We had so much fun at the Wildflower Festival on Sunday! Pictured above from left to right is Alieta (Marketing), Jenny (Customer Service), and Alyssa (Sustainability Director) having a fantastic time in-between shifts at Mount Pisgah. As Oregon weather will do, the day brought extremes from hail to rainbows, and we were delighted to share shelter, warm organic tea, and laughs with our local friends and new folks alike. Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by our tent! You can view our photo album from the event on Facebook!
We have been enthusiastically awaiting the day when this would be ready, and by the good hands of our creative team, we are happy to introduce you to our Dandelion Standee! We couldn’t think of a better herb to be than our favorite wonder weed, the Dandelion! This Dandelion Standee will be traveling around with us both this weekend to the Wildflower Festival in Eugene, Oregon and also to the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington. Alieta and Mason, from Marketing, weren’t exactly hesitant to be among the first faces in our standee! You all are invited to become Dandelions too! If you see us out and about, don’t be shy! Come on over and take a photo and use #WonderWeed on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook so we can all enjoy the smiling wonder weeds!
It’s not every day that we are on the big screen! If you live in the Eugene area you may have seen us on KEZI yesterday. We were so grateful to be invited to talk about our upcoming Free Herbalism Project!
Today was a little special! We were very excited to finally see one of our resident mother ducks march across our campus in the West Eugene wetlands to get her brand new family to the large pond next to our main facility. For the last two years, this mama has built a nest in the flower bed in front of our building — but no one had ever seen her take her fluffy little hatchlings to the water. Spotted through the front pick-up parlor window, the news spread quickly and any staff who could get away jumped at the opportunity to aid these little guys safely to our native plant-lined ponds and bioswale. We felt proud that our commitment to being pesticide-free and Salmon Safe meant this family had a healthy journey through our campus. They were enthusiastically greeted at the pond by fellow ducks and a few curious geese. […]
Nothing says “team building” like sharing a creative experience together! This past Saturday, our shipping manager Kris (sitting, third from the right in the second row), invited the entire shipping team out for a painting party at Vino and Vango in Springfield, Oregon. A mix of 22 employees and their enthusiastic partners showed up for the artistic adventure! Most had never painted before and everyone was laughing and having a good time as they all painted from the same image of Multnomah Falls. In addition to the good company, snacks, and creative inspiration, they each got to take their masterpieces home!
Ta da! We mixed up our favorite organic culinary oil, seasoning blend, and salt combos for sampling at the 24th annual Chefs’ Night Out — a fundraiser for our local food pantry, Food for Lane County. Kori and Mason had so much fun chatting, answering questions, and sharing in the culinary festivities with the 1100 guests who attended. We felt great knowing that we were playing a part in raising more than $75,000 to provide 225,000 meals for our neighbors in need! We shared savory tastes from our Epicurean Organics line of gourmet seasoning blends, artisan salts, whole peppercorns, and fine culinary oils! Our Epicurean Organics line is certified organic and we donate 2% of every Epicurean Organics sale to the Organic Consumers Association. You can view our fun album from the event on Facebook!
During a walk to the wetlands across the street from our facilities, we were so happy to see one of our favorite herbs, Dandelion, already going to seed! These seeds will soon be swooped up by the wind or blown away by a sweet child – beginning their journey to one day become part of delicious and healing recipes. Leaves, roots, and flowers, the whole plant offers us so much! If you would like to start growing your own Dandelions, you can find their seeds here. If you are lucky enough to be surrounded by this precious plant, here are a few fun recipes for you to enjoy and share! Dandelion Fritters Dandelion Hot Cocoa Dandelion Salad Dressing
Yesterday a team of six employees from Mountain Rose Herbs spent a few hours in the mist, rain, and sunshine of a beautiful Oregon spring day cleaning up our sponsored section of the Amazon bike path. This is part of the path that many of our employees bike on every day! This was our second clean up since adopting the path and we had a great day beautifying the scenery for all of the walkers, bikers, and local wildlife to enjoy. I snapped this photo of a recently planted Ponderosa Pine, a native pine tree in the valley, which was likely part of a city/volunteer effort to plant 250 native trees along our bike path, and more importantly, our second largest waterway, the Amazon Creek. In the background you can see our hardworking team of trash detectives! View our whole album on Facebook!
In celebration of the Spring Equinox we are happy to share a bit of spring beauty with you! Mountain Rose is nestled in West Eugene, where we have an estimated 75% native plant population at our main facility that we look forward to watching bloom every spring. Pictured above is a Trillium (Trillium ovatum) just on it’s way to bloom in Julie Bailey’s garden, which makes us think of our sweet partnership in adopting Trillium through the United Plant Savers‘ Adopt an Herb Program this year. We will post more about that soon! We are also sponsoring several native plant plots this spring, including a Trillium plot, at Buford Park for their Native Plant Nursery which provides native plants for sale in the community to strengthen our ecology and support habitat restoration projects. Have you greeted a native plant yet this spring? Happy Equinox!
We are beaming with excitement over the re-election of our Quality Control and Lab Manager Steven Yeager to the American Herbal Products Association Board of Trustees. Steven was also named Secretary of the board this year and he was appointed to the AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals Board! Mountain Rose Herbs is honored to be a part of this important organization, and we send our congratulations to all the folks elected to represent our industry and provide support to herbal businesses of all sizes. You can learn more about AHPA by clicking here. Congrats to Steven!
We were lucky to have a break in the rain today for a tree planting around our warehouse. Our Director of Sustainability, Alyssa, coordinated this planting with our pals from the Eugene chapter of Friends of Trees (including Jeff, shown here.) These Oregon White Oak trees will improve the soil and air quality on this industrial lot, and provide shelter for all sorts of living critters as they grow. Our warehouse employees took some time out of their busy day to help get these young trees settled in their new homes. Today’s effort was just one piece of the sustainability puzzle we tackle every day. You can read more about our accomplishments and goals in our Sustainability Report.
Last week, three of our favorite employees traveled to Germany for the annual BIOFACH–the world’s largest Trade Fair for Organic Food. Here they are in front of the Exhibit Centre Nuremberg where they were busy meeting new folks and reconnecting with current and potential organic vendors. What an exceptional opportunity to see what new products are coming into the organic market! Here’s our team from left to right: Elvira (International Farm Manager), Jennifer (Director of Operations) and Meghan (China and India Buyer). At Mountain Rose, we are proud to support Organic Agriculture throughout the world.