Archive for October, 2010

GreenFest Winners!

Posted by Erin|29 October 2010

What an amazing contest!

All of the responses we received are incredibly thoughtful and inspired tons of “aha!” moments. Thanks to everyone for sharing the big lifestyle choices and the little everyday habits that help lessen human impact and nurture our planet.

Six winners have been chosen at random to receive a free pass to the Green Festival in San Francisco! We will have goodie bags for you at the Mountain Rose Herbs booth #840, so come by to claim your prize!

We will also have 100 Pesticides Suck! tote bags at our booth to give away to blog readers during the festival.

Congratulations to the Winners!

70 – Tuesday Leigh
12 – Quiet Violet
120 – Kelly Mitchell
34 – Musetica
66 – Joe
100 – Jess

Please send an email with your full name to and we will arrange to have the Guest Passes available for you at will call.

See you all in San Francisco next weekend!

Welcome to the Mountain Rose Blog!

Posted by Erin|20 October 2010

An array of voices throughout Mountain Rose Herbs will use this bit of cyberland to explore herbal curiosities and wisdoms. We will share our favorite recipes, recount personal tales, announce exciting events and giveaways, post important company news, and so much more!

We hope you’ll enjoy reading the diverse stories from our little nook here in Eugene, and that you will join in the conversation. You can leave a comment for us, share our blog posts on your Facebook wall by clicking the “Like” button, or subscribe via the RSS feed.

Thank you wholeheartedly for reading our first blog post and herbal cheers to the blogosphere!


Giveaway ~ Green Festival!

Posted by Erin|15 October 2010

Six lucky blog readers will win a guest pass to the San Francisco Green Festival and a special gift bag filled with goodies from Mountain Rose Herbs!

Leave a comment telling us one thing you do to reduce your environmental impact.

We’ll select 6 winners at random on Thursday, October 28th!

We will also have 100 organic Pesticides Suck! tote bags and The Herb Companion Magazine’s annual Herbazine to give away to blog readers at our booth.  Let us know that you subscribe to our blog when you stop by booth #840 to receive your free tote bag.

We’ll see you in San Francisco!

A Green Booth for Greenfest

Posted by Erin|14 October 2010

As we prepared for the Green Festival in San Francisco last year, Irene and I decided to build a new booth for the many events we attend around the country. We brainstormed, thumbing through industry catalogs filled with everything from pop-up displays to fancy, super modern structures. It didn’t take long before we became disheartened by the search.

The lack of sustainable materials available to choose from made for dismal prospects. Could we really print giant photos of nettles and calendula on a big plastic backdrop? The thought of displaying a newly manufactured booth made of synthetic materials at an event focused on environmental harmony and green living made us cringe. That’s when the BIG idea struck. We would build our new booth using only recycled, reused, and reclaimed materials!

We dug through piles of wood at the salvage mill.

Our grand vision was to create a sunny herbalist’s garden with a mossy fence, rustic cabinets, old herbal books, rusty farm tools, and maybe even a wheelbarrow that we could fill with fragrant herbs – a plant lover’s heaven.  This, of course, would be a huge undertaking since the two of us were fiercely committed to sourcing every piece of furniture, wood, nail, twine, and prop on our own – none of it newly manufactured.  We made a list of every salvage mill, thrift shop, and recycling center around Oregon and set out to make our vision a reality.

The adventure began at BRING Recycling in Eugene. BRING is an amazing non-profit that helps the community re-purpose household appliances and building supplies that would otherwise be dumped in the landfill. Piles of bath tubs, lamp shades, old lumber, discarded doors, bike parts, hardware, and dressers are stacked high, waiting for the perfect project to come along. We were super excited to score old barn wood, nails, hinges, posts, and heavy iron volley ball net stands to construct a weathered fence for our booth.

We found most of our building materials at BRING Recycling.

Hopping from one thrift store to another, our garden started to unfold. We found an old ladder that would be an ideal display stand for stickers and brochures, a schoolhouse chalkboard to write information about the booth materials we’d found, and a gorgeous wooden flower cart we knew would make an interesting medium for sampling herbs. We even found used Astroturf made from recycled soda bottles!

With the car packed full of anticipation and potential, we made our way back to Eugene to start the design process with Shane McCloskey, a local designer and carpenter extraordinaire. Within a few weeks, he engineered and constructed a tradeshow booth that not only has the genuine charm of an aged garden fence, but also breaks down into a compact package, minimizing our shipping needs.

After months of searching, designing, and building the garden, it was thrilling to finally experience our lovely and inspiring booth in its full glory.  Plus, it really got us thinking…if we created a beautiful  display using nothing but items that were unwanted, what other wasted treasures might be hiding in the garbage? How can the business community, as well as individuals, consume less and re-purpose more? An important question for everyone to ponder.

We hope that you will stop by for a visit with us and check out our new green booth during the GreenFestival in San Francisco, November 6th and 7th. We will have plenty of herbal freebies to give away, so come see us!

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  • ErinErin (362)
    Erin is the Marketing Director at Mountain Rose and studied herbalism, botany, and ethical wildcrafting at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. She spends her days making botanical illustrations, playing in the garden, creating culinary gems, and formulating medicine in the magnificent Oregon Cascades.
    ChristineChristine (137)
    Christine is our Product Manager here at Mountain Rose Herbs and our Certified Aromatherapist on staff. She's a longtime Mountain Roser with nearly a decade under her belt and assists with selecting new and exciting herbal and herb-related products. She also makes sure our current products are the best they can be!
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    Kori is our Public and Media Relations Coordinator! A West Coast native, Kori is a seasoned nonprofit activist and community organizer. Having launched six adult kids, she spends her free time in her burgeoning organic and very urban “farm”—taming Heritage chickens, building top-bar beehives from reclaimed materials, baking, brewing, and preserving.
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    Irene Wolansky is the Customer Experience Director at Mountain Rose Herbs. Born and raised on the Oregon coast, her interests include crafting body care products and herbal medicine, harvesting mushrooms, gardening, brewing herbal mead, fermentation, and exploring wild areas.
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    Alieta is our Marketing Assistant! An Oregon native, she studied philosophy, Spanish and graphic design at Portland State University and has a natural affinity for the natural foods industry. She spends her time outside of work playing her 54 key Rhodes piano, hanging out with her cat Penelope, and cooking delicious gluten-free and dairy-free meals to share with friends.
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    Our team of farm representatives travel around the US and the world to visit our organic crops. They bring back stories and photos from their meetings with our farmers and important news about our herbal harvests.
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    Shawn is the Vice President at Mountain Rose Herbs, which means he has his hands in just about everything here, but he is most passionate about advancing the company's ecological platforms for sustainable business practices. In his spare time, he can be found deep in Oregon’s designated wilderness areas or fly fishing (strictly catch and release) with his furry friends Abigail and Maggie.
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