What do cheese, beer, sauerkraut, bread, and yogurt have in common? They all undergo the magical, metabolic process of fermentation of course! This ancient method of preserving food converts sugars to acids, gasses, and/or alcohol. In the most basic of ways, fermentation breaks down foods into the most digestible form and encourages the growth of good bacteria. And if done well, they taste fantastic! Earlier this month we attended the 6th Annual Fun with Fermentation festival, put on by the non-profit organization, Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance (WVSFA). More than 650 fermentation enthusiasts attended the fundraiser to learn about the health benefits of fermented foods and sample food and drink supplied by local businesses. Sharing information and introducing people to fermented goodies in our community warms […]
Introducing our Sustainability Report for 2013! Mountain Rose Herbs operates in line with Margaret Mead’s celebrated words, “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” We know that business practices impact the world. It is so important for everyone to do their part to support organic agriculture, reduce carbon emissions, protect the natural world, and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. This is our mission as a company year after year. We hope you enjoy perusing our report which examines key sustainability indicators and guides us to affect positive change! View our 2013 Sustainability Report!
Join Mountain Rose Herbs in supporting one of the Northwest’s finest environmental non-profits, Oregon Wild! This year they celebrated 40 years of working to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waterways for all to enjoy. For the next few weeks, you have an opportunity for your donation to go twice as far! Until December 31st, we will double your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $5000! Donate to Oregon Wild today! Sense of place is very important to all of us. It shapes who we are, calms us in stressful times, and inspires us to grow. Wherever you live, you probably have that place where you feel your best. Here in Oregon, Crater Lake is one of those places that makes me feel simultaneously calm and awe inspired. It stunned me to […]
What an honor! Mountain Rose Herbs recently received a beautiful Salmon-Safe plaque for our work around watershed stewardship. Salmon are key indicators of ecosystem health, so what better way to protect water quality and Mother Earth than by protecting our scaly friends? Salmon-Safe works across the West Coast to transform land management practices so Pacific salmon can thrive. Dan Kent, with Salmon-Safe Inc., joined us at the Long Tom Watershed Council’s 17th Annual Meeting and Celebration to present the award. We were blown away when he told us that they repurposed a traffic sign and transformed it into this work of art! As a Zero Waste company, we approve! We are committed to water conservation, riparian habitat restoration, elimination of conventional fertilizer use in landscaping, and improving stormwater […]
Contribute to Cascadia Wildlands before November 30, 2014 and Mountain Rose Herbs will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $5000! We are extremely proud to support Cascadia Wildlands and the work they do to protect wild salmon, old growth forests, endangered predators, and the natural environment we hold dear. Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we are committed to conducting business in an ethically and environmentally sound manner. Part of our responsibility to the natural world is supporting organizations like Cascadia Wildlands that tirelessly work to protect predators, which are indicators of a healthy ecosystem. A keystone is an important piece of a larger whole; the stone in an arch’s crown which holds the other stones in place. Keystone species, like the gray wolf, play […]
Mountain Rose Herbs is a Business Member of EarthShare Oregon and we have setup a generous employee giving program that connects our staff with like-minded environmental organizations working to protect and defend the places we hold dear. Through this program, Mountain Rose Herbs generates thousands of dollars each year for numerous non-profits in the state of Oregon. Employees also work closely with many of these organizations through the Mountain Rose River Project. Our staff loves to give! This year, Mountain Rose Herbs raised $4,064 in annual contributions and had 31 employees participate, 12 of which were entirely new to the program! At the kickoff event for the employee giving campaign, Jan Wilson, Executive Director of EarthShare Oregon, thanked Mountain Rose Herbs employees for their generous support of […]
Once upon a time on a hot day in July, a group of dedicated Mountain Rose Herbs volunteers struck out to help one of our non-profit partners. With water in our canteens and homemade organic sun screen in tow, we followed the river path to our worksite – the herbicide-free butterfly meadow. Over 24 species of butterflies once called this former upland prairie and oak savanna home. Due to loss of habitat, only 7 remain. The Whilamut Natural Area is located in an urban park and is particularly special to both us and the Walama Restoration Project (WRP), who is working to provide a corridor for rare butterfly species with their seed collection and nursery program. Walama Restoration Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental […]
Last November, Mountain Rose Herbs was recognized as the first Eugene business to become Salmon Safe certified! Along with businesses, Salmon Safe helps farms, vineyards, campuses, developers, and parks transform land management practices to protect Pacific salmon. The team of experts evaluated our current practices and praised us for being on the right track. They also gave recommendations for how to improve, and we’re taking their advice! In the spring, we reached out to the Long Tom Watershed Council, a local non-profit devoted to improving water quality in our watershed. On a hot day in July, it felt like 97 degrees in the sun, but that didn’t stop us from walking the parameter of our campus, slogging through the bio-swale, and taking plant and sediment […]
Our very own Shawn Donnille, Vice President and co-owner of Mountain Rose Herbs, was recently honored by one of our beloved non-profit partners for his leadership and service! Shawn, former President of Beyond Toxics’ Board of Directors, was completely surprised when they presented him with the Visionary Leadership award at the Bee-Fest Celebration! In true form, Beyond Toxics threw a fabulous party filled with live music, sweet treats, face painting, and of course chilled Hibiscus High Tea. Eugene, Oregon is gaining recognition as the most bee-friendly city in the U.S. for our work protecting pollinators and specifically for passing a resolution to ban neonicotinoids pesticide application on city property. We are proud to live and work in a city leading the way to fight colony […]
Drum roll please… introducing Mountain Rose Herbs’ new employee-led Green Team! Our Green Team is committed to environmentally and socially conscious operating practices by informing and motivating co-workers about waste reduction, energy and water conservation, alternative transportation options, workplace giving, and volunteer opportunities. This fantastic group works with the Director of Sustainability and serves as a resource to co-workers. Each member brings something unique to the table. We look forward to sharing ideas at our monthly meetings and continuing to improve our sustainability initiatives for everyone here at Mountain Rose! Learn more about our sustainability efforts here!
Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we are passionately committed to protecting both the herbs we use and provide to our customers, and the beautiful wild medicinals found in our forests. But how do we go about this tricky task as individuals and as a community? Educating ourselves about which plant communities (and their eco-systems) are considered sensitive, at-risk, threatened, or endangered is a good first step. Understanding the realities of poaching and the harm caused is another. Only taking what we need from the plant world, finding alternatives that are bountiful or weedy (hello, Dandelion!), and spreading the word to our friends and family about sustainability are all crucial steps. We can all have “good practices” in mind when selectively harvesting wild herbs, but on […]
It is our great pleasure to announce our April Matching Gift Challenge benefiting our dear friends at the McKenzie River Trust! We will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $5000 from April 1st through the 30th. Make your donation go twice as far to protect the special places of Western Oregon! “Whether you want to admit it or not, wild fish, free flowing rivers, and pristine waters chock full of invertebrates is what defines the character of that curious specimen called the Oregonian. Our cultural heritage would be amiss without the rapture and delight that pure rivers provide and thankfully we have organizations like the McKenzie River Trust to protect this cultural heritage born of water, rock, and fish.” -Shawn Donnille, Co-owner and […]