. – Finding local produce, meats, and dairy can be a challenge in a busy life. While hundreds participate in “Eat Local Week”, each year, during this time about 100 people take it to the next level. Augustine Colebrook cooks for a family of seven and is a local business owner. This year, she … Continue reading »

Eat Local Week Begins

MEDFORD, Ore. – Hundreds are expected to pledge to eat local for the next week. Even more people will take advantage of the local food events and specials across Jackson and Josephine counties. Now in it’s 7th year, Eat Local Week showcases the abundance the Rogue Valley has to offer, from produce to meats and … Continue reading »

Ashland Council Wants Ban On GMO

ASHLAND, Ore. – The Ashland City Council is asking Jackson County Commissioners to ban genetically modified crops in the county. The council voted in its meeting Tuesday night to send a letter to the commissioners asking for the ban. Opponents of genetically modified crops say it can contaminate organic crops in Southern Oregon and members … Continue reading »

Section of Bear Creek Closed Temporarily

Beginning Monday, portions of the Bear Creek Greenway will be temporarily closed. Jackson County crews will begin work on a section of Bear Creek Greenway, just north of Phoenix, between Fern Valley Road and Northridge Terrace. Crews hope to finish the project by the end of the week, but work may continue into the week … Continue reading »

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 »

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