Member News

Pre-Conference Workshop at 2020 EcoFarm entitled Organic Survival: Practical Strategies for Resistance, Resilience, and Regeneration

November 5th 2019

Organically Grown Company is sponsoring a pre-conference workshop at the EcoFarm Conference in January entitled “Organic Survival: Practical Strategies for Resistance, Resilience, and Regeneration.” Presenters will include three Provender Alliance members:  Brenna Davis (PCC Community Markets, Seattle, WA), Elizabeth Nardi (Organically Grown Company, Eugene, OR), Bob Quinn (Kamut International, Big Sandy, MN), and Albert Straus (Straus Family Creamery, Petaluma, CA). The Registration is now open for EcoFarm and the workshop.workshop will take place on Wednesday, January 22, from 9 a.m. [Read More]

Free Herbalism Workshops in Eugene on October 13 – Hosted by Mountain Rose Herbs

September 17th 2019
Mountain Rose Herbs

Free Herbalism Workshops in Eugene, OR on October 13: Featuring Expert Herbalists Nicole Telkes and Doug Elliot Mountain Rose Herbs (MRH), is proud to present its 13th Free Herbalism Project at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum on Sunday, October 13 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Free Herbalism Project is a full day of herbal education, live music, food vendors, and all the organic tea you can drink. Nicole Telkes (pronounced: Tell-KISH) will be sharing her passion surrounding Fire Cider [Read More]

OGC to Host Sustainable Food & Agriculture Perpetual Purpose Trust (SFAPPT) Annual Stakeholder Gathering

September 9th 2019

About a year ago Organically Grown Company made a decision to protect its mission for the long-term by transitioning its ownership into a purpose trust.  This groundbreaking corporate structure is a form of “steward ownership”–while most businesses serve to maximize profits for shareholders, steward-owned companies focus on maximizing returns to purpose and engaging all stakeholders. One year later, OGC is moving towards qualifying their first “stakeholder” base. Stakeholders are responsible for electing candidates to the Trust Protector Committee annually, and [Read More]

Coconut Bliss Provides Updates to Women Entrepreneurs Initiative in Philippines

August 12th 2019

In 2018, Coconut Bliss committed $20,000 to efforts aimed at improving the lives of women in the Philippines through opportunities to start their own businesses. As a woman-led business with a company vision of “Blissful Experiences for All Beings”, Coconut Bliss was inspired by Project Drawdown to find a way to support and enhance the rights and well-being of women and girls. As stated in the book “Drawdown”, which includes the work of 300 scientists, “women and girls are pivotal [Read More]

Vice President of People and Planet Job Opening – Organically Grown Company (Eugene)

July 29th 2019

THE COMPANY: In most workplaces, throwing tomatoes at your boss would be frowned upon. At Organically Grown Company, we have a day set aside each year to do just that – the world knows it as the Tomato WAR, we call it group catharsis. The organic produce industry is not for the faint of heart but will steal yours if you aren’t careful. We work really hard each and every day to bring the best organic produce to market from [Read More]

Alyssa Harding to head Sustainable Food Trade Association

July 22nd 2019

New Castle, VA (July 23, 2019) The Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce its selection of Alyssa Harding as the next SFTA Executive Director. “We are thrilled to bring on Alyssa as Executive Director (ED) at this important juncture for the organization. With the increasing public concern about everything from climate change to disposable packaging, companies involved with the food system are uniquely positioned— both as impacted parties and positive change agents—to address these [Read More]

Organically Grown Company Welcomes New Innovative Leadership

July 9th 2019

Mike Boyle moves into VP of Sales and Sourcing role and Bryce White joins as VP of Business Operations PORTLAND, Ore. – July 9, 2019 – Northwest-based organic produce distributor Organically Grown Company (OGC) has recently promoted Mike Boyle to Vice President of Sales and Sourcing and welcomed Bryce White as Vice President of Business Operations. Mike Boyle brings an exceptionally strong and diverse background in produce retail, wholesale distribution, commodity procurement, sales, and team leadership. Mike joined OGC in [Read More]

Final Week to Apply for Mountain Rose Herbs’ $4,000 Grants 4 Plants Opportunity

July 8th 2019

One Week Left to Apply for $4,000 Grants4Plants Opportunity Five $4,000 grants to be given to mission-driven botanical lovers Eugene, Oregon –Mountain Rose Herbs (MRH) is one week away from closing entry to its second annual Grants 4 Plants program. This grant opportunity, funded entirely by MRH, will award five $4,000 grants to people or organizations that need extra assistance to bring their plant- or conservation-centric projects to fruition. Applicants must: Create a video (under three minutes) that describes the project [Read More]

Organically Grown Company Spearheads Passage of Landmark Legislation Offering Businesses a New Stewardship Trust Model

July 8th 2019

Oregon Passes Landmark Legislation Offering Businesses a New Stewardship Trust Model Portland, Ore. – July 3, 2019 – For Oregon’s mission-driven businesses, one of the biggest wins during the 2019 Legislative Session was Governor Kate Brown signing into law a bill making Oregon the first state in the nation to adopt a new alternative ownership option called the Stewardship Trust. House Bill 2598 was sponsored by Representative Julie Fahey (D-Eugene), a longtime business consultant who recognized that private sector leaders [Read More]

Good Food Awards Entry Period Now Open

July 8th 2019

2020 GOOD FOOD AWARDS ENTRY PERIOD NOW OPEN Accepting entries July 8-31, including new Grains category San Francisco, CA (July 8, 2019) – Today marks the launch of a coast-to-coast call for entries of beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, honey, fish, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, snacks, spirits and (new this year) grains. The Good Food Awards celebrates the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. As the only national initiative to recognize [Read More]

Tribute to Marlene Beadle, Founder and Owner of Marlene’s Market and Deli

June 24th 2019

A Life of Enormous Impact Announcing the passing on June 16th of Marlene Beadle, founder and owner of Marlene’s Market and Deli in Federal Way and Tacoma, WA, and longtime Provender Alliance member and supporter. “Marlene is alive through all of us holding her vision for Health & Wellness!” – Stephen Markham, Nature’s Path Foods “Marlene was a steadfast pioneer and innovator. She had an impressive commitment to both a pure natural food retail store, and to community education [Read More]

Blue Lotus Chai Wins Silver sofi™ Award for their Traditional Masala Chai

June 17th 2019

On June 23rd, several representatives from Eugene-based Blue Lotus Chai Company will be flying out to New York to receive a Silver sofi™ award at the 2019 Summer Fancy Food Show. Dubbed by Bloomberg News as “the Oscars of Artisanal Foods”, this award is presented by the Specialty Food Association and recognizes Blue Lotus Chai Company’s flagship variety Traditional Masala Chai for excellence in innovation and taste.

CDS Consulting Co-op Changes Name to Columinate

June 17th 2019

A name change announcement from CDS Consulting Co-op: We have some exciting news to share with you, CDS Consulting Co-op is now Columinate! ( Our new name is inspired by our commitment to your community. Columinate is rooted in our cooperative origins, and tells the story of how we use our expertise to help build brighter communities, together. Our goal is simple. We want your organization to thrive. Our mission is an enhanced version of what we have always known [Read More]

Sweet Creek Foods: Launching New Products as a Regional Producer

June 13th 2019
Sweet Creek Foods

By Sweet Creek Foods What does it look like as a regional producer expanding our line-up with new products? Well, we just launched an organic green tomatillo salsa, a zesty addition made from locally grown Pacific Northwest ingredients and crafted in small batches for premium quality and flavor. Also, we’ve added a new organic jalapeño relish – medium, a spin-off of our popular relish line and a cousin to our Pickled Jalapeños.  If you’re really looking to spice things up, [Read More]

Vital Leaf Hires New Sales Manager

June 3rd 2019
Vital Leaf

by Christina Sasser, CEO and Chief Product Officer at Vital Leaf Vital Leaf is pleased to welcome Michelle Prince as the new Sales Manager. Michelle joins their growing team with over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the Natural Products Industry and a passion for the healing potential of CBD. Certified in multiple holistic health modalities, with a long background in wellness education, she’s perfectly aligned with Vital Leaf’s core values and vision to infuse vitality into the [Read More]